October 6, 2004

Bears To Compete In 2nd Annual Algonquin Cup

Oct. 6, 2004

STONY BROOK, NY - The Brown men's lacrosse team will compete in the second annual Algonquin Cup presented by Brine on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium. The premier one-day men's college lacrosse tournament features six nationally ranked teams from six different conferences - Brown, North Carolina, Hobart, Army and Hofstra, along with event host, Stony Brook.

After narrowly missing the NCAA Playoffs a year ago with a 9-5 overall record, the Brown men's lacrosse team is hungry to get back into the NCAA Tournament mix with the return of four of its five All-Ivy players from a year ago. Head coach Scott Nelson, the 2004 New England Coach of the Year and winner of over 200 career games, also returns nine of 10 starters to the lineup.

Pantheon International, producer and organizer of the annual John R. Wooden Classic and John R. Wooden Tradition college basketball invitational events, created the Algonquin Cup to showcase the country's elite teams each year in a Fall tournament.

"College lacrosse continues to build upon its loyal fan base and expand beyond the borders of its traditional roots, fueled by the rapid growth in participation and popularity across the country," said Kent Atherton, President & CEO of New York-based Pantheon International. "The Algonquin Cup provides top college programs a high-profile tournament to showcase the highest level of amateur lacrosse competition."

The day's events begin at 10:00am with the Brown vs. Stony Brook game on the turf field, followed by North Carolina vs. Hofstra at 10:30pm on grass. The winners will advance to face Army and Hobart, respectively at 11:30am and 1pm. The Championship Game will be played at 4:00pm. All teams will play a minimum of two games each including a consolation round. A youth lacrosse jamboree will also be held simultaneously on Stony Brook's fields with 26 teams and over 400 children grades 5-12 participating.