SPARKS, Md. – US Lacrosse today announced the schedule for the annual Team USA Spring Premiere, which kicks off the 2017 lacrosse season in grand style with the senior men’s and women’s national teams competing against top Division I programs. The event will take place on the weekend of Jan. 13-15 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

“This event is a great opportunity for Team USA to take on top competition on our home soil as they train to compete against the world’s best,” said Lance Basler, US Lacrosse national teams manager. “We are excited to welcome Florida and Notre Dame to a world-class venue this January.”

The U.S. women’s national team, which is training in preparation for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup on July 13-22 in Guildford, England, will play back-to-back matches against the 2016 NCAA tournament’s No. 2 seed Florida on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“It is a great measuring stick for our team to be able to compete against the best players in the world on Team USA,” said Florida coach Amanda O’Leary. “It gives us a tremendous opportunity to see what our strengths and weaknesses are in a game scenario, and be able to work on them before the regular season begins.”

The 2017 World Cup Training Team will then face last year’s No. 6 seed Notre Dame at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, before the U.S. men’s national team squares off also against Notre Dame, which was seeded third, at 1 p.m.

"This is the third time that we have gone down there to play the national team,” said Notre Dame men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan. “First of all, it's always an honor to play against the best in the country. More importantly, it is a team-building opportunity for us. It is an unbelievable way for us to start our preseason. To know that from day one, we are going to have to compete and play at a very high level to get out of the scrimmage what we want to get out of it. Playing Team USA is all positive for our program in so many different aspects."

Ticket information will be available soon. Check back on uslacrosse.org/springpremiere in the coming weeks.

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