The 2017 lacrosse season will have its ceremonial beginning with the Team USA Spring Premiere from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this weekend. Three games from the two-day event will be streamed live and free of charge on the US Lacrosse website:

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15

The U.S. women’s national team, preparing for this summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Guildford, England, will make roster cuts following this weekend's event. Head coach Ricky Fried is currently carrying 25 players on the roster, and will pare that down to 20 players after the Spring Premiere. The FIL limits countries to 18 players for formal international competitions.

The U.S. has won the last two World Cups and had a busy 2016 calendar getting ready for the World Cup. The U.S. swept Florida and Syracuse at last year's Spring Premiere, went 5-0 on a summer tour of England, conducted a grueling three-day tryout, played an intra-squad game at the Grand Opening of the new US Lacrosse headquarters, and then went unbeaten during the Fall Classic in October against Australia, Canada, England and defending NCAA champion North Carolina.

"Ultimately, our goal is to win the gold medal, clearly, but it really is to elevate the game as a whole and continue to move it forward," Fried said earlier this week. "Everyone was excited about how we played in the last World Cup (a 19-5 gold medal victory against Canada), and we're looking forward to making sure everyone is excited again – and not trying to replicate that, but making sure we are moving forward and are taking a step up, as opposed to just resting on our laurels."

The U.S. will face two of the nation's top college teams this weekend. Florida is coming off an 18-2 season in which it won the Big East and reached the NCAA second round. Notre Dame had a bounce-back season, finishing 14-7 and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion North Carolina.

The U.S. men's national team has roughly 18 months before its next FIL competition, but head coach John Danowski is becoming more familiar with his potential players for the summer of 2018. This is the third time that Danowski has led Team USA since being named the head coach in late 2015, and it will be the final time he coaches the squad before next summer's tryouts. Nine of the 30 players competing this weekend have previously played on U.S. teams in the world champoinships, including two-time team members Ned Crotty, Kyle Harrison and Paul Rabil.

Danowski's troops will be tested by a Notre Dame program that has reached the NCAA final four in three of the last five seasons and features one of the nation's most explosive players in senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic.

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