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Maryland women’s lacrosse to play in Team USA Fall Classic

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Photo courtesy of US Lacrosse.

Fresh off of a national championship, Maryland women’s lacrosse will participate in the 2019 Team USA Fall Classic. The Terps will square off against the Canadian and USA women’s senior teams from Oct. 18-22 at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.

“It’s a great opportunity to compete against the best in the world,” Maryland women’s lacrosse head coach Cathy Reese said. “And we’ll use it as a learning experience.”

The event will coincide with Reese’s National Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction on Oct. 19.

The Virginia men’s lacrosse team was also invited to play against the USA and Canadian men’s senior teams after winning their sixth NCAA championship in the spring, marking the second consecutive year that the U.S. teams match up against the reigning NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse champions.

The opportunity to compete against the national teams will serve as a stepping stone for the programs as they gear up for their 2020 seasons, while their competition prepares for the 2021 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Women’s Championship and the 2022 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championship.

Dating back to 2010, the U.S. and Canadian men’s and women’s teams have swept gold and silver medals at every World Lacrosse Championship.

Excluding current Maryland defender Lizzie Colson, who tore her ACL in June, there are five former Terps on the U.S. women’s training camp roster. Taylor Cummings, Megan Douty, Katie Haus, Alice Mercer and Zoe Stukenberg could all see time against their former team in October.

The complete schedule for the Team USA Fall Classic will be released in the near future.

In other news

Maryland men’s football welcomed in another Virginia Tech transfer. Wide receiver DeJuan Ellis announced his transfer to the Terps on Wednesday. He will likely sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Maryland football suffered another season-ending injury this fall. Head coach Mike Locksley announced Tuesday night that linebacker Durell Nchami tore his ACL, making him the second player to do so in camp.

The Testudo Times staff answered five of the biggest questions for Maryland football’s 2019 season.

Maryland women’s soccer starts its season on Thursday against Georgia Southern, and Mike previewed what we can expect from the team this season.

The season is quickly approaching for Maryland fall sports teams.

A new member joined the DMV football family on Wednesday.

Speaking of D.C., some old friends reunited there on Wednesday night.

And finally, let the debates begin.