ATLANTA (May 23, 2018) - Four Southern Athletic Association (SAA) men's lacrosse student-athletes were invited to participate in the 77th Annual USILA/Nike North-South Senior All-Star games will be played at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium on the campus of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday, May 25.
The game time for the Division III contest is 5:30 p.m. (EST), just before the Division I-II game begins at 7:30 p.m. (EST). Admission is free and both games will be streamed on Lax Sports Network.
The South team, coached by Berry's Curtis Gilbert, will include SAA Offensive Player of the Year Ryan Fennelly of Rhodes, Sam Long of Centre, and Berry defender Jacob Kaplan. SAA Defensive Player of the Year Steven Yowan of Rhodes was also invited but will be unable to make the game.
One of the most storied traditions in college lacrosse, the contest features the highest rated seniors from the across the country are showcased on the same field. The North-South game kicks off a Memorial Day weekend filled with lacrosse in New England as the 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Semi-finals and Championships will be held 25 miles north of Providence at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The USILA/Nike Senior All-Star games are an excellent opportunity for the senior student-athletes to finish their collegiate career and carry on the tradition. This tradition started in 1940 and has been played every year with the exception of 1944 and 1945. These games will bring together 140 of the finest senior men's lacrosse players in the country.
The USILA is an organization composed of member colleges and universities which sponsor intercollegiate lacrosse for men. The USILA is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse. The organization oversees the operation of the North/South All-Star game, All-America and Academic All-America recognition programs, Coaches Polls and Teams of the Week.