Notebook: ESPN ramps up coverage for 2014 FIL World Championship

US Lacrosse has announced that ESPN will broadcast the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship across its networks. As many as 40 nations are expected to participate in the event July 10-19, 2014, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the world championships, showing about 60 games across its networks and via ESPN3. The semifinals and championship game will be televised live on ESPNU, and all U.S. team games will be included in the package.

The most recent world championships, hosted in 2010 by Manchester, England, had just one televised game in the United States; ESPNU aired Team USA's 12-10 win over Canada in the gold-medal game.

Team USA to face MLL's best at Harvard next year

Major League Lacrosse announced Wednesday that it will hold the 2014 All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, June 26 and switch to a "MLL vs. Team USA" format. The MLL All-Stars will face Team USA as it prepares for the FIL World Championship.
US Lacrosse recently announced the 52-man training roster that will be trimmed down to the 23 players participating in the world championships. Of the 52, 50 are MLL players, including new Chesapeake Bayhawk Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph), three-time World Championship participant Matt Striebel and 2013 Rookie of the Year Rob Pannell.

This will be the third time the All-Star Game has served as a tuneup for Team USA. In 2006, the MLL All-Stars dropped an 18-10 decision to Team USA at Nickerson Field in Boston, while in the last World Championship cycle, in 2010, Team USA edged the All-Stars, 13-12, at Harvard Stadium.

Ex-Terp Farrell dealt to Machine

The Ohio Machine announced the acquisition of defenseman Brian Farrell (Maryland) in a trade with the Boston Cannons. In return for Farrell, the Cannons receive defenseman Diogo Godoi and the Machine's third-round pick in the 2014 college draft.

Farrell played in a total of 31 games for the Cannons over the past three seasons after being selected in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft by Boston. While with the Cannons, Farrell scored 14 goals and recorded seven assists for a total of 23 points, as well as recording 74 ground balls.
Recruiting roundup

Sophomore long-stick midfielder-defenseman Paul Steel of Bullis School in Potomac has orally committed to Johns Hopkins. Playing club with the Baltimore Crabs, the lefty attended Legacy Cup, National High School Lacrosse Showcase, Crab Feast, Freestate Games, Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip, National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association and the Maryland Elite Camp in January. The 6-foot, 175-pound recruit also considered Penn State, Harvard and Notre Dame.

Also, senior midfielder Riley McTague of Landon School in Bethesda has committed to Hobart. The 5-11, 160-pound recruit participated in Baltimore Summer Kickoff and the Under Armour Shootout, competing with his Landon squad. McTague has also been a member of the Bears cross country squad for the past three years. He also considered Ohio Wesleyan, Denison and Gettysburg.
--Inside Lacrosse

Quick hits

The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the addition of six schools in Division III. Hood, Penn State Harrisburg, Marymount, Arcadia, Alfred State and SUNY-Maritime have been granted membership by the ECAC Board of Directors and will be eligible for all postseason play and awards effective immediately.

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