By Joe Keegan | 1/26/12 10:41 AM
The seventh annual US Lacrosse Champion Challenge will take place this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will be headlined by the US Men’s National Team, which features two members of the Boston Cannons – Chris Eck and Brian Farrell.
Chris Eck, the Cannons’ face-off specialist, led Major League Lacrosse in face-off winning percentage (59.5%) in 2011. In four seasons, including playoffs, Eck has won 595 of 1071 face-offs (55.6%) and scooped up 199 groundballs. He is a two-time MLL All-Star (2010 and 2011). Eck was also a member of the US Men’s National Team for the 2011 Champion Challenge.
Defenseman Brian Farrell joined the Cannons in the middle of the 2011 season after his senior season at the University of Maryland. In nine games, including playoffs, Farrell tallied 6 goals and 3 assists for the Cannons. He also recorded 23 ground balls on his way to being named the team’s Rookie of the Year. This is Farrell’s first appearance in the Champion Challenge with Team USA.
Team USA will match up with the University of Denver Pioneers on Sunday at 1:30 pm. Denver is #5 in Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason rankings. The Pioneers are coming off their first-ever Final Four appearance.
The game will be streamed live by ESPN3 and broadcast on tape delay on ESPNU at 10:30 pm. Quint Kessenich and Eamon McAnaney will announce the game.