Dec. 6, 2005
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Head coach Jake McHerron announced that the Siena women's lacrosse team has accepted an invitation to participate in Japan's 18th Friendship Games after the season from June 12-20.
"It is a great honor to be able to represent our country in an event as prestigious as this," said McHerron. "This is something we have tried to put together for over a year now and we know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are thrilled to represent the Saints Green and Gold on an international level."
The team will stay with host families in Tokyo where they will be able to absorb the culture. The team will have a full slate of events to introduce them to the differing lifestyle, which includes a tea ceremony, calligraphy session, traveling to Japanese markets, venturing to the countryside to view shrines and even a ride on the bullet train to Mount Fuji to name a few of the team's planned off the field escapades.
The Saints willl participate in four games, three leading up to opening ceremonies against an All-Tokyo team and the under-21 National team. The Green and Gold will square off against the Japanese National team following the opening ceremonies.
The Opening Ceremonies for the International Friendship Game is on June 18. The reception dinner in the past has seen Japanese politicians and royalty in attendance. The games will be held in Edogawa Stadium. Japan's Lacrosse Association has sponsored the International Lacrosse Friendship Games every summer since 1989. In the past, teams from Australia, Canada, England, USA, and Wales have visited Japan, exhibiting their advanced lacrosse skills and knowledge against Japanese teams.
"Playing abroad and living this experience is something very few athletes get to experience," remarked athletic director John D'Argenio. "This is a fantastic event promoting the proper values that we all believe sports is meant to be. Now it's more than rooting for the Green and Gold, it's also about representing the Red, White and Blue."