Pair of fundraisers scheduled for weekend, men's lacrosse to honor 1987 team

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three Saint Michael's College teams are holding functions this weekend, with two aiming to raise funds toward cancer research. After men's lacrosse honors the 1987 team at halftime on Saturday, women's lacrosse will host a Think Pink contest on Sunday, followed by field hockey having its third annual Make-A-Wish tournament, where students and staff members have been invited to compete.

Men's lacrosse, which is ranked 10th in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, hosts Senior Day on Saturday by taking on Southern New Hampshire University at 1 p.m. A win clinches the Purple Knights the fourth seed in next week's Northeast-10 Conference Tournament and a home first-round game. At halftime on Saturday, Saint Michael's will honor the 1987 squad, which went 9-2 under Cox Conference Coach of the Year Jeff Culkin. That team netted 204 goals, which still stands as a school record.

Women's lacrosse entertains Queens (N.Y.) College on Sunday at 12 p.m., taking on a team receiving votes toward this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll during a Senior Day contest. The Purple Knights are also hosting a Think Pink event, as fans are encouraged to wear pink and show their support in the fight against cancer. Saint Michael's apparel will be available for purchase, with proceeds and donations going toward the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The ACS, which was founded in 1913, is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Headquartered in Atlanta, the ACS has 12 chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Saint Michael's is working with the New England Division of the ACS, which is based in Williston, Vt. For more information about the ACS, visit its website at cancer.org. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a foundation that has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information, visit ww5.komen.org.

Following the women's lacrosse contest, field hockey will host its third annual "Whacky" tournament at 4 p.m. on Duffy Field, as eight teams comprised of Saint Michael's community members will try their hand at field hockey. Fans are encouraged to cheer on their favorite players at the fund raiser, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit wish.org.