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Junior lacrosse players to face off in Dan Daly Cup

High school juniors from across Long Island will compete in the second annual Dan Daly Cup all-star lacrosse game at 8 p.m. June 24 at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

The event honors United States Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly of Glen Cove, who won the Medal of Honor twice in the early 1900s.

Tryouts, which will be held June 4 and 11, will be followed by a string of events, including community service and training camp.

"We teach them not just how to play the game," said Sgt. Zachary W. Scanlon of Recruiting Station New York.

He added that lacrosse was chosen because of its popularity on Long Island. "We show them you have to be a leader off the field as well,'' he said. "It's an encompassing cup. It's not just a game."

The free event is being held by the Marine Corps in association with the Nassau and Suffolk County Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Capt. George J. Russo, executive officer of Recruiting Station New York, said last year's turnout was smaller than expected but believes the event is gaining momentum.

"We're trying to do it bigger and better than last year," Russo said. "We're trying to maintain the legacy of Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly's name and continue the games, providing these young players with the opportunity to play in a creative environment and to instill 'leadership and service over self' characteristics that they can bring back to school."

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