Hempstead, N.Y. - The Hofstra Women's Lacrosse team is gearing up for the second annual Nick Colleluori Women's Lacrosse Classic, which the Pride will host on Saturday, September 25 at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The 14-team tournament will be the fan's first chance this academic year to see the 2010-11 Pride in action.  Hofstra had a strong 2010 campaign as the Pride advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship Game, won 12 games and finished the season ranked 15th in the nation.

There will be a multitude of activities available to people of all ages at the tournament including: raffles, fastest shot competition, face painting and a Hofstra student half-field shot competition as well.  In addition, the Headstrong Foundation will be on site to talk about their cause and will be selling merchandise to support Headstrong.

The 29-game schedule will begin at 8:30 a.m. when Hofstra battles Vermont and New Hampshire takes on C.W. Post.  The final game of the extravaganza will see Hofstra take on Temple at 5 p.m.

The highlight of the game schedule will be the 1:40 p.m. game between Hofstra and New Hampshire which will take place on the James M. Shuart Stadium turf.  The game, which will be webcasted on www.GoHofstra.com, will follow a speech from Cheryl Colleluori at 1:25 p.m.  Mrs. Colleluori's speech at the first-ever Nick Colleluori event inspired all the participants and showed why the Headstrong Foundation is such a successful organization.  Both the speech by Mrs. Colleluori and the game between Hofstra and New Hampshire will be shown during the webcast.

In addition to a great day of lacrosse, there will also be a variety of items associated with the HEADstrong Foundation for sale, including the lime green laces.  All funds raised during the tournament will go directly to the HEADstrong Foundation.

Nick Colleluori was a member of the Pride Lacrosse team from 2004 to 2006 and graduated from Ridley High School (PA) in 2004.  Nick may have lost his battle with blood cancer on November 28, 2006 but his vision has just begun.

The HEADstrong Foundation is dedicated to Nick's life. He drew the logo as he was waiting to go into the operating room for a procedure. Because lacrosse was his passion and he can no longer carry the ball, his family and friends will carry the ball for him. Please join the HEADstrong Foundation's effort to bring Nick's vision to reality to promote cancer awareness, support research and help eliminate this disease.

The HEADstrong Foundation's mission is to generate funds for cancer research, distribute grants and assistance to survivors of blood cancer, provide financial assistance to families that are experiencing the hardships of having a sick family member, and provide scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field.

To learn more about the HEADstrong Foundation, please visit their website at: www.HEADstrongfoundation.org.