Lacrosse Documentary to Air Tuesday and Wednesday
HBO’s acclaimed “Hard Knocks” series, which goes behind the scenes with a pro football team each year, is all the rage in sports TV circles. Giving fans an insiders’ glimpse into their favorite teams builds interest in the team and probably helps sell tickets. On the college level, it probably doesn’t hurt recruiting, either. The U.Va. football team even participated in something similar a couple of years ago.
So it’s not surprising that the defending national champion U.Va. men’s lacrosse will get its turn in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday with “There and Back,” a two-part series airing on ESPNU. Both 30-minute segments will air at 6:30 p.m., and will be repeated periodically on ESPNU during the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Behind the project is producer and director Jay Jalbert, a former Cavalier lacrosse star. His family-owned Jalbert Productions joined forces with Little Brother of War Entertainment, described in a press release as “an entity dedicated to revealing the sport of lacrosse at its core,” to produce the show. (View the three-minute trailer here.)
“Cameras followed the Virginia men’s lacrosse program periodically throughout this season and the show will provide an in-depth look into what life is like as a student-athlete at the University of Virginia and within the men’s lacrosse program,” the press release says. “Highlighted by in-depth interviews with Starsia and a personal look into his life, filming included exclusive interviews with coaches, student-athletes and staff members, who shared their perspective and role within the UVa men’s lacrosse program.”