Dec. 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's lacrosse team will face Patriot League foe Holy Cross at Citi Field in the New York City borough of Queens on Sunday, March 17 in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic it was announced by the New York Mets on Monday evening. The Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic will feature Michigan vs. Colgate in the opener at 1:05 pm, followed by the Mids and Crusaders at 4:05 pm. ESPNU will carry the Michigan-Colgate contest, while the Navy-Holy Cross game will be available on ESPN3.
"We are excited and honored to take part in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic," said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell. "The opportunity to play in a venue such as Citi Field is truly special and we look forward to playing in front of the many great Navy fans who reside in the New York City, New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island and Connecticut area.
Navy's game against Holy Cross is one of two the Mids will play at a professional athletics venue this spring. In October it was announced that Navy would face NCAA quarterfinalist and Patriot League rival Colgate in the 2013 Konica Minolta Face-off Classic played at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, on March 23 at 2:00 pm.
The Midshipmen, who own a 9-0 series record against Holy Cross, have battled the Crusaders on neutral ground in two prior contests, meeting twice in Dallas, Texas but at two different venues. The Mids defeated the Crusaders 12-2 in 2007 at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium and a year later the two programs met at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys, in the Patriot Cup. The event sandwiched a pair of high school games around two Div. I contests, featuring Navy vs. Holy Cross and Army vs. Rutgers. The Mids produced a 16-3 win over the Crusaders, marking their biggest win in the series since dealing Holy Cross a 23-5 loss in the inaugural matchup in 2004.
Located geographically on Long Island, Citi Field is within the hotbed of youth lacrosse. Long Island has produced thousands of NCAA All-American Lacrosse players over the years, including such notables as National Lacrosse Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Eamon McEneaney, Dave Pietramala, Jon Reese and John DeTommaso.
New York has deep ties to lacrosse with New York University fielding the country's first team in 1876, and the first intercollegiate tournament taking place at the Westchester Polo Grounds in what is now the Bronx in 1881.
"Lacrosse is immensely popular in our community and we are thrilled to bring together these four prestigious universities for the first-ever lacrosse games at Citi Field," said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. "This high-profile event further positions Citi Field as a world-class sports and entertainment venue that has hosted a myriad of events including international soccer, large-scale concerts and festivals."
Tickets for the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic go on sale on Wednesday at Mets.com/Lacrosse, Tickets.com and (718) 507-TIXX.
### Go Navy ###