FLUSHING, N.Y.– The New York Mets today announced they will host the first-ever NCAA Division I lacrosse games at Citi Field in 2013. The inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic will feature the College of the Holy Cross battling the United States Naval Academy and the University of Michigan playing Colgate University, on Sunday, March 17 at Citi Field.
"When the Mets contacted me to see if we were interested and willing to move our home game, I didn't have to think long," said Holy Cross Athletic Director Richard M. Regan, Jr. "You might say that I agreed to it in a "New York minute". It's great opportunity to play on a very big stage. I think it will be a great day for the entire Holy Cross family - our players, staff, parents and alumni."
Faceoff for the Holy Cross-Navy game is at noon, followed by the Michigan-Colgate match at 3:00 p.m. Both contests will be played rain or shine. ESPNU is expected to telecast the Michigan-Colgate game with ESPN3 carrying the Holy Cross-Navy contest.
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, December 19 at Mets.com/Lacrosse, Tickets.com and (718) 507-TIXX. Holy Cross will have its own allotment of tickets for the doubleheader. Information on these tickets will be released later this week.
Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy are all rivals in the Patriot League, while Michigan is making its mark in the Eastern College Athletic Conference after dominating the club level. The games these first-rate athletic and academic institutions will play at Citi Field will count in their regular season standings as they compete for their league championships and a NCAA Tournament appearance.
"It is an honor to be a part of of the first-ever Division I lacrosse games at an amazing facility such as Citi Field," said Holy Cross head coach Jim Morrissey. "The added benefit of playing this game in an area well-known as a hotbed of scholastic lacrosse is very exciting to the entire Holy Cross men's lacrosse program, especially against a quality opponent such as the Naval Academy."
Citi Field is located geographically on Long Island, an area which 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.
The remainder of the 2013 Holy Cross schedule will be released later this week.