Konica Minolta Big City Classic Features Five of the Top 10 College Lacrosse Teams in the Nation for 2010
Baltimore MD, December 4, 2009 - The biggest day in lacrosse's regular season just got bigger, as the field for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic (April 10, 2010) features three of the top five teams in the country and five of the Top 10, according to Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook, which was released this week.
Syracuse, the two-time defending NCAA Champion and winner of 11 titles since taking its first in 1983, is second behind Duke in the national rankings going into the season, followed by Virginia (No. 3), North Carolina (No. 4), Princeton (No. 8) and Hofstra (No. 10). The University of Delaware - the sixth and final NCAA team participating at the event - was rated as the 29th-best team in Division I by the publication.
The Konica Minolta Big City Classic, which saw a regular season lacrosse-only record crowd of 22,308 fans pack into Giants Stadium in its inaugural year in 2009, kicks off at 1 p.m. at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The first game features Delaware, a 2007 NCAA finalist and perennial challenger in the CAA, taking on a Hofstra team that finished 11-4 and made the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Following that, ACC rivals North Carolina (12-6) and Virginia (15-3) battle at 4 p.m., with Syracuse (16-2) and Princeton (13-3) renewing their historic series at 6:30.
The inaugural Big City Classic last April featured a whopping seven players who would be named first-team All Americans by the USILA, including North Carolina's Billy Bitter and Virginia's Ken Clausen and Shamel Bratton, all of whom are returning and expected to play in the event. All three were also named preseason first-team All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook, while Princeton's Jack McBride (attack) and Chad Wiedmaier (defense), Syracuse's Joel White (longstick midfield) and Virginia's Brian Carroll (midfield) were also named preseason first-team All Americans this week.
Tickets for the event are on sale now. Tickets range in price from $15 to $45, and all seats are reserved. Fans can choose from among five different seating options:
- Coaches Club Lower seats are $45 (the best seats in the house)
- Great Hall Midfield Lower Level seats are $40.
- East & West Mezzanine Club Level offers a traditional stadium club experience for $40.
- Reserved Lower Level seats for $25.
- Groups of 10 or more should call 201-460-4370 or e-mail email@example.com for discounted tickets.
Fans interested in ordering tickets for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic have the following options available:
- No. 1: Log on to www.ticketmaster.com
- No. 2: Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000
- No. 3: Go online to BigCityClassic.com to download a ticket order form and follow the instructions.
Face-Off Yearbook 2010 Rankings
1 - DUKE
2009 Record: 15-4
The Skinny: A talent-laden team in each of the past few years, the Blue Devils have a great 1-2 punch at attack with Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Can 2010 be the year they finally get over the hump?
2 - SYRACUSE
2009 Record: 16-2
The Skinny: Lost plenty of leadership from last year’s NCAA Championship squad, but everybody said the same thing after ’08. With Cody Jamieson, Stephen Keogh, Joel White and some talented newcomers, ’Cuse has a shot at the three-peat.
3 - VIRGINIA
2009 Record: 15-3
The Skinny: If championships are won at the midfield, the Cavaliers are in good shape, since they return Shamel Bratton and Brian Carroll to lead the most talented and experienced group in the country. The ’Hoos have question marks at attack and in net.
4 – NORTH CAROLINA
2009 Record: 12-6
The Skinny: The first year under alum Joe Breschi was an unqualified success, with an NCAA Quarterfinals appearance and a bumper recruiting season. How will his sophomore year go with Billy Bitter and Co. in a loaded ACC?
5 - CORNELL
2009 Record: 13-4
The Skinny: The Big Red’s run fell agonizingly short last year, and though they graduated some significant talent, coach Jeff Tambroni has a knack for reloading. Rob Pannell and Ryan Hurley are good building blocks at attack.
6 – JOHNS HOPKINS
2009 Record: 10-5
The Skinny: For 38 straight years, the Blue Jays have made the NCAA Tournament, but a near-upset by Brown in the first round and rout at the hands of Virginia in the ’09 Quarterfinals were a step back for a squad that made the Final Four six of the previous seven years and won two titles.
7 - MARYLAND
2009 Record: 10-7
The Skinny: The Terps lost a lot at midfield, but return nearly all of their attack and defense. With size all over the field, they’ll resemble Maryland teams of old as they look to silence the doubters in a high-pressure year.
8 - PRINCETON
2009 Record: 13-3
The Skinny: Season One of the Chris Bates era begins in New Jersey, but Bill Tierney left a pretty full cupboard when he exited for Denver. Young stars Jack McBride, Chad Wiedmaier and Tyler Fiorito have the Tigers looking at another NCAA run.
9 – NOTRE DAME
2009 Record: 15-1
The Skinny: The Fighting Irish led the nation in defense last year and the word from South Bend is this year’s group may be better. Middie Grant Krebs leads an offense that has to adjust to life without Ryan Hoff.
10 - HOFSTRA
2009 Record: 11-4
The Skinny: Christian Scuderi made All-American for coach Seth Tierney’s squad after transferring a year ago — can Denver-transfer Jamie Lincoln repeat the feat alongside fellow Canadian star Jay Card and get the Pride back to the NCAA Tournament?