Johns Hopkins Renews Commitment to Face-Off Classic, Adds Day of Rivals to Schedule
July 14, 2008
BALTIMORE, July 14 -- Bob Carpenter, Publisher of Inside Lacrosse, announced today plans for two college lacrosse events: the third annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the inaugural Day of Rivals. Both events will take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will be played on February 28, 2009; Day of Rivals is scheduled for April 11, 2009.
Inside Lacrosse is expanding its event offerings by launching the Day of Rivals. It will feature the 87th Army-Navy game and the 105th Maryland-Johns Hopkins game. For years, scheduling quirks kept Army-Navy and Maryland-Johns Hopkins on different days; dating from 1981, the teams met on the same day in the same state just once (2007). These rivalries receive the most consistent fan support in college lacrosse.
And now, they will share the same stage in 2009 and 2010. All four programs (Army, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, and Navy) have entered into a two-year commitment to participate in the Day of Rivals.
Meantime, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic signals the start of the lacrosse season for the game's growing fan base. And this year, it does so with a new matchup -- Duke vs Maryland -- to combine with Johns Hopkins vs Princeton. In its first two years, the Face-Off Classic attracted crowds of 20,180 (2007) and 19,165 (2008). Johns Hopkins and Princeton are locked in for the 2010 Face-Off Classic; the Duke-Maryland game is currently a one-year arrangement with the second year still to be determined.
"Inside Lacrosse is committed to adding more college lacrosse events that will re-create the energy and excitement that currently only exists at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Final Four," Carpenter said. "To go with the Face-Off Classic in 2009, we could think of no better choice than to pair the Army-Navy game with what is the most time-tested and well-attended rivalry in college lacrosse history: Johns Hopkins vs Maryland.
"Maryland vs Hopkins is a headliner in itself. But first and foremost, the idea behind this event is for it to be a day embodied by military homage and celebration, with all four teams involved. The timing for an event celebrating our Armed Forces is as pertinent as ever, and there will soon be more follow-up regarding the military fanfare and ceremonies that will take place on game day."
Inside Lacrosse intends on attracting greater national interest for the sport by placing the spotlight directly on these events. Army, Duke, Maryland and Navy join the initial Face-Off Classic teams -- Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia -- as programs that will share in the experience of playing in an Inside Lacrosse event.
Carpenter added: "Inside Lacrosse is proud to bring these two events to fans and we are continually exploring opportunities for similar events. In our minds, attending events such as these, more than anything, is what keeps a young player banging that ball against the wall through the offseason.
"We could not possibly organize these events without the coaches and administrators at each of the participating schools sharing in our vision. We greatly appreciate their support and mutual interest in promoting the sport. And once again, the Baltimore Ravens have stepped up as a willing partner ready to open their stadium to host lacrosse fans for these signature events."
"The Ravens and Inside Lacrosse share a vision for presenting this sport and we are pleased to continue our partnership for the next two years," commented Mark Burdett, Vice President for Corporate Partnerships and Media Sales for the Baltimore Ravens. "It is an exciting opportunity for Baltimore to host two such unique lacrosse events. The Face-Off Classic has proven to be a great celebration to start the season. The Ravens take added pride in being part of a midseason showcase that will bring together the great traditions of Army-Navy and Johns Hopkins-Maryland. In 2009 and 2010, M&T Bank Stadium will be the home for some of the most memorable experiences in lacrosse."
Information regarding ticket purchases and game times for both events will be announced at a later date. Go online to InsideLacrosse.com get all of the latest news on the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, the Day of Rivals and everything happening in the lacrosse world.
Quotes from the Head Coaches participating in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and Day of Rivals events:
Joe Alberici (Army Head Coach)
Dave Cottle (Maryland Head Coach)
John Danowski (Duke Head Coach)
Richie Meade (Navy Head Coach)
Dave Pietramala (Johns Hopkins Head Coach)
Bill Tierney (Princeton Head Coach)
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