Hopkins to face Virginia in Face-Off Classic

October 15, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Inside Lacrosse Magazine announced today that the 2013 Johns Hopkins-Virginia men’s lacrosse game will be the second game in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. The event will take place on Saturday, March 23 and will open with a key Patriot League showdown between Navy and Colgate.

The Navy-Colgate game will begin at 2 pm with the Johns Hopkins-Virginia game to follow at 4:30 pm. Both games will air live on ESPNU.

“We are thankful and excited to once again be playing in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala noted. “Our rivalry with the University of Virginia is one of the great rivalries in our sport and to have the opportunity to play this game at M&T Bank Stadium will only add to the excitement surrounding the game. Inside Lacrosse continues to create events that showcase some of the finest games in college lacrosse and we look forward to representing Johns Hopkins University in their premier event.”

Inside Lacrosse also announced the game schedule for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. In that event on Saturday, April 27, Princeton will take on Cornell and Syracuse will play Notre Dame.

Johns Hopkins has been a regular in the Face-Off Classic as the Blue Jays are the only team that has participated in the event every year since its formation in 2007. Johns Hopkins has won four of its six all-time games in the Face-Off Classic and has also split a pair of games in the Big City Classic.

The Johns Hopkins-Virginia game is one of the highlights on the college lacrosse schedule each season. The Blue Jays have beaten the Cavaliers by a goal in each of the last two years (12-11 in 2011 and 11-10 in 2010). One-goal games are nothing new in the series as Johns Hopkins and Virginia have played eight one-goal games since 2002.

In addition to overflow crowds, the Hopkins-Virginia game has also been one of the featured attractions on television in recent years. In fact, Johns Hopkins’ 11-10 victory in overtime at Virginia last season ranks as the highest rated regular season men’s lacrosse game in ESPNU history.

“I think Konica Minolta’s on going commitment shows that lacrosse has proven value for sponsors,” said Andy Bilello, Associate Publisher at Inside Lacrosse. “Especially now when the sports marketplace is crowded with sponsorship opportunities. After six years together, Konica Minolta genuinely feels like part of the Inside Lacrosse team. Our ability to deliver great experiences to lacrosse fans is due to the support of Konica Minolta and other partners like them. This is just a part of IL’s event plans for 2013, and we’re excited to make this first announcement with a long-standing partner like Konica Minolta.”

“Over the years, our partnership with Inside Lacrosse has been a wonderful arrangement for everyone,” said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “By continuing this partnership with Inside Lacrosse, we are able to further enhance our brand awareness, and lacrosse fans can count on the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and Konica Minolta Big City Classic as premier events on the college sports landscape.”

Well established as the premier media outlet in the sport, Inside Lacrosse is also recognized for its success in promoting the biggest events of the college lacrosse season. These events have brought unprecedented excitement and fan interest to the regular season. Over the past six years Inside Lacrosse has drawn more than 260,000 fans to its 13 events, including 55,354 fans to its three events in 2012. Lacrosse fans circle the dates for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on their calendars each year. The games lined up for the 2013 events guarantee that fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the next season.