Feb. 14, 2013
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MIAMI LAKES, Fla. - The Army lacrosse team will head south for its fifth game of the season to take part in the 2013 Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, March 2. The Black Knights will face Michigan for the first time in program history in the event's marquee matchup.
Highlighted by a pair of college games between the top contenders in women's and men's Division I lacrosse, the Orange Bowl, in conjunction with Sun Life Stadium, will host the a full slate of action, which includes college games, high school and youth games will be played throughout the weekend of March 1-3, 2013.
The second game of the college double header, Sun Sports will broadcast the first-ever meeting between Army and Michigan on a tape delay. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines enter their second season at the Division I level after consistently being one of the most successful club programs in the country. Army returns the bulk of its starters from last year's team and is off to a 1-1 start to the 2013 slate.
In the first game of the doubleheader, No. 3 Florida will take on the No. 1 Syracuse in a rematch of last year's women's NCAA Tournament semifinal. That meeting saw then fourth-ranked Syracuse edge past then top-ranked Florida, 14-13 in double overtime. After its most successful year in program history, a 19-4 overall record and advancing to the national championship game, Syracuse enters the 2013 season ranked No.1 in the preseason media poll. The Gators return all but one starter from a team that a year ago finished with a 19-3 overall record and got within a win of the national championship game.
In addition to the college action, a number of local high school and youth games will take place over the weekend. On Friday, March 1, Pine Crest will take on St. Thomas Aquinas (boys) at 7:30 p.m. while on Saturday, March 2, Coral Shores will play University School (boys) at 10:30 a.m. followed by Cardinal Gibbons and St. Thomas Aquinas (girls) at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets to the Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic are general admission and start at $20, which includes all games throughout the weekend. Tickets to the event are on sale now available at www.orangebowl.org or by calling the Orange Bowl ticket office at (305) 341-4701. Tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and the Sun Life Stadium Box Office.
The Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic builds on the Orange Bowl Committee's tradition of supporting youth and collegiate sports in South Florida. For 14 years, the Orange Bowl has supported the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, which serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders across South Florida, from Lake Okeechobee to Key West. In addition to its continued support of youth football, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world, such as the Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series, the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, the Orange Bowl Swim Classic, the Orange Bowl Paddle Championships and the Junior Orange Bowl.
Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic Schedule
Friday, March 1
7:30 p.m. Pine Crest vs. St. Thomas Aquinas High School Boys
Saturday, March 2
10:30 a.m. Coral Shores vs. University School High School Boys
1:30 p.m. Cardinal Gibbons vs. St. Thomas Aquinas High School Girls
5:00 p.m. #1 Syracuse vs. #3 Florida NCAA Women
7:30 p.m. Michigan vs. Army NCAA Men
About the Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl is a 348-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2013-14 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to www.orangebowl.org.