By: Bryan Dumas
The “fastest sport on two feet” makes a splash this weekend in “the city that never sleeps,” with the second installment of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Last year’s tournament featured perennial powerhouses, and set regular season records for the largest crowd to see an NCAA lacrosse game at 22,308. This year’s crowd is expected to top that, as the nation’s top four teams descend upon the Big Apple.
As if high-caliber lacrosse action wasn’t enough to get your attention, the Big City Classic is also the first event EVER at the new Giants Stadium. For the first time, fans get to feast their eyes on the new billion-dollar gem in the Meadowlands.
The action starts at 1pm, when Delaware (5-5) takes on Hofstra (6-3).
Things really heat up in the second contest, which features a battle of undefeated squads and conference rivals in #1 Virginia (10-0) and #2 North Carolina (10-0) at 4pm. This match up that should be both entertaining and high scoring as both teams average more than 11 goals per game.
The final game of the night features the 2008 & 2009 champions, #3 Syracuse (7-1) vs. #4 Princeton (7-1). Syracuse will be looking to avenge the 12-8 defeat it suffered to Princeton in last year’s Big City Classic en route to its NCAA record 11th national championship.
The four top schools, Syracuse, Virginia, Princeton and North Carolina all have rich lacrosse traditions, and account for 18 of the last 20 national championships.
If you’re in the New York area and looking for a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon, then look no further. The top four teams in the country, temperatures expected to reach the 60’s and sunny, and the debut of the new Giants Stadium sounds like a winning combination. Grab your buds. Grab some brews and burgers, and head out to the stadium. The games will also be televised on ESPNU, starting with UVA vs. UNC at 4.