Cornell, Virginia to Meet in 2012 Face-Off Classic

BALTIMORE, Md. Cornell will take on Virginia in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The game is part of a triple-header with the Big Red's game slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Princeton will take on North Carolina in the early game (11:00 a.m.) with UMBC and Johns Hopkins scheduled to face-off in the late game (4:00 p.m.).

Now in its sixth year, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic gives fans the chance to celebrate the start of the lacrosse season by placing many of the nation's top-ranked teams in the same stadium on the same day. Four of the last five national champions have started their season in the Face-Off Classic (Johns Hopkins in 2007, Syracuse in 2008, Duke in 2010 and Virginia in 2011).

The game between Cornell and Virginia features a heavyweight battle of leading contenders for the 2012 national championship. The match-up will also showcase two performers destined to fight it out for national player of the year honors senior attackmen Rob Pannell (Cornell) and Steele Stanwick (Virginia). In 2011 the Cavaliers experienced a rollercoaster season that culminated in the team's fifth NCAA title. Included on that ride were wins over Cornell in the Face-Off Classic (11-9) and the NCAA Quarterfinals (13-9). The Big Red will be looking for a measure of revenge with a balanced lineup loaded with experience.

Tickets for the 2012 edition of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will go on sale Tuesday, November 15, at 11:00 a.m. All seating locations at M&T Bank Stadium will be reserved for these events. Fans are urged to make their plans early to be part of the action. Ticket prices are $35 for club level seats; $22 for lower level reserved seats; $18 for groups of 10 or more; and $12 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.

Lacrosse fans interested in ticket information can call the Baltimore Ravens box office at 410-261-RAVE. In addition, fans can purchase through Ticketmaster online at or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also visit to get the latest news on the event and details on ordering tickets.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia is scheduled to face the Cornell Big Red in the sixth annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, a college lacrosse tripleheader contested inside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on March 10. This will be UVa's sixth year participating in an Inside Lacrosse regular season event. This is year one of a two-year contract for the Face-Off Classic.

UVa participated in the Face-Off Classic's inaugural event in 2007 and again in 2008, facing Syracuse both times. The Cavaliers moved on to inaugural Konica Minolta Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in 2009, facing ACC foe North Carolina. In 2010 UVa helped open the New Meadowlands, now MetLife Stadium, in the second annual Big City Classic, which featured a showdown of No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 2 North Carolina. UVa was victorious 7-5.

Virginia returns to the site where the Cavaliers captured the 2011 NCAA title in a rematch of last year's Face-Off Classic contest. UVa defeated Cornell 11-9 behind three goals from Colin Briggs in the regular season tilt.

Virginia will release the remainder of its 2012 schedule in the near future.


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