2012 San Francisco Fall Classic Features Lehigh vs. Ohio State

SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 25, 2012 Two of the country's top college lacrosse programs the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks and the Ohio State University Buckeyes will face off in the fourth annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Presented by Levi's, scheduled for Kezar Stadium at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation has hosted the only NCAA Division I men's lacrosse competition in California. All revenue from the event will benefit a variety of innovative sports and education programs for underserved children in the Bay Area.

Lehigh, which ended the season ranked #9 in the nation, fell to eventual national finalist University of Maryland 10-9, in an exciting first round game of the 2012 NCAA Championship Tournament in May. Lehigh knocked off four top 20 teams during its record-breaking 14-3 season, capturing the Patriot League Championship and its first tournament berth. Ohio State, ranked #18 in the nation, finished the season 8-7, falling to Fairfield in the conference semifinals. Lehigh and Ohio State are primed for great 2013 seasons, with many returning players and strong incoming freshmen classes.

Since its inception in 2009, the Fall Lacrosse Classic has brought some of the nation's top NCAA Division I lacrosse teams to play in San Francisco, including Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Denver, Harvard, and Brown. All games have taken place at San Francisco's historic Kezar Stadium in front of thousands of enthusiastic lacrosse fans.

"The continuing enthusiasm that these top programs have to travel across the country to play each other underscores the significant growth of lacrosse in California," said Colin Mistele, Event Director of the Fall Classic for the BAYS Foundation, and a two-time All-American lacrosse player from San Francisco's University High School who went on to play Division I lacrosse at Lehigh University.

Lacrosse has been the fastest growing high school and college sport over the past dozen years. There are now more than12,000 youth lacrosse players in California, and over 350 boys and girls CIF high school teams.

According to Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese, a two-time captain and three-time All-American selection at Duke, "The sport is exploding all over the country, and especially in the state of California. We realize the impact that this event has on the growth of the sport in Northern California, and we hope we can contribute to that effort by putting on a great display of high level lacrosse along with a very talented Ohio State program."

Prior to the start of the competition, a free youth clinic will be held for 1sth 8th graders, featuring student athletes from the participating teams. A free coaches clinic will be also be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Lehigh and Ohio State. Both clinics will begin at 11:00 a.m. on game day.

"We are excited and thankful to be a part of this year's event. Our men are looking forward to experiencing San Francisco and connecting with young players that represent the future of our game on the west coast," added fourth year Ohio State head coach Nick Myers, himself a All-American lacrosse player at Springfield College.

2012 marks the second year of the event's title sponsorship by San Francisco's Levi's. Due to the generosity of Levi's and other event sponsors, 100% of the ticket and concession revenue BAYS collects from the event will benefit the youth sports programs it supports. In the past three years, as a direct result of the Fall Classic, BAYS has invested more than $225,000 in seven innovative local sports programs for underserved children and youth.

"We are thrilled to again partner with an amazing global brand like Levi's," said Rob Urstein, Board Chair of the BAYS Foundation. "Levi's has a rich history of giving back to the community, and all of the programs we support are led by young leaders--pioneers who are making a real difference by impacting kids all over the Bay Area in important ways."

Tickets are now available for purchase at www.sflacrosse.com including special early-bird discounted general admission tickets until July 15.

2012-06-25



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