Independence Classic Tripleheader on 3/09 Features Syracuse

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QUEENS, N.Y. (Nov. 15, 2012) The rematch of last year's inaugural Big East Lacrosse Championship will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. as St. John's and Syracuse meet as part of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic on March 9, 2013.

"We are excited to be a part of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic, and are grateful to Inside Lacrosse for the opportunity to once again participate in one of their marquee events," said head coach Jason Miller. "I've heard great things about PPL Park, and look forward to mixing it up with the Orange on that type of stage."

The Red Storm will look to avenge a pair of tough losses against the Orange in 2012. A late Syracuse goal halted St. John's upset hopes in a 9-8 home loss early in the season. The two teams met once again in the Big East Championship game as Syracuse continued its strong finish to the season with a 12-4 victory over St. John's.

The Red Storm's inclusion in the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic marks the third straight year St. John's has taken part in an Inside Lacrosse signature event after St. John's was featured in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium the past two seasons.

The first-ever Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic will be a tripleheader event featuring six formidable lacrosse programs. St. John's and Syracuse open up the day's slate with faceoff scheduled for noon. The 2:30 p.m. match-up pits two Philadelphia rivals against each other as the University of Pennsylvania will battle Villanova University. The final game will begin at 5:00 p.m. and pairs a couple of lacrosse programs on the rise as Penn State draws Lehigh University.

The announcement of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic by Inside Lacrosse ran in conjunction with the renewal of last year's first-ever Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic in Denver, Co.

"We're excited to announce these two signature events for lacrosse fans to experience. Our ability to continually deliver memorable experiences is due to the support of Whitman's Sampler and other great partners," said Andy Bilello, Associate Publisher at Inside Lacrosse. "There are many sports sponsorship options, but few that offer a fresh approach like lacrosse. The energy and enthusiasm that the Whitman's Sampler brand brings to the sport is contagious. We are appreciative that Whitman's Sampler has made a two-year commitment to these events. This gives us the opportunity to firmly establish these events as annual traditions for lacrosse fans."

Tickets for the 2013 editions of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic and the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic will go on sale Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at noon EST. All seating locations at PPL Park and Sports Authority Field will be reserved for these events. Fans are urged to make their plans early to secure the best seats and to be part of the action.

Ticket prices for the 2013 Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic are: $45 for Club seats; $35 for Midfield reserved seats; $25 for Sideline reserved locations, $20 for groups of 10 or more; and $15 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.

Lacrosse fans interested in ticket information for the Independence Classic can call ComcastTix at 800-298-4200. Fans can also visit PhiladelphiaUnion.com or InsideLacrosse.com to get the latest news on the event and details on ordering tickets.

ESPN networks will televise games from Inside Lacrosse's signature events. Plans are in the works for ESPN3 to carry action from the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic at PPL Park, paired with regional broadcast exposure. The final schedules for ESPN networks and all Inside Lacrosse events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stay up to date with all St. John's lacrosse news at Redstormsports.com and following the team on Twitter, @STJ_Lacrosse. More information on the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic and the rest of the Red Storm Lacrosse schedule will be made available in the coming weeks.

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