Pretty soon there will be no home or road games. All of Division I college lacrosse will eventually play nothing but neutral site double- and triple-headers at professional baseball, football, and soccer fields, leaving us all to wonder what life was like before we made sure that stadium owners that were already rich would continue to stay rich by hosting college lacrosse events in their yacht-yielding professional stadiums. (Please note: This may or may not apply to the Wilpons, who claim to be stone broke. But you get the idea, college boy.)
As announced yesterday and implicitly known for a while, the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic -- look: I don't like using sponsor names any more than you like reading them, but simply naming this thing "The Games Happening in Jacksonville Classic" is dumb even for me -- will feature four teams -- Jacksonville, Denver, Ohio State, and Penn State -- in a double-header on February 17, 2013, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. A month later, Citi Field -- in what I can imagine is the first Division I lacrosse game ever held on a professional baseball field -- will host four squads -- Michigan, Colgate, Holy Cross, and Navy -- in a double-header that will finally show the world of Division I lacrosse the glory of Shake Shack on March 17, 2013. (That's St. Patrick's Day. I'm expecting green beer in the concessions, people. Don't disappoint me.)
Here are some quick words on each event:
Moe's Southwest Grill Classic
NBC Sports Network will once again carry the coverage of the double-header, providing hope that the network will seriously considering added more lacrosse options to its broadcast schedule (which already features a small Ivy League arrangement). The double-header is a little uneven, the first game featuring two teams that should enter the preseason in the top-15 and the nightcap featuring Jacksonville hoping to duplicate its effort last year when it pulled the upset over a favored team. The schedule:
GAME I: Penn State v. Denver -- 2:00 P.M.
GAME II: Jacksonville v. Ohio State -- 4:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic
More televised games! ESPNU -- showing Planet Earth the destructiveness of Peter Baum and the Colgate Raiders -- will carry the opener of the event while ESPN3 will pick up the back-end of the double-header. Lacrosse at a baseball stadium is going to be a weird situation, but actually having a Division I double-header only two trains away from my apartment is probably the greatest thing in the history of everything. Yee-haw! The schedule:
GAME I: Michigan v. Colgate -- 1:05 P.M.
GAME II: Holy Cross v. Navy -- 4:05 P.M.