If you are in the New York/New Jersey area this weekend, you are in for quite a treat. The Konica Minolta Big City Classic will be held at the brand-spanking new Meadowlands, and most likely break the lacrosse-only crowd record of 22,000.
It will feature the top 4 teams in the country (with an additional game between University of Delaware against a little bit of local flavor with Hofstra before-hand at 2pm in a warm-up for the fans). #1 UVA will face off against #2 UNC for the ACC title presumably at 4pm [UNC already beat Duke and Maryland earlier this season and UVA just held off the Terps in another classic matchup. I would say that they have a good shot at defeating the Blue Devils if they prevail this weekend]. Virginia already won a 1v2 matchup this year on March 7th, beating the Syracuse Orange.
Since 2005, every time the two top-ranked teams in college lacrosse have faced off, an ACC school was part of the action. Just goes to show you that Maryland's last two losses can't be that bad as they sit at 6-2 (1-2). They are still #5 in the Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings and should be there in the other polls as well.
Syracuse and Princeton will be the other marquee mathcup as the #3 and #4 teams respectfully, tipping off at 6:30pm. Syracuse just joined Johns Hopkins as one of two programs with 800 wins [the Blue Jays define lacrosse with 896 wins in their storied history]. Princeton is in the driver seat to win the Ivy League title again, now that their All-American goalie, Tyler Fiorito, is back in top-form.
This should be one of the best weekends for lacrosse of the entire season. Maryland hosts navy at noon this Saturday at Byrd Stadium and they play their most fiercest rival, Johns Hopkins at M&T Bank on the 17th. Come out and support the team! Listen to the call at wmucsports.com. Go Terps!