Seatown Classic - Maryland vs. Denver
SEATTLE – NCAA Division I collegiate lacrosse is coming to the Seattle area for the first time this fall as top-ranked University of Maryland and the University of Denver will square-off in the first Seatown Classic, Saturday, October 13 at the Starfire Sports Campus in Tukwila. Presented by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse, the Seatown Classic exhibition matchup between the currently ranked #9 Terps and #15 Pioneers is the first NCAA Division I collegiate lacrosse game to be played in Washington state.
“The City of Tukwila is excited to welcome collegiate Lacrosse to our fine city,” said Jim Haggerton, Mayor for the City of Tukwila. “Lacrosse is an excellent sport and Starfire is the perfect facility to host it. We hope people from around Puget Sound area and beyond will come to participate in this historic occasion.”
“US Lacrosse is thrilled to bring NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse to the Seattle area for the first time,” said Dave Low, Washington State chapter president of US Lacrosse. “In the last decade over 100 high school players in Washington state have gone on to play lacrosse at the NCAA level. This is an opportunity to see the best of those players and collegiate lacrosse played at its very highest level.”
Tickets to the game will be available later this summer through www.SeaTownClassic.org
Maryland, a two-time NCAA National Champion, was the runner-up in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. Since 1971, the Terps have made 35 trips to the NCAA Tournament advancing to the national title game 10 times. 2012 is their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAAs.
Maryland has two local high school products on its roster; junior midfielder Landon Carr, who played prep lacrosse at Curtis High School in University Place and senior Drew Snider, a graduate of Seattle’s O’Dea High School, who played prep lacrosse at Garfield.
The Terps are coached by John Tillman, who in his second year is just the ninth coach in the 86-year history of the Maryland program. Tillman came to College Park after three years returning Harvard lacrosse to national prominence and twelve seasons as the top assistant at Navy, during which the Midshipmen experienced some of the best years in their storied history.
Denver is one of the most successful NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse programs in the west advancing to the NCAA tournament five of the last seven years. In 2011, the Pioneers finished 6-0 in conference play and 15-3 overall, falling to Virginia in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I tournament before 45,039 spectators at in Baltimore.
Denver has one local product on its roster, sophomore midfielder Cole Nordstom, who prepped at Bellevue High School.
The Pioneers are led by one of collegiate lacrosse's legendary coaches, Bill Tierney. Tierney took over the reins of the University of Denver men's lacrosse program in July 2009 after serving as the head coach at Princeton since the 1988 season. After 22 seasons leading the Tigers, Tierney has amassed a resume that includes six NCAA Championships, eight NCAA championship final appearances, 10 NCAA Final Four appearances, 16 quarterfinal appearances including one in 2009 and 14 Ivy League Championships.
Both Maryland and Denver have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Tournament.
To learn more, visit the Seatown Classic at www.SeaTownClassic.org