Lacrosse resembles hockey without the rink, skates, or rage fueled by crushed dreams of ice-dancing stardom. Take in a warmer, cheerier sport with this GrouponLive deal to see the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, March 10. For $12, you get one ticket for reserved lower-level seating (up to a $30.55 value, including all fees). The tournament games include:
- Princeton against North Carolina at 11 a.m.
- Virginia against Cornell at 1:30 p.m.
- Johns Hopkins against University of Maryland Baltimore County at 4 p.m.<p>
The winners of four of the last five NCAA championships have started their season by attacking the nets at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The Classic’s opening game debuts the North Carolina Tar Heels, whose young roster must deflect a Princeton squad bouncing back from one of its most disappointing seasons in 20 years. The punishing body blows, deft stick play, and surprise water-pistol attacks of two contenders for the 2012 championship pack the middle game. After two losses last season to the Cavaliers, Cornell attacker Rob Pannell aims to knock the title crown from his UVA counterpart, Steele Stanwick. Both seniors this season are vying for the trophy and jaywalking free pass of the Player of the Year award.
In the finale, no local love is lost between Johns Hopkins and UMBC. An underdog to one of last year’s Elite Eight, UMBC chomps at the bit for a chance to upend Johns Hopkins’ title contentions and to bolster its own chances in the American East conference.
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