Like flying-trapeze artists, lacrosse balls need a durable net to fall into, or else they refuse to leave midair until their meals are launched to them from a T-shirt cannon. Witness deal-breaking mesh in action with this GrouponLive deal to see the Villanova Wildcats men's lacrosse team play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Villanova Stadium. For $20, you get four general-admission tickets on Saturday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value). The kids' Fun Zone opens at 4 p.m.
As the 2012 lacrosse season draws closer to the Big East championship in early May, two of the conference's top squads collide during a pivotal matchup at Villanova Stadium. Through nine games with the ranked-eighteenth Wildcats, junior attackers Will Casertano and Jack Rice have joined forces to lead the offense, hoisting their team to the top of the conference in goals scored, assists, Gatorade chugging contests, and points per game. Rice, whose 19 goals are second best in the Big East, continues to improve after an impressive 2011 campaign, when his strong play provoked voters to nominate him as a first team all-Big East player. The Fighting Irish, ranked sixth in the nation, match 'Nova's offense with an equally noteworthy defense, which wraps itself around opposition tighter than a boa constrictor tangled in a sailor's knot.
Built in 1927, Villanova Stadium holds up to 12,500 fans. Prior to the game, families and youngsters can head over to the Fun Zone and weave through an inflatable obstacle course, compete in lacrosse target practice, and display creativity at the arts-and-crafts table. ESPNU cameras will also be in attendance to televise the on-field conference fray, telecasting each teeth-chattering check and lacrosse-stick-jousting bout to a nationwide audience.