Seatown Classic: Tickets now on sale for October’s Maryland, Denver NCAA lacrosse game in Seattle (updated)

SEATTLE – Tickets for the NCAA Men’s Division I lacrosse matchup between the University of Maryland and the University of Denver, Oct. 13 at the Starfire Sports Campus in Tukwila are now on sale.

General admission tickets are $22 and available through online ticketing only at www.SeatownClassic.org .  Starfire has a 4,500 capacity for lacrosse.

The fall exhibition game between the Terrapins, which finished second in the nation in 2012, falling to Loyola University of Maryland in the national title game, and the Pioneers, is the first NCAA Men’s Division I lacrosse game to be played in Washington state.

Both squads bring local connections to the Starfire Sports lacrosse field as former Curtis High School midfielder Landon Carr, a senior at Maryland, and former Bellevue High School midfielder, Cole Nordstom, a junior at Denver, are expected to see action.

Maryland, a two-time NCAA National Champion that has made 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and 35 overall tournament appearances, is coached by John Tillman.  In 2013, Tillman will enter his third year at Maryland and 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 2012, the Pioneers finished 9-6, falling by just a goal to the eventual national champions Loyola University of Maryland in the second round of the NCAAs.

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.

About Tukwila, Washington

The City of Tukwila is home to over 19,000 residents representing a broad range of ethnic diversity. In 2009 the New York Times reported that the Tukwila School District was the most diverse district in the nation. Tukwila’s warm community spirit is reflected everywhere, especially in its celebrations such as the Fourth of July or Backyard Wildlife Fair. Since its founding in 1908, Tukwila has also grown into a bustling business engine that is central to the Puget Sound economy. The City hosts over 2,200 businesses with 42,000 employees in a wide variety of sectors such as retail, aircraft components, health care, food manufacturing, datacenters, and information services. Tukwila is proud to be home to the Museum of Flight, Starfire Sports Complex, the Seattle Sounders FC, and Westfield Southcenter, the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest.

 About Starfire Sports and Starfire Sports Stadium

Starfire Sports is the premiere soccer, lacrosse and field sports athletic campus in the nation located just south of Seattle in Tukwila, Washington.  Built in 2004 and operated as a non-profit community sports resource, Starfire is home to the Seattle Sounders FC MLS team and the Seattle Sounders Women soccer team and annually hosts select games in the 4,500 capacity Starfire Stadium.  Over one million competitors, spectators and community groups visit the facility annually and its community outreach program provides financial assistance and athletic opportunities to some 3,700 underserved youth in the Tukwila and South Seattle communities each year.  To learn more about Starfire Sports please visit www.StarfireSports.com or visit us on facebook.

About Lacrosse in Washington State

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 34-year local history, lacrosse is played at the high school, youth, club and club collegiate level in Washington state.  At the high school level 157 individual boys and girls high school teams are available to students attending nearly 200 WIAA schools across eastern and western Washington.   To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results visit www.WashingtonHSLAX.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @WashingtonHSLAX. To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse visit USLacrosse.org.

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– Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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