Matchups, dates announced for Face-Off Classic, Big City Classic

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Inside Lacrosse magazine announced Monday that the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will be played on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at M&T Bank Stadium and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The seventh annual Face-Off Classic will feature games between Colgate and Navy at 2 p.m. and Virginia and Johns Hopkins at 4:30 p.m.

The fifth edition of the Big City Classic brings together Princeton and Cornell for a 4 p.m. contest, followed by Notre Dame and Syracuse at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Face-Off Classic and the Big City Classic will go on sale Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. All seating locations at M&T Bank Stadium and MetLife Stadium will be reserved for these events. 

Ticket prices for the Face-Off Classic are: $35 for club-level seats, $22 for lower-level reserved seats, $18 for groups of 10 or more and $12 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.

For more information on the Face-Off Classic, call the Ravens box office at 410-261-RAVE or go to FaceOffClassic.com. In addition to the Ravens’ box office, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. 

Ticket prices for the Big City Classic are: $75 for Coaches Club seats, $45 for West Midfield seats (lower level), $45 for the Touchdown Club (mezzanine) seats, $25 for lower-level reserved seats, $20 for groups of 10 or more and $15 for groups of 100 or more. Parking will be available on game day for $20 (bus parking $30).

To purchase tickets, contact Ticketmaster. Fans interested in saving on group ticket purchases of 10 or more should call 201-460-4370. For more information, go to BigCityClassic.com.

Details on the next Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic as well as a new, fourth Inside Lacrosse event planned for the 2013 season will be announced soon. Rounding out Inside Lacrosse’s event schedule for next year will be the second edition of the Powerball summer club tournament (July 12-14).

Pair of commitments

Junior midfielder Brian Begley of Morristown (N.J.) High has orally committed to Loyola. This spring, the team MVP tallied 52 goals and 20 assists, earning first team All-State Group III, first-team All-Area and first-team All-County honors. This summer, he played for Patriot Elite, making All-Star performances at National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association, Maverik Showtime and Hotbeds camps. Begley also considered Brown, Yale, Villanova, Penn and Penn State. 

Urbana senior midfielder J.D. Baker has orally committed to Mercer. The 6-foot, 175-pound All-County selection participated in the Maryland Free State Top 44 Game, also earning All-Star honors at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff playing with Performance Lacrosse. Also a three-year starter on the football team, Baker considered Furman and Salisbury as well. 

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