Konica Minolta Big City Classic to Rock Tri-State Area

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#6 Notre Dame vs St. Johns. #8 Duke vs #14 Syracuse. #12 North Carolina vs #1 John Hopkins

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With a lineup that features five highly ranked teams, including the new No. 1 ranked team in the nation (Johns Hopkins), we anticipate playoff-like energy and intensity.

Over the last six years, Inside Lacrosse has set the standard for promoting lacrosse with events such as the Konica Minolta Big City Classic (Title sponsor: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.). This early season extravaganza has attracted more than 47,000 fans in its three-year history and has been a showcase for the top teams and players in college lacrosse.

The wait is over as this year's Big City Classic is set for this Sunday April 1st at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with a lineup that once again pits the top teams in college lacrosse against each other. Three of the six participating teams are ranked in the top 10 of the current Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll.

Game No. 1 – #6 Notre Dame vs St. John’s (1p)
Game No. 2 – #8 Duke vs #14 Syracuse (4p)
Game No. 3 – #12 North Carolina vs #1 Johns Hopkins (6.30p)
All times Eastern

Games No. 2 and No. 3 will air on ESPNU, while fans can watch Game No. 1 on ESPN3.com.

BIG EAST rivals Notre Dame and St. John’s will face off in the first game at 1:00 p.m. After playing in the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Notre Dame went on to advance to the national championship game. The Fighting Irish followed that up with a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals last season. The Irish (6-1) enter the weekend ranked in the top 10 and prepared for another appearance on the big stage. St. John’s has a 5-3 record and is back in the Big City Classic after defeating Rutgers 9-8 in last year’s event

The second game pairs No. 8 Duke and No. 14 Syracuse. The Orange turned aside a late rally by the Blue Devils to earn a 13-11 victory in the 2011 Big City Classic. Duke (7-3) brings back a talented roster primed for a run to a sixth straight final four. Syracuse (4-3) has new-look lineup still looking to find its rhythm after losing a decorated senior class from a year ago. However, the expectations remain high for an Orange program that consistently manages to reload rather than rebuild.

No. 12 North Carolina and No. 1 Johns Hopkins meet in the third game at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Jays are coming off a thrilling 11-10 overtime win over previously top-ranked Virginia. That victory pushed the undefeated Blue Jays (8-0) to the top of the national polls for the first time since early in the 2008 season. Johns Hopkins will be challenged by a North Carolina (7-3) team that is loaded with talent but searching for consistency. A fourth quarter rally last week against Maryland earned the Tar Heels a hard fought 11-10 win that could signal a start of something special.

Ticket prices for the 2012 Konica Minolta Big City Classic are: $75 for the Toyota Coaches Club seats; $45 for West Midfield seats (Lower Level); $45 for the Chase 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, call Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or logging onto Ticketmaster.com. Fans interested in saving on group ticket purchases of 10 or more should call 201.460.4370.

“The Konica Minolta Big City Classic always promises an incredible day of lacrosse action,” said Andy Bilello, Associate Publisher at Inside Lacrosse. “With a lineup that features five highly ranked teams, including the new No. 1 ranked team in the nation (Johns Hopkins), we anticipate playoff-like energy and intensity. The variety and scope of the Fan Fest activities planned inside the stadium will add to this highly-charged atmosphere.”

“If you are a lacrosse fan, then you really cannot miss the Big City Classic. If you are new to the sport, then you could not pick a better opportunity than April 1st to experience the best lacrosse has to offer,” stated Bilello.

2012 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll (week of March 26)
(Bold indicates team is a 2012 Konica Minolta Big City Classic participant)
1.    Johns Hopkins
2.    Virginia
3.    Massachusetts
4.    Cornell
5.    Loyola
6.    Notre Dame
7.    Lehigh
8.    Duke
9.    Maryland
10.    Denver
11.    Princeton
12.    North Carolina
13.    Villanova
14.    Syracuse
15.    Fairfield
16.    Bucknell
17.    Colgate
18.    Penn State
19.    Navy
20.    Georgetown

“Konica Minolta is excited to continue our sponsorship of Konica Minolta Big City Classic – which is right in our backyard in New Jersey," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "We look forward to sharing a great day of fast-paced action with lacrosse fans across the country.”

Konica Minolta and Inside Lacrosse invite all lacrosse fans to follow all of the action on the companies’ respective social media sites:

Konica Minolta
Facebook: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.
Twitter: @KonicaMinoltaUS and @KonicaMinoltaAt

Inside Lacrosse
Facebook: Inside Lacrosse
Twitter: @Inside_Lacrosse, @BigCityClassic

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced document management technologies and Managed IT Services for the desktop to the print shop. For the fifth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. BLI has named Konica Minolta 2012 “Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year” and “A3 MFP Line of the Year” award winner for the company’s solution portfolio and award-winning line of bizhub Multifunctional Products. For more information, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook (@Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A), YouTube (@KonicaMinoltaUS), and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaUS).

About Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse is the premier media outlet for the sport of lacrosse, covering print (Inside Lacrosse Magazine, Face-Off Yearbook), online (InsideLacrosse.com, LacrosseForums.com, NLLInsider.com, WingsZone.com/nllmb), video (InsideLacrosse.tv and “Inside Lacrosse on ESPN”) and events (Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Konica Minolta Big City Classic, Whitman’s Sampler Mile High Classic). IL is the online partner of ESPN.com.

Konica Minolta Contact
Alicia Libucha
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 857.205.0919

Inside Lacrosse Contacts
Andy Bilello
Inside Lacrosse Magazine
+1 410.369.0732

Danielle Bernstein
Inside Lacrosse Magazine
+1 410.369.0747

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