Feb. 11, 2010

Courtesy of the New England Patriots

Foxborough, Mass. (February 11, 2010) - Gillette Stadium announced today the return of the New England Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, April 3, when Princeton University plays Brown University and Cornell University plays Dartmouth College.

"The New England Lacrosse Classic is Gillette Stadium's effort to participate in the continued growth and development of lacrosse here in New England," said Dan Murphy, stadium vice president for business development. "We look forward to building on the tremendous success of the NCAA championships in creating a great lacrosse atmosphere for the players and the lacrosse community."

The first New England Lacrosse Classic was played at Gillette Stadium in 2008 in advance of the 2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at the stadium. The 2010 New England Lacrosse Classic will be an all-Ivy League event that will provide New Englanders the opportunity to see 39 players who played youth and high school lacrosse in New England.

Dartmouth and Brown will serve as the home teams, with Cornell-Dartmouth facing off at Noon and Princeton-Brown at approximately 2:30.

"Gillette Stadium provides our program the opportunity to play in a championship venue, in front of the New England lacrosse community against one of our biggest rivals," said Lars Tiffany, head coach at Brown University.

"Our institution, team, alumni and fans are excited for the chance to play the 2009 national runners-up, Cornell, at Gillette Stadium in front of enthusiastic lacrosse fans," said Andy Towers, head coach at Dartmouth College.

Brown, Cornell and Princeton all participated in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships with Cornell advancing to the championship game.

Tickets for the New England Lacrosse Classic go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Ticketmaster. Group sales will be available through Gillette Stadium by calling 508-549-0258.

In addition to serving as the home of the three-time Super Champion New England Patriots and the 2007 U.S. Open Cup champion New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium served as the venue for the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships and also will host the NCAA championships in 2012.