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Feb. 22, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s lacrosse program will join another storied program, Princeton, in the fifth annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic. The fall scrimmage will be contested at historic Kezar Stadium on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Faceoff is slated for 2 p.m. PST.

“We are very excited to be participating in the 2013 San Francisco Fall Classic,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “Princeton is a great opponent and the West Coast has emerged as fertile area for college recruiting. We look forward to connecting with some friends and families and to contributing to the growth of lacrosse overall. This promises to be a great event and should be a highlight of the fall season.”

The current UVa squad already boasts San Francisco flavor as current junior Rob Emery hails from the Golden Gate City. Emery’s younger brother, Matt, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Cavaliers last November and will be a first-year in the fall.

The scrimmage will showcase two teams that own a combined 11 NCAA Championships and have reached the NCAA Championship Game a combined 17 times. Kezar Stadium use to be the home for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. The Raiders played at Kezar their first season in 1960. After a renovation eliminated seating in 1990, Major League Lacrosse’s San Francisco Dragons franchise called the venue home from 2006-08.

This will be the fifth consecutive year that the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS) has hosted the only NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse competition in California. All revenue from the event will benefit a variety of innovative sports and education programs for under-resourced children in the Bay Area.

“The continuing enthusiasm that top programs have to travel across the country to play each other underscores the significant growth of lacrosse in California,” said Colin Mistele, event director of the San Francisco Fall Classic for the BAYS Foundation.

General information can be found on the SF Lacrosse website at Ticket information will be available in the spring.

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