BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team will face rival Penn State on Saturday, Mar. 9 in the Whitman’s® Sampler® Independence Classic, as announced by Inside Lacrosse on Thursday. The Mountain Hawks and Nittany Lions will face off at 5 p.m. in the third game of a tripleheader at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Lehigh’s game will follow St. John’s vs. Syracuse at 12 p.m. and Penn vs. Villanova at 2:30 p.m.
The entire Independence Classic will likely be carried by ESPN3 paired with regional broadcast exposure. The final schedule for ESPN networks and all Inside Lacrosse events will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Whitman’s® Sampler® Independence Classic brings the fourth Inside Lacrosse experience scheduled for 2013 to the Philadelphia market. PPL Park, home to MLS’s Philadelphia Union, provides a picturesque setting along the Delaware River and proved to be a fantastic venue for lacrosse as host to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals in May. The Independence Classic will present a tripleheader of college lacrosse with a distinctive local flavor. Four of the six participating schools hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Ticket prices are $45 for Club seats, $35 for Midfield reserved seats, $25 for reserved locations, $20 for groups of 10 or more and $15 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.
Lacrosse fans interested in ticket information for the Independence Classic can call ComcastTix at 800-298-4200. Fans can also visit PhiladelphiaUnion.com or InsideLacrosse.com to get the latest news on the event and details on ordering tickets.
Lehigh and Penn State will meet for a third straight season after winning on the other’s home turf the past two years. A matchup of two nationally-ranked foes, the Mountain Hawks finished 2012 with a school-record 14 wins along with their first-ever Patriot League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Lehigh defeated Penn State last season, 9-5 behind a dominant defensive effort. The Nittany Lions won two seasons ago at the Ulrich Sports Complex, 8-7 in overtime.
Penn State finished last year with a 9-6 record, just missing the NCAA Tournament. Led by head coach Jeff Tambroni, the Nittany Lions picked up a huge win over eventual National Semifinalist Notre Dame. Penn State went 5-1 in CAA play before falling to Drexel in the conference semifinals.
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Inside Lacrosse Event Sponsors
Joining Whitman’s® Sampler® as partners with Inside Lacrosse to present the Independence Classic and Mile High Classic in 2013 are: Warrior, Brine, Konica Minolta, ESPNU, CyberCore Technologies and Maverik.
About Whitman’s® Sampler®
America’s most famous box of chocolates celebrated its first 100 years in 2012. The yellow, cross-stitched Whitman’s® Sampler® may seem quiet and unassuming, but oh do Americans love to give it.
Since the Sampler’s introduction in 1912, it has never faltered as America’s best-selling box of chocolates. Today, a Sampler® is sold every 2.5 seconds. It is estimated that over one billion Samplers have been sold since 1912, and a large number of those empty boxes are still in desk drawers, cupboards, and attics filled with keepsakes, recipes, baseball cards, buttons, and the like. The Sampler® is truly a part of American life.
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, ILGear.com, ILIndoor.com, ILWomen.com, ILIndoor.com), video (ILTelevision.com and “Inside Lacrosse on ESPN”) and events (Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Konica Minolta Big City Classic, Whitman’s® Sampler® Mile High Classic, Whitman’s® Sampler® Independence Classic and Powerball). IL is the online partner of ESPN.com