JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Continuing its proud tradition of welcoming the best competition in the nation, the Jacksonville University men's lacrosse team welcomes the University of Michigan to D.B. Milne Field for the 2019 Moe's Lacrosse Classic. The teams face off on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m., and the game will be covered live on CBS Sports with legendary men's lacrosse personality Booker Corrigan on the call.
This year's event will mark the ninth time the Moe's Classic has taken place here in Jacksonville; each time Moe's Southwest Grill has served as the title sponsor. This event has helped significantly raise the awareness of lacrosse in the region and raise the profile of JU lacrosse.
"After last year's success, we had the opportunity to sit down with the folks at Moe's to make sure this event becomes a flagship event here in North Florida. The ability to run a high profile event on campus allows our program to attract nationally recognized opponents from across the country to come down and play us in the spring," stated Galloway. "This year with our partnership with CBS Sports, we will be able to reach millions of homes across the nation to help promote not only our men's lacrosse program, but Jacksonville University and the incredible momentum we have as an institution."
ADMISSION AND SEATING
General admission for the 2019 Moe's Lacrosse Classic is $20, while children 18 and under, senior citizens, and members of the military are $15. Groups of 15 or more are able to gain admission at a discounted price of $10 each and groups of 50 or more are eligible for a group discount of $5 per ticket. A limited amount of sideline seating will also be available for $30.
General admission and group admission includes bleacher seating, while sideline seating includes Adirondack chairs along the bleacher-side sideline.
JU: LACROSSE CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SERIES
The Moe's Classic kicks off with the first three matchups of four high school games highlighted in the second installation of the JU: Lacrosse Capital of the South High School Lacrosse Series.
With six area high school teams taking part this year, the 2019 Moe's Lacrosse Classic will provide a full day of quality lacrosse for spectators. Beginning at 9 a.m., Nease HS faces off with Fleming Island HS prior to the Dolphins' meeting with Michigan at 11:30 a.m. Later, Ponte Vedra HS takes on St. Augustine HS at 2:30 p.m. before the day closes out with Creekside HS and The Bolles School battling at 5 p.m.
WELCOME TO MOE'S!
As the title sponsor, Moe's Southwest Grill will be on hand with a fresh supply of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, queso, and the rest of their menu throughout the day.
Since its inception during the 2011 season, Moe's has been the title sponsor of all eight Classics. Other Moe's Lacrosse Classic opponents have included Georgetown (2011), Navy (2012), Ohio State (2013, 2018), Notre Dame (2014), Army (2015), and Monmouth (2016).
The Dolphins hold a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with the Wolverines, though it is the first time the teams will battle in the Moe's Lacrosse Classic. With both wins previously coming at D.B. Milne Field, the Dolphins are in good position to continue that streak. The teams first met in 2012 with JU coming away victorious in a 9-8 overtime win; the Dolphins also earned a 14-8 win in 2015.
HISTORY OF THE MOE'S LACROSSE CLASSIC
One year after the Dolphins made their debut as the first - and only - Division I men's lacrosse program in the state of Florida in 2010, the Moe's Southwest Grill Sunshine Classic was launched as a way to build the lacrosse community in Florida, garner interest in the sport, and showcase the diversity of sporting events welcomed in Jacksonville and North Florida.
Featuring some of the nation's top programs from around the country, the first four Moe's Classics from 2011 to 2014 were played at EverBank Field, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. With a rematch of the 2010 National Championship game between Duke and Notre Dame supplementing the inaugural Moe's Classic, the annual event brought nationally-ranked opponents to the First Coast and supported Jacksonville's goal of bringing lacrosse into the sporting conversation in Florida.
With events like the Moe's Lacrosse Classic held in nontraditional areas – including Florida – the sport of lacrosse continues to gain popularity across the country with each successive year. Since the Dolphins' inaugural season in 2010, 13 teams have been added at the Division I level, from 60 in 2010 to 73 in 2019.