NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack men's lacrosse team will take on Bentley University on April 21 at 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
In addition to Merrimack's battle with Bentley, there will be three other Division I matchups, featuring five nationally-ranked programs.
"We are thrilled to be a part of such a special event at Gillette Stadium," said Merrimack Director of Athletics Glenn Hofmann. "Participating with seven other prestigious institutions, including five nationally-ranked Division I programs, is a true honor. We are really looking forward to celebrating this special event with our alums, students and Merrimack lacrosse fans across New England."
Merrimack will have a number of consignment tickets available shortly for purchase at the Volpe Box Office. Ticket are $15 for adults and $10 for students with a valid Merrimack student ID. A release date will be available shortly. Fans can call the Merrimack ticket office at 978-837-5324 for more information.
Tickets to the general public are on sale Thursday, March 1 through Ticketmaster. Youth organizations and group sales should call Gillette Stadium at 508-549-0178.
Merrimack will take on Bentley at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 as part of the third annual New England Lacrosse Classic. #14 Hofstra and #11 UMass will follow Merrimack's game at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, March 31, in the first women's collegiate athletic event at Gillette, #1 Northwestern faces #18 Ohio State, while #12 Syracuse faces Harvard.
"We are very pleased to welcome these eight prestigious institutions with great lacrosse traditions to Gillette Stadium." said Dan Murphy, a 1989 Merrimack graduate and Vice President for Business Development at Gillette Stadium. "These events continue the growing lacrosse tradition associated with Gillette Stadium."
Merrimack becomes the first Division II men's lacrosse program to play twice at Gillette Stadium. The Warriors took on then Division II-Bryant University in the first ever college lacrosse event at Gillette on April 5, 2008, losing 7-5.
Merrimack has advanced to three straight Northeast-10 Championships, won the title in 2010 and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Final Four in 2009.
With four preseason All-Americans, Merrimack opens its season at Dominican on March 6 at 4 p.m. It's home opener is March 27 against Franklin Pierce at 4 p.m.
Gillette Stadium will serve as the site of the NCAA 2012 Men's Lacrosse Championship May 26-28.
Information on all three events is available at www.gillettestadiumlacrosse.com.