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Men's Lacrosse to Face Denver in San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic

The Crimson reached the Ivy League tournament semifinals in 2011 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's lacrosse team will travel west to play Denver in the third annual San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Saturday, Oct. 8. The game, which will be held at Kezar Stadium, will begin at 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST).

Live statistics will not be available for the exhibition.

The event, which is hosted by the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS), is the only NCAA Division I men's lacrosse competition in California. All revenue from the classic, which is presented by Levi's, will benefit a variety of innovative sports and education programs for under-resourced children and youth in the Bay Area.
 
Tickets are now available for purchase at www.sflacrosse.com.

"The Harvard team and coaching staff cannot wait to get to the San Francisco Bay area in October to face-off against Denver and participate in helping to grow lacrosse in the area while supporting a great organization," said Chris Wojcik '96, who is entering his second season as the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse.
 
The Crimson finished 10-6 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League in 2011, the first season under Wojcik. Harvard advanced to the Ivy League tournament final for the first time in program history, defeating No. 15 Penn, 12-8, in the semifinal round. The Crimson earned a No. 15 ranking in the final United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll and appeared at No. 16 in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll.
 
Denver went 15-3 overall last spring, falling to eventual national champion Virginia in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. The Pioneers were ranked fourth in both the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse and USILA polls.
 
"The continuing enthusiasm that these 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 Fall Classic for the BAYS Foundation, and a two-time All-American lacrosse player from San Francisco's University High School who went on to play Division I lacrosse at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Prior to the start of the competition, a free youth clinic will be held for first through eighth graders, featuring student-athletes from the participating teams. A free coaches clinic will be also be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Denver and Harvard. Both clinics will begin at 12 p.m. on game day.

2011 marks the first year of the event's title sponsorship by San Francisco's Levi's®. Due to the generosity of Levi's® and other event sponsors, 100% of the ticket and concession revenue BAYS collects from the event this year will benefit the youth sports programs it supports. In the past two years, as a direct result of the Fall Classic, BAYS has invested $127,500 in six innovative local sports programs for underserved youth.