JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Moe's Lacrosse Classic is making its triumphant return to the River City as Jacksonville University men's lacrosse plays host to the 2017 NCAA Championship runner-up Ohio State University on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.
This year's event will mark the eighth 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.
"We are bringing the premiere lacrosse event in the south back to Jacksonville," exclaimed second-year Dolphin head coach John Galloway. "The game will be bookended by two elite high school matches to highlight the growth of lacrosse in the south. I want to thank our title sponsor Moe's Southwest Grill, as well as our Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert and Deputy Athletic Director for External Relations Scott Bacon for spearheading the return of this event. Our goal is to become the Lacrosse Capital of the South, and the Moe's Classic is our first huge step in that direction."
ADMISSION AND SEATING
General admission for the 2018 Moe's Classic is $20, while children 18 and under, senior citizens, and members of the military are $10. Groups of 15 or more are able to gain admission at a discounted price of $5 each. Season ticket holders will receive an additional ticket to bring a friend to the Moe's Classic, along with an exclusive commemorative event ticket.
General admission and group admission includes bleacher seating. Adirondack seating along the bleacher side of the field will be available for season ticket holders and their additional ticket holder.
JU: LACROSSE CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SERIES
The Moe's Classic kicks off with the first two matchups of five high school games highlighted in the inaugural JU: Lacrosse Capital of the South High School Lacrosse Series. Local high schools Creekside and The Bolles School face off at 10 a.m. and Ponte Vedra takes on IMG Academy at 3:30 p.m., following the Dolphins' 1 p.m. meeting with the Buckeyes.
Although the Dolphin-Buckeye matchup on Sunday headlines the event, the 2018 Moe's Classic includes another lacrosse matchup two days prior. Jacksonville women's lacrosse squares off with Ohio State Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 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 seven Classics. Other Moe's Classic opponents have included Georgetown (2011), Navy (2012), Notre Dame (2014), Army (2015), and Monmouth (2016).
This year marks the first time in the history of the Moe's Classic that the Dolphins will face an opponent they played in a previous Classic.
The Buckeyes enter the Moe's Classic with a 3-0 lead in the all-time series. The 2018 Moe's Classic marks the first time ever that the Dolphins will battle the Buckeyes on home turf. While the previous two meetings were held in Columbus, Ohio, the initial matchup during the 2013 Moe's Classic was held at EverBank Field – home of the Jacksonville Jaguars..
HISTORY OF THE MOE'S 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 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.
Generally known as a "hotbed" sport with talent traditionally rising from the Northeast, Maryland, and Colorado, the Moe's Classic delivered an exciting, high-level lacrosse experience to a region of the country that would not typically get to experience it. However, with events like the Moe's Classic held in nontraditional regions, the sport continues to gain popularity across the country with each successive year, with additional hotbeds appearing in areas like Texas, California, and Florida.