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Men’s lacrosse kicks off season with Face-Off Classic

The men's lacrosse team opens its season this weekend in Denver. Photo: Trish Demopoulos

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team opens its home slate by hosting the annual DU Face-Off Classic at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 25 and 26. The Pioneers welcome the Michigan Wolverines at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The teams will meet for the first time in both schools’ histories, as Michigan is competing at the NCAA Division I level for the first time after dominating club lacrosse for the past decade and earning three straight national club team titles from 2008–10.

The Pioneers have dominated the DU Face-Off Classic, holding a 17-5 record since the team first started the classic in 2001. The Wolverines hold a 0-2 overall record early in 2012, dropping their last game to perennial power No. 17 Penn State.

The third annual Face-Off Classic kicks off Saturday with an 11 a.m. game between Air Force and Robert Morris, followed by the Wolverines battling the Pioneers at 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s action will begin at 11 a.m. with a contest between Air Force and Michigan. Denver will end the classic by taking on Robert Morris at 1:30 p.m.

Single-game tickets are available for $9. Children 2 and under are admitted free but must sit on a ticketholder’s lap. Admission is free for DU students with a valid Pioneer Card.

A two-day, four-game pass also is available for $20; it must be purchased in advance. Face-Off Classic single-day passes (two games) are $15.

For groups of 20 or more, tickets are available for a discounted price. Interested parties should contact Group Sales Manager Adam Sizemore at 303-871-2389 or

For more information about ticket purchases, visit the ticketing information website.

This Week’s Pioneer Home Schedule

Date Sport Opponent Location Time
Feb. 24 Tennis (W) Air Force CO Athletic Club/Monaco 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 Tennis (M) BYU Pinehurst Country Club 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 Hockey North Dakota Magness Arena 8:07 p.m.
Feb. 25 Lacrosse Robert Morris vs. Air Force Peter Barton Stadium 11 a.m.
Feb. 25 Lacrosse Michigan Peter Barton Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 25       Gymnastics Sacramento State Hamilton Gymnasium 6 p.m.
Feb. 25 Hockey North Dakota Magness Arena 7:07 p.m.
Feb. 26 Tennis (M) New Mexico Pinehurst Country Club 10 a.m.
Feb. 26 Lacrosse Air Force vs. Michigan Peter Barton Stadium 11 a.m.
Feb. 26 Basketball (M) North Texas Magness Arena 1 p.m.
Feb. 26 Lacrosse (M) Robert Morris Peter Barton Stadium 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 Basketball (W) North Texas Magness Arena 3:30 p.m.






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