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Big-time events

The 2012 season culminates with championship weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Along the way there are some other notable big-time events. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic tripleheader will be played March 10 at M&T Bank Stadium. Princeton faces North Carolina, Steele Stanwick and Rob Pannell go head-to-head as Virginia and Cornell square off, and Hopkins plays UMBC in the nightcap. The Big City Classic drew more than 25,000 fans last spring in East Rutherford, N.J. The lineup on April 1 at MetLife Stadium features Notre Dame vs. St. John¿s, Duke vs. Syracuse and North Carolina vs. Johns Hopkins. The inaugural Mile High Classic, featuring Virginia-Penn and Duke-Denver, will be played on April 27 at Sports Authority Field in Denver, home of the Broncos. There are also some notable additions to the men's landscape this season. Michigan is the first Bowl Championship Subdivision school to add lacrosse in 30 years. The Wolverines debuted with a loss Sunday against Detroit Mercy. They will struggle this season but have made terrific headway on the recruiting trail. It's only a matter of time before they are a Top 20 contender. Marquette joins next spring, and Furman announced last week that it is adding a Division I men's team. Boston University made a splash Tuesday, announcing that it is targeting a 2014 start date and will be fully funded with 12.6 scholarships. The Terriers will compete in the America East Conference. These ripples create positive momentum but remember that there isn't a single Division I team in the Southeastern Conference , Pacific-12 or Big 12 and just three in the Big Ten. Financial considerations and Title IX remain the roadblocks. Are schools such as Wake Forest, USC, BYU, Oregon, Texas and Arizona State considering? That would be big news.
Greg M. Cooper, US PRESSWIRE
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