Tukwila, Wash. (May 18, 2012) – NCAA Division I collegiate lacrosse is coming to the City of Tukwila for the first time this fall as top-ranked University of Maryland and the University of Denver will square-off in the first Seatown Classic, Saturday, October 13 at the Starfire Sports Campus.

Presented by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse, the Seatown Classic exhibition matchup between the currently ranked #9 Terps and #15 Pioneers is the first NCAA Division I collegiate lacrosse game to be played in Washington State.

“The City of Tukwila is excited to welcome collegiate US Lacrosse to our fine city,” said Jim Haggerton, Mayor for the City of Tukwila.  “Lacrosse is an excellent sport and Starfire is the perfect facility to host it. We hope people from around Puget Sound area and beyond will come to participate in this historic occasion.”

“US Lacrosse is thrilled to bring NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse to the Seattle area for the first time,” said Dave Low, Washington State chapter president of US Lacrosse.  “In the last decade over 100 high school players in Washington State have gone on to play lacrosse at the NCAA level.  This is an opportunity to see the best of those players and collegiate lacrosse played at its very highest level.”

“Seattle Southside is happy to welcome players and spectators from around the nation to take part in this exciting display of athleticism,” said Katherine Kertzman, Executive Director of Seattle Southside Visitor Services. “Sporting events often generate a large amount of visitor spending to a region and our hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions will greatly benefit from this event.”

Tickets to the game will be available later this summer through www.SeaTownClassic.org

Maryland, a two-time NCAA National Champion, was the runner-up in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament.  Since 1971, the Terps have made 35 trips to the NCAA Tournament advancing to the national title game 10 times.  2012 is their 10thconsecutive trip to the NCAAs.

Maryland  has two local high school products on its roster;  junior midfielder Landon Carr, who played prep lacrosse at Curtis High School in University Place and senior Drew Snider, a graduate of Seattle’s O’Dea High School, who played prep lacrosse at Garfield.

The Terps are coached by John Tillman, who in his second year is just the ninth coach in the 86-year history of the Maryland program. Tillman came to College Park after three years returning Harvard lacrosse to national prominence and twelve seasons as the top assistant at Navy, during which the Midshipmen experienced some of the best years in their storied history.

Denveris one of the most successful NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse programs in the west advancing to the NCAA tournament five of the last seven years.  In 2011, the Pioneers finished 6-0 in conference play and 15-3 overall, falling to Virginia in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I tournament before 45,039 spectators at in Baltimore.

Denver has one local product on its roster, sophomore midfielder Cole Nordstom, who prepped at Bellevue High School.

The Pioneers are led by one of collegiate lacrosse's legendary coaches, Bill Tierney.  Tierney took over the reins of the University of Denver men's lacrosse program in July 2009 after serving as the head coach at Princeton since the 1988 season. After 22 seasons leading the Tigers, Tierney has amassed a resume that includes six NCAA Championships, eight NCAA championship final appearances, 10 NCAA Final Four appearances, 16 quarterfinal appearances including one in 2009 and 14 Ivy League Championships.

Both Maryland and Denver have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Tournament.

To learn more, visit the Seatown Classic at www.SeatownClassic.com

About Tukwila, Washington
The City of Tukwila ishome to over 19,000 residents representing a broad range of ethnic diversity. In 2009 the New York Times reported that the Tukwila School District was the most diverse district in the nation. Tukwila’s warm community spirit is reflected everywhere, especially in its celebrations such as the Fourth of July or Backyard Wildlife Fair. Since its founding in 1908, Tukwila has also grown into a bustling business engine that is central to the Puget Sound economy. The City hosts over 2,200 businesses with 42,000 employees in a wide variety of sectors such as retail, aircraft components, health care, food manufacturing, datacenters, and information services. Tukwila is proud to be home to the Museum of Flight, Starfire Sports Complex, the Seattle Sounders FC, and Westfield Southcenter, the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest. 

About Starfire Sports and Starfire Sports Stadium
Starfire Sports is the premiere soccer, lacrosse and field sports athletic campus in the nation located just south of Seattle in Tukwila, Washington.  Built in 2004 and operated as a non-profit community sports resource, Starfire is home to the Seattle Sounders FC MLS team and the Seattle Sounders Women soccer team and annually hosts select games in the 4,500 capacity Starfire Stadium.  Over one million competitors, spectators and community groups visit the facility annually and its community outreach program provides financial assistance and athletic opportunities to some 3,700 underserved youth in the Tukwila and South Seattle communities each year.  To learn more about Starfire Sports please visit www.StarfireSports.comor visit us on Facebook. 

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington State has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 34-year local history, lacrosse is played at the high school, youth, club and club collegiate level in Washington State.  At the high school level 157 individual boys and girls high school teams are available to students attending nearly 200 WIAA schools across eastern and western Washington.   To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results visit www.WashingtonHSLAX.comor follow us on Facebookor Twitter @WashingtonHSLAX. To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse visit USLacrosse.org.

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Media Contacts Only:

US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter
Mike McQuaid
Sports Information Director
206.683.8988
Mike@McQuaidUSA.com

Starfire Sports
Andrew Croft
Charitable Partnerships & Events Manager
206.431.3232
Andrew@starfiresports.com

City of Tukwila
Derek Speck
Economic Development Manager
206-433-1832
Derek.Speck@TukwilaWA.gov

Seattle Southside Visitor Services
Ashley Comar
Marketing Communications Manager
206-575-2489
Ashley@SeattleSouthside.com