Heated Rivals Maryland and North Carolina to Face Off in Second Edition of Pacific Coast Shootout

Heated Rivals Maryland and North Carolina to Face Off in Second Edition of Pacific Coast Shootout


March 21 at Santa Ana Stadium

Tickets Already on Sale at pclaxshootout.com

Newport Beach, Calif. – The second edition of the Pacific Coast Shootout will be a matchup of former Atlantic Coast Conference men’s lacrosse rivals Maryland and North Carolina on Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 PM (PT) at Eddie West Field at Santa Ana Stadium.

The Terrapins, 13-4 and NCAA semifinalists in 2014, will be playing their first season in the Big Ten Conference in 2015, after being charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels, charter and current members of the ACC, finished their 2014 campaign with a 10-5 record after suffering a 9-5 loss to Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout featured the Denver Pioneers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on March 8, 2014. The Pioneers won that contest 10-7, before a crowd of 5,870 fans at LeBard Stadium. The hero in that game was Denver attackman and Santa Ana, Calif. native Erik Adamson, who scored six goals in his homecoming.

"After the success of the inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout, we are excited to announce that Maryland and North Carolina will continue their heated rivalry and move it three-thousand miles from home to Southern California,” said the event's Executive Director, G.W. Mix. “This is one of the best college lacrosse match-ups of the year, and it will be played right here.”

Maryland will be making its first regular season appearance in Southern California and its first under current head coach John Tillman, who is in his fifth year at the helm in College Park.

"We are honored to play in the Pacific Coast Shootout against a very talented North Carolina team. There are many benefits to being part of such a great event. We look forward to supporting the growth of lacrosse in Southern California, while providing the opportunity for Terps lacrosse fans and alums to see the team live," said Tillman. "Our program has had some great players come from the west coast and there is a strong Maryland lacrosse presence there. I want to thank the event organizers for providing such a special opportunity for our student-athletes and University."

North Carolina, led by seventh-year head coach Joe Breschi, returns to the Southland for the first time since a 9-7 loss to Notre Dame at The Home Depot Center in Carson during the 2005 season.

"The University of North Carolina, the athletic department and our lacrosse program are thrilled to be a part of the Pacific Coast Shootout. I'd like to thank the organizers for all their hard work in making this game a reality for both UNC and Maryland," Breschi said. "To pull a tremendous matchup of this caliber out West in the regular season is special, and we are truly thankful for the opportunity. The game of lacrosse and recruiting has spread dramatically across the country over the last decade and this is a clear indication of its tremendous growth. I hope the fans from Southern California enjoy the experience!"

Tickets for the Pacific Coast Shootout are already on sale at pclaxshootout.com and range from $20-$35.

Sponsorships are also available.


Nick Ammazzalorso
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