A standing room only crowd is expected to fill the stands for the season finale on McCooey Field at 7 p.m., on May 7, for the 121st meeting of the Hobart College and Cornell University lacrosse teams. Tickets prices are $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as parking in the McCooey Field lot will be by permit only. Additional parking will be available in the St. Clair St., Boswell Field, and Medbury parking lots. Parking is free and shuttles will run from the Boswell and Medbury lots to McCooey Field.
Handicapped parking will be available near the main gate to McCooey Field.
Prior to the start of the game, Hobart will honor its four seniors: defensive midfielder Jamie Giles (Salisbury/Ashburn, Ontario), midfielder Brian Joy (West Genesee/Camillus, N.Y.), defensive midfielder Matt Kanellis (Cortland/Cortland, N.Y.), and attackman Mark Williamson (Corning East/Corning, N.Y.).
At halftime, fans will have the opportunity to participate in one of two new contests. The first is a “Young Guns” competition with two kids between the ages of 6-12 completing a lacrosse obstacle course. The second contest will feature four Hobart and William Smith students against the radar gun in a fastest shot competition. Both contests are sponsored by and will feature prizes from Brine and the Statesmen Athletic Association.
The Statesmen (8-6) enter the game ranked 17th in the latest Gieco/STX Coaches Poll. Hobart is coming off a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to second-ranked Navy in the Patriot League Championship game. A win over the Big Red would bolster the Statesmen’s case for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Of Hobart’s six losses this season, five have come to team’s ranked in the top-10, including two by just a single goal.
With a 10-9 victory over Brown on May 1, the ninth-ranked Big Red (8-3) wrapped up the Ivy League Championship and its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cornell holds a 71-45-4 lead in a series that dates back to the 1890s.