Dec. 22, 2005
San Diego, Calif. - Sports marketing and event management leader, Pantheon International, has announced plans to host The FIRST 4 on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif. This is the second annual spring invitational of Division I men's college lacrosse in the state of California and first ever Division I lacrosse competition at Torero Stadium.
Four of the nation's top ranked teams will meet in the doubleheader with the 2005 NCAA Championship Finalist, Duke, meeting the Greyhounds of Loyola, followed by the 2004 NCAA Championship Finalist, Navy Midshipmen, facing off against Bucknell.
The D-I doubleheader is the finale to two days of lacrosse action that will showcase the five top ranked high school teams in Northern and Southern California in the "High School Challenge". This year's event will also include two highly anticipated College Club games featuring four regional rivals. Complete game schedule is as follows:
Friday March 10, 2006Manchester Field All Times PST3:00pmUniversity of San Diegovs.Claremont College5:00pm Coronado vs. St. Ignatius7:00pmRancho Bernardovs.Menlo
Saturday March 11, 2006Manchester Field 9:00amTorrey Pinesvs.San Ramon Valley11:00amPowayvs.University (SF)1:00pmLa Costa Canyonvs. Monte Vista Danville3:00pmUC Santa Barbara vs.University of California San Diego
Division 1 DoubleheaderTorero Stadium All Times PST5:00pmDukevs.Loyola7:30pmNavyvs.Bucknell
"The Inaugural First 4 in California was very well received by thousands of lacrosse fans on the west coast," says Kent Atherton, President & CEO of Pantheon International. "We are thrilled with our move to San Diego and USD provides a wonderful facility and atmosphere to showcase lacrosse... our expanded event format meets our objective of continuing to build the sport of lacrosse on a more national scale."
Pantheon International is a privately held, Westport, Conn.-based sports marketing & event management firm that own event properties in California, Indiana, New York and Florida. Pantheon specializes in providing unique corporate marketing platforms through its high profile sports events. The company is a niche leader at originating and producing marquee live sports entertainment that create powerful bonds between corporations and the passionate affinity groups that permeate sports. The company's core properties include the prestigious John R. Wooden Classic and John R. Wooden Tradition college basketball invitational events, held in honor of the Hall of Fame coaching legend.
Reserved tickets to The FIRST 4 are available in advance by calling toll-free 866-574-0274 or by visiting the official event Web site at The First Four.
2004 First 4 Results
Notre Dame 9, North Carolina 7
Georgetown 10, Syracuse 7