Earlier this week, we learned the news from various sources about the upcoming Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on March 17, 2013.
One of the teams participating in the inaugural event is Holy Cross, a squad that’s coming off a 5-10 campaign. Jim Morrissey, who is the head coach, provided some insight on the upcoming event, as well as his outlook toward his team’s Patriot League contests against Navy.
Here are the highlights from the interview:
On receiving the news about Holy Cross being a participant: “My immediate reaction was excitement. Knowing you can still feel the butterflies in the belly is always a good thing. Our players will be very excited to play in a pro venue that’s for sure. One thing I stressed to the captains is this game is still a Patriot League game that has major implications on our league standings. We can’t lose focus on that. It is still a conference game despite the pro level excitement and venue that we will be playing in.”
On prior knowledge of the event: “I really did not know much behind the motive of the event, but I do know lacrosse is getting better and better at every level and many pro venues can see lacrosse as being a great way to draw fans and excitement to their venues.”
On how the event will grow the program: “This event will definitely help our program. The Mets organization is first class and these two lacrosse games will be represented by first class programs. We are honored to play the Naval Academy under such a big stage. And yes, I definitely think it will help with recruiting, as long as we play well and at the expectation level that we have set for ourselves.”
On playing at Citi Field: “Playing in the largest media market in the world does not hurt the growth of lacrosse. It definitely helps. Long Island has always and will always be a hotbed for lacrosse, so to be able to play in Long Island’s back yard is definitely important. Holy Cross as a school has always been and always will be an attractive option for Long Island student-athletes. We have 8 Long Island kids on the squad this spring, so it will be great for those kids to be able to play close to home.”
On his team’s outlook toward the game: “It is exciting for the players to be a part of an event like this, but I would not say it adds to their motivation. Navy is a Patriot League opponent, so our guys would be very motivated no matter where we are playing. Once we step on the field and the game starts we will be focused and motivated on the outcome of the game. We plan on going there and giving Navy a battle and will expect to come away from the game with a Patriot League win.”