CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Queen City was the focus of the college lacrosse world on Saturday, as Charlotte hosted the third annual Warrior Classic at the American Legion Memorial Stadium.
The event features four Division I NCAA Men’s Lacrosse teams squaring off in two contests. This year, the participants were the University of North Carolina, Hofstra, Syracuse, and Rutgers.
The Charlotte Hounds will open their inaugural season at the stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Hounds player UNC alum Billy Bitter, and Duke alum Matt Danowski among others, were on hand for the festivities, and even took over coaching roles for youth lacrosse teams that played during halftime.
The first game match-up between Syracuse and Rutgers started off tight, with the score tied at two, but Syracuse quickly asserted itself. The Orangemen won in dominating style 19-6. Syracuse fans came out in big numbers, as part of a crowd in the thousands.
The second game, between UNC and Hofstra, was a much tighter affair. The game see-sawed back and forth with impressive performances on both sides, including Billy Bitter’s younger brother Jimmy Bitter, on the UNC side. In the end, the Tarheels prevailed with a 12-9 victory.
Among the thousands of fans were representatives from two dozen area high schools. ESPNU broadcast the game to a national audience.