ESPN’s Most Extensive College Lacrosse Coverage Begins Feb. 19

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ESPN’s Most Extensive College Lacrosse Coverage Begins Feb. 19

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Schedule Features 57 Games, Every NCAA Tournament Game in HD for First Time

ESPN’s 2010 men’s and women’s college lacrosse season — featuring the most extensive schedule to date with 57 games, primarily on ESPNU — will begin Friday, Feb. 19, with a regular-season matchup and conclude with the NCAA National Championship May 31.

For the first time, every NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship game will be offered in high definition through ESPNU HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPN HD. In addition, ESPNU will produce 16 regular-season games in high definition.

Overall, ESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will combine to offer 42 regular-season and all 15 NCAA Tournament games. ESPNU, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary March 4, will televise the majority of the action with 40 regular-season games and every first-round and quarterfinal matchup of the men’s NCAA Tournament. Regular season schedule highlights:

  •  17 of the top 20 teams ranked in the men’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and every team in the top 11;
  • All but one of the men’s telecasts will include a team in the media poll, highlighted by 28 matchups featuring a showdown between ranked teams, including seven with both teams in the top five and 16 with teams in the top 10;
  • Coverage will include all seven of the men’s programs that have won an NCAA Championship — Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia — including 11 telecasts between them:
    • No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins Saturday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU);
    • No. 1 Syracuse at No. 3 Virginia Sunday, March 7, at 1 p.m. (ESPN360.com);
    • No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Johns Hopkins Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. (ESPNU), which is a rematch of the 2007 National Championship game, won by Syracuse 13-10;
    • No. 5 Johns Hopkins at No. 3 Virginia (ESPN2) and No. 8 Maryland at No. 4 North Carolina (ESPNU) Saturday, March 27, at noon and 2 p.m., respectively;
    • No. 4 North Carolina at No. 5 Johns Hopkins (ESPNU) and No. 3 Virginia at No. 8 Maryland (ESPNU) Saturday, April 3, at noon and 8 p.m., respectively;
    • No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia (ESPNU) and No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 1 Syracuse (ESPNU) Saturday, April 10, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively;
    • No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins Saturday, April. 17, at 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU);
    • No. 6 Cornell at No. 7 Princeton Saturday, May 1, at 5 p.m. (ESPNU);
  • Six telecasts involving two-time defending men’s National Champion Syracuse;
  • This will mark the first year of a four-year exclusive agreement with the BIG EAST conference, which will begin its inaugural season formally sponsoring lacrosse. ESPNU will televise BIG EAST members No. 1 Syracuse, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 13 Georgetown and Rutgers.
  • ESPNU will televise four doubleheader events:
    • The inaugural ESPNU Warrior Lacrosse Invitational, organized by ESPN Regional Television, from Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. April 24: No. 18 Denver vs. Fairfield at 11 a.m. and No. 17 Massachusetts vs. No. 13 Georgetown at 1:30 p.m.
    • Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on March 6: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 Maryland at 11 a.m. and No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m.
    • Konica Minolta Big City Classic from New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on April 10: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia at 4 p.m. and No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 1 Syracuse at 6:30 p.m. This will be the first sporting event held at New Meadowlands Stadium, the new home for the NFL New York Giants and Jets.
    • Smartlink Day of Rivals from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on April 17: No. 11 Navy vs. Army at 4 p.m. and No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins at 6:30 p.m.
  • The women’s schedule will include Towson at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. and Ohio State at Johns Hopkins on Sunday, May 2, at noon, both on ESPNU.

For the fourth straight year, the ESPN networks will televise the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, with 2010 being the first year in which every game will be in high definition. ESPNU will televise all eight first-round and the four quarterfinal contests May 15-23. ESPN2 will televise the semifinals on May 29 while ESPN will offer the championship May 31. ESPN360.com will simulcast the semifinals and championship games. 

 Commentators

ESPN will feature the addition of top experts to a deep roster of returning knowledgeable commentators:

  • Returning analysts will include Quint Kessenich (Four-Time Johns Hopkins All-American), Mark Dixon (Johns Hopkins), Jack Emmer (former Army Head Coach and the NCAA’s winningest DI head coach), Matt Ward (Virginia and Tewaaraton winner) and Stephen McElduff (North Carolina).
  • Play-by-play announcers will include Carter Blackburn, who will serve as the primary commentator for ESPN’s coverage; ESPN Major League Lacrosse commentator Joe Beninati; and Eamon McAnaney, who played lacrosse at Notre Dame. Sean McDonough, the voice of many top college sports on ESPN, will call the NCAA Championship semifinals and championship.
  • Coverage will feature the addition analyst Jamie Munro, former head coach at Denver and assistant at Yale.

 2010 ESPNU College Lacrosse Regular-Season Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Feb 19 5 p.m. Manhattan at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Tue, Feb 23 5 p.m. Delaware at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Feb 27 Noon No. 10 Hofstra at No. 7 Princeton ESPNU
  2 p.m. * No. 8 Maryland at No. 13 Georgetown ESPNU
Sun, Feb 28 Noon Siena at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Mar 6 11 a.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 Maryland (from Baltimore) ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic: No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins (from Baltimore) ESPNU
Sun, Mar 7 12:30 a.m. *^ No. 4 North Carolina at No. 14 UMBC ESPNU
  1 p.m. No. 1 Syracuse at No. 3 Virginia ESPN360.com
Tue, Mar 9 11:30 p.m. ^ No. 14 UMBC at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Wed, Mar 10 4 p.m. Towson at Johns Hopkins (women) ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 4 North Carolina at No. 2 Duke ESPNU
Sat, Mar 13 11 a.m. * Towson at No. 8 Maryland ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 13 Georgetown at No. 1 Syracuse ESPNU
Sat, Mar 20 2 p.m. *^ No. 8 Maryland at No. 14 UMBC ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, Mar 21 Noon * No. 3 Virginia at Towson ESPNU
Sat, Mar 27 Noon No. 5 Johns Hopkins at No. 3 Virginia ESPN2
  Noon No. 2 Duke at No. 13 Georgetown ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 8 Maryland at No. 4 North Carolina ESPNU
Sun, Mar 28 2 a.m. *^ Towson at No. 16 Loyola (Md.) ESPNU
Sat, Apr 3 Noon * No. 4 North Carolina at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 3 Virginia at No. 8 Maryland ESPNU
Sat, Apr 10 Noon * No. 11 Navy at No. 8 Maryland ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 20 Albany at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia (East Rutherford, N.J.) ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic: No. 7 Princeton vs. No. 1 Syracuse (East Rutherford, N.J.) ESPNU
Sun, Apr 11 Noon No. 9 Notre Dame at No. 13 Georgetown ESPNU
Sat, Apr 17 Noon * No. 13 Georgetown at No. 16 Loyola (Md.) ESPNU
  4 p.m. Smartlink Day of Rivals: No. 11 Navy vs. Army (from Baltimore) ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. Smartlink Day of Rivals: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 5 Johns Hopkins (from Baltimore) ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. No. 2 Duke at No. 3 Virginia ESPNU
Sun, Apr 18 6 p.m. No. 1 Syracuse at Rutgers ESPNU
Sat, Apr 24 11 a.m. ESPNU Warrior Lacrosse Invitational: No. 18 Denver vs. Fairfield (Hartford) ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. ESPNU Warrior Lacrosse Invitational: No. 17 Massachusetts vs. No. 13 Georgetown (Hartford) ESPNU
Sun, Apr 25 5 p.m. *^ Penn State at Towson ESPNU
Wed, Apr 28 7 p.m. Towson at No. 5 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, May 1 Noon * Hartford at No. 14 UMBC ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 6 Cornell at No. 7 Princeton ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 1 Syracuse at No. 9 Notre Dame ESPNU
Sun, May 2 Noon Ohio State at Johns Hopkins (women) ESPNU
Sat, May 8 Noon * No. 5  Johns Hopkins at No. 16 Loyola (Md.) ESPNU

*Will co-exist on WMAR-TV (ABC affiliate in Baltimore)

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 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, May 15 Noon NCAA First Round – Game 1 (TBD) ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 2 (TBD) ESPNU
  5 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 3 (TBD) ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 4 (TBD) ESPNU
Sun, May 16 Noon NCAA First Round – Game 5 (TBD) ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 6 (TBD) ESPNU
  5 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 7 (TBD) ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. NCAA First Round – Game 8 (TBD) ESPNU
Sat, May 22 Noon Quarterfinal # 1 – Princeton, N.J. ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 – Princeton, N.J. ESPNU
Sun, May 23 Noon Quarterfinal #3 – Stony Brook, N.Y. ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #4 – Stony Brook, N.Y. ESPNU
Sat, May 29 4 p.m. Semifinal #1 – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore) ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
  6:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 – M&T Bank Stadium ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Mon, May 31 3:30 p.m. NCAA National Championship – M&T Bank Stadium ESPN / ESPN360.com

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