2011 ESPN NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend Fact Sheet

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2011 ESPN NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend Fact Sheet

17th Straight Year Covering Semifinals & Final – May 28 & 30 from M&T Bank Stadium  

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May 25, 2011

ESPN’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Coverage
National Semifinals (ESPN2/ESPN3.com) – Saturday, May 28: No. 7 seed Virginia vs. No. 6 seed Denver at 4 p.m. ET, and Maryland vs. No. 5 seed Duke at 6:30 p.m. 

National Championship (ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Mobile) – Monday, May 30: Semifinal Winners at 3:30 p.m.

* – All three games available in high definition

Championship Weekend Storylines

  • ESPN has covered 28 NCAA Lacrosse Championships since 1980; 2011 marks the 17th consecutive year of covering the entire championship weekend;
  • Microphones will be worn by all three game officials during the semifinals and championship game providing on-field dialogue throughout the telecast with periodic switches to each official;
  • The telecast will use nine cameras, in addition to the Sky Cam:
    • A Super Slo Motion camera will allow viewers to experience a visually enhanced presentation;
  • Sean McDonough returns for his second year as the play-by-play announcer, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former Johns Hopkins All-American Quint Kessenich, who will be calling his 17th lacrosse championship;
  • Eamon McAnaney, a former Notre Dame men’s lacrosse player, has been covering the NCAA Lacrosse Championship for ESPN since 2007, and returns to the sideline for the third time and second straight year;
  • Syracuse graduates Anish Shroff and former lacrosse All-American Paul Carcaterra will be in studio from Bristol, Conn., to provide perspective at halftimes and in-between games on Saturday, and at halftime on Monday:
    • In-between games on Saturday, ESPN2 will run a feature on how the family of slain UVA women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love has turned their tragedy into a positive by helping others better their lives;
    • All-access features with the weekend’s semifinalists and how they have achieved success this season;
  • The ACC has three of the four teams in Baltimore this weekend including defending national champion Duke (14-5), and Virginia (11-5), who both return to the national semifinals for the second straight year, while unseeded Maryland (12-4) makes a hometown debut to the semis for the first time since 2006;
  • Denver (15-2) advances to the national semifinal for the first time in program history under legendary head coach Bill Tierney, who is 32-12 all-time in NCAA Division I tournament games, having won six national titles all at Princeton;


  • ESPN3.com will provide simulcast coverage of all three games from Baltimore;
  • Exclusive Sky Cam views of the championship weekend games can be seen on ESPN3.com;
  • ESPN3.com will also have full coverage of the postgame celebration, trophy presentation and the net cutting. 



  • ESPNU will provide immediate postgame coverage after the title game, followed by the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Post Show at 6 p.m. with additional perspective, interviews and reaction from M&T Stadium from McDonough, Kessenich, McAnaney, along with analyst Stephen McElduff;
  • ESPNU All-Access Denver will reair Wednesday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, at 2 a.m.;
  • ESPNU All-Access Duke will be reshown Wednesday, May 25, at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., along with Sunday, May 29, at 4 a.m.



  • ESPN.com columnist Dana O’Neil will be covering championship weekend, including a feature on Tierney, complete game coverage and a preview/feature Sunday heading into the championship game;
  • Acclaimed writer Mark Winegardner will be filing daily features for ESPN.com looking to capture the unique atmosphere of the NCAA Lacrosse Championship;
  • Live chat during the semifinals and final game with Carcaterra during semifinals and championship game;
  • On Monday, ESPN.com will look back at 40 years of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including video from coaches around the country.



  • Debuted March 30 and will offer behind-the-scenes views from ESPN’s coverage of the entire NCAA Championship.


ESPN Mobile

  • Covered six early-round games, in addition to the title game, on the industry-leading mobile Web sports site, including on-demand video highlights and ESPN Alerts to deliver score updates.


ESPN International

  • The semifinal games will be shown live on Saturday, May 28, on ESPN2 Australia and ESPN2 Caribbean. 
  • The championship game will air live on Monday, May 30, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN PacRim, Caribbean, ESPN America Middle East, Australia and Brazil HD networks;
  • ESPN America in Europe will debut the semifinals back-to-back leading into the title game live on Monday;
  • Same day/next day airs will be available on ESPN Africa, Middle East and Latin America networks;

NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Schedule (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Networks
Sat, May 28 4 p.m. National Semifinal (Baltimore, Md.) Game 1:
No. 7 seed Virginia vs. No. 6 seed Denver
Sean McDonough, Quint Kessenich & Eamon McAnaney
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN3.com (Sky Cam feed)
  6:30 p.m. National Semifinal (Baltimore, Md.) Game 2:
Maryland vs. No. 5 seed Duke
Sean McDonough, Quint Kessenich & Eamon McAnaney 
ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN3.com (Sky Cam feed)
Mon, May 30 3:30 p.m. National Final (Baltimore, Md.)
Sean McDonough, Quint Kessenich & Eamon McAnaney 
ESPN HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN3.com (Sky Cam feed) / ESPN Mobile
  6 p.m. 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Post Show ESPNU HD
Wed, June 1 9:30 p.m. 2011 SECTOR SPDRS Lacrosse Season Review Show ESPNU HD

For the fifth straight year, ESPN networks combined to televise the complete NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including first-round coverage, plus every game from the quarterfinals through the title game. In 2011, ESPN networks televised more than 40 college regular-season men’s lacrosse games – featuring 32 matchups on ESPNU or ESPN and 12 games plus five simulcasts on ESPN3.com.


Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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