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

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as 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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