College Sports Update – May 22

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College Sports Update – May 22



Men’s Lacrosse: 2012 NCAA Division I Championship Semifinals Set
The last four teams remain as the field is set for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car championship weekend – Saturday and Monday from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The semifinals commence Saturday (ESPN2 & ESPN3) with No. 4 Notre Dame facing top-seeded Loyola (Md.) at 2:30 p.m. ET and Maryland against No. 3 Duke at 5 p.m. The 2012 season will culminate with the National Championship Monday at 1 p.m. (ESPN & ESPN3). Full Details

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Women’s Lacrosse: 2012 NCAA Division I Championship Set to Air for First Time on ESPN Networks
The NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Enterprise Rent-a-Car field has been whittled down from the original 16 teams with the top four seeds advancing to the semifinals, which will be shown on ESPN3, Friday from Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. In its third-year as a Division I program, top-seeded Florida will face No. 4 Syracuse at 5:30 p.m. ET, followed at 8 p.m. by No. 3 Maryland, the 2010 National Champion, against No. 2 Northwestern, the winner of six of the last seven national titles.

The National Championship game will air Sunday at 8 p.m. (ESPNU & ESPN3). ESPN3 will also have full coverage of the postgame celebration, trophy presentation and net cutting. Full Details

Baseball: Nine Conference Championships
ESPN’s regular-season action will conclude this weekend with nine conference championships over two days across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Sunday will be highlighted by an ESPN2 doubleheader beginning with the ACC at noon followed by the SEC at 3:30 p.m.

ESPNU will televise the selection of the 64 teams participating in the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Monday at noon. Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) will host the one-hour program with analysts Kyle Peterson (@KP_Omaha) and Ben McDonald.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, May 26 1 p.m. Atlantic Sun Championship – Game 1 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Big South Championship ESPN3
  4 p.m. Atlantic Sun Championship – Game 2 (if necessary) ESPN3
  2 or 6 p.m. Southland Championship ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri Valley Championship ESPN3
Sun, May 27 Noon ACC Baseball Championship ESPN2 / ESPN3
  Noon BIG EAST Baseball Championship ESPNU / ESPN3
  2 p.m. Southern Conference Championship ESPN3
  2 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship ESPN2 / ESPN3


Softball: Super Regionals Continue on ESPN Networks
For the fifth straight year, ESPN will carry every game from all eight NCAA Division I Softball Championship Super Regional sites, beginning with Michigan vs. No. 2 Alabama from Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday at 8 p.m. (ESPN2 & ESPN3). Eleven of the top 16 seeds remain in the field and six of the eight matchups in the Super Regional series feature teams seeded No. 1. Super Regionals Schedule and Full WCWS Details.

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College Football Live Roundtable Concludes this Week; ESPNU to Air Two-Hour Special Thursday
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ESPN’s daily, half-hour College Football Live program (3:30 p.m., ESPN) will continue with its roundtable-style review of its preseason Top 20 with the final schools: No. 4 Oregon (Tuesday), No. 3 Alabama (Wednesday), No. 2 LSU (Thursday) and No. 1 USC (Friday).

ESPN analysts Todd Blackledge (@TasteofTownTodd), Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward), Jesse Palmer, David Pollack (@DavidPollack47) and Robert Smith, along with college football reporter Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach), weigh in on each team’s strength of schedule, incoming freshman and returning players, as well as a hard look at conference play. Additional segments will appear on SportsCenter and

This week’s College Football Live features analysts Andre Ware and Ed Cunningham, while next week analyst Jesse Palmer joins the show.

ESPNU will air all 20 war-room debates on Thursday at 7 p.m., in the College Football Live Special: Top 20 Countdown.

ESPN’s College Football Live preseason Top 20 poll results:
1. USC
2. LSU
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. South Carolina
9. Arkansas
10. Michigan
11. West Virginia
12. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
14. TCU
15. Stanford
16. Wisconsin
17. Nebraska
18. Clemson
19. Virginia Tech
20. Ohio State

Follow on Twitter: @CFBLive and @ESPNU


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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