NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Begins May 11

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NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Begins May 11

  • Commentators Led by Trio of Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra
  • High Point HC Jon Torpey To Join Anish Shroff and Quint Kessenich In-Studio for the First Round
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Title Game to air on ESPNU Sunday May 29; First and Second Rounds, Semifinals Coverage on ESPN3

ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual, beginning with the preliminary round on Wednesday, May 11, from the campus of Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., on ESPN3, followed by first-round action on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday May 15, at eight campus sites across the country. The championship will continue with the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 21 in Providence, R.I., and Sunday, May 22 in Columbus, Ohio, and concluding with the semifinals on Saturday, May 28, and the national title game on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The first-round matchups, announced during Sunday’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Selection Special, will air on ESPNU, with the quarterfinals on ESPNU and ESPN2. The semifinals and title game will air on ESPN2.

ESPN has covered the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship since 2007, and the 2016 season marks the 22nd consecutive year that the network has provided complete coverage of championship weekend.

The top eight seeds will serve as host sites on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, for all first round games and will all air on ESPNU.

Maryland earned the No. 1 overall seed and will host the winner of a preliminary-round game between Quinnipiac and Hartford (May 11, 4 p.m. on ESPN3) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Defending national champions and No. 2 seed Denver will face the winner of the other preliminary-round game between Towson and Hobart at 3 p.m., also on Sunday. No. 4 seed Yale, who won the Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, will take on Navy Sunday at 5:15 p.m. Following that matchup, ACC Champion and No. 8 seed Syracuse will play Albany at 7:30 p.m.

The first round begins Saturday and features matchups between No. 7 Loyola (Md.) and Duke at noon, followed at 2:30 p.m. by North Carolina at No. 6 seed Marquette, which took home the BIG EAST Conference title. No. 5 seed Brown will face Johns Hopkins at 5 p.m., followed by No. 3 seed Notre Dame against Air Force at 7 p.m.

The 18-team field, which includes two preliminary-round games, comes from 10 automatic bids and eight at-large bids. The complete bracket can be seen here.

ESPN’s commentators for the Men’s Lacrosse Championship are led by former college lacrosse standouts Eamon McAnaney (Notre Dame), Quint Kessenich (Johns Hopkins) and Paul Carcaterra (Syracuse). Kessenich and Carcaterra both won national titles with their respective schools.

McAnaney and Carcaterra will be on site for Johns Hopkins/Brown and Navy/Yale, before being joined by Kessenich, who is serving as an in-studio analyst alongside host Anish Shroff for the first rounds. The trio will be in Columbus, Ohio, for the quarterfinals before heading to Philadelphia for championship weekend.

Jon Torpey, head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at High Point, will join Anish and Kessenich in-studio for the first round.

Matt Ward, a former Virginia attackman and recipient of the 2006 Tewaaraton Award, will also be on the call through the quarterfinals, with play-by-play from Chris Cotter during the first-round matchup between Air Force and Notre Dame. Ward will then travel to Providence, R.I. to call the quarterfinals with Mike Corey.

NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship

ESPN will also provide exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, with the semifinals (5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) on Friday, May 27, on ESPN3, followed by the title game on Sunday, May 29, at noon on ESPNU. John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick, a four-time All-American at Georgetown, and Halley Quillinan, a former Syracuse lacrosse standout, will be on site for all the action at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.

Three games in the first and second rounds of the championship will be carried on ESPN3, including Northwestern and Louisville on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will then face No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the second round on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. No. 3 seed North Carolina will take on the winner of Loyola (Md.) and Duke on Sunday, at 1 p.m. A complete bracket can be found here.

espnW will provide coverage through each round of the championship with recaps and features leading up to the title game from Vicki L. Friedman.

Fans can follow all the action on Twitter at @ESPNU and @NCAA_LAX

ESPN Network’s Coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Wed, May 11 4 p.m. Preliminary Round (Hamden, Conn.)
Hartford vs. Quinnipiac
ESPN3
Sat, May 14 Noon First Round (Baltimore, Md.)
Duke vs. No. 7 Loyola (Md.)
Joe Beninati, Ryan Boyle
ESPNU
2:30 p.m. First Round (Milwaukee, Wis.)
North Carolina vs. No. 6 Marquette
John Brickley, Stephen McElduff
ESPNU
5:00 p.m. First Round (Providence, R.I.)
Johns Hopkins vs. No. 5 Brown
Eamon McAnaney, Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. First Round (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Air Force vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
Chris Cotter, Matt Ward
ESPNU
Sun, May 15 12:30 p.m. First Round (College Park, Md.)
Quinnipiac/Hartford vs. No. 1 Maryland
Joe Beninati, Ryan Boyle
ESPNU
3:00 p.m. First Round (Denver)
Towson/Hobart vs. No. 2 Denver
Booker Corrigan, Jamie Munro
ESPNU
5:15 p.m. First Round (New Haven, Conn.)
Navy vs. No. 4 Yale
Eamon McAnaney, Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU
7:30 p.m. First Round (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Albany vs. No. 8 Syracuse
Mike Corey, Mark Dixon
ESPNU
Sat, May 21 Noon Quarterfinal #1 (Providence, R.I.)
Mike Corey, Matt Ward
ESPNU
2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 (Providence, R.I.)
Mike Corey, Matt Ward
ESPNU
Sun, May 22 Noon Quarterfinal #3 (Columbus, Ohio)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #4 (Columbus, Ohio)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Sat, May 28 Noon Semifinal: Game #1 (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
2:30 p.m. Semifinal: Game #2 (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Mon, May 30 1:00 p.m. National Championship (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2

ESPN Network’s Coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (subject to change)

Fri, May 13 7 p.m. First Round (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Northwestern vs. Louisville
ESPN3
Sun, May 15 1 p.m. Second Round (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Loyola/Duke vs. North Carolina
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Second Round (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Northwestern/Louisville vs. Notre Dame
ESPN3
Fri, May 27 5:00 p.m. Semifinal #1 (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick
ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick
ESPN3
Sun, May 29 Noon National Championship (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick, Halley Quillinan
ESPNU

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