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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on May 7, 2012

Coverage of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Begins Saturday with First-Round Action

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ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to air all 15 tournament games

The 16-team bracket for the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car was unveiled exclusively Sunday on ESPNU with Loyola (Md.) earning the top seed in the field. Tournament play begins with first-round action Saturday, May 12, featuring Syracuse at No. 3 Duke at noon ET on ESPN and ESPN3. The defending national champion, No. 5 Virginia will host Princeton in Sunday’s opening first-round game at 1 p.m., also on ESPN and ESPN3. The remaining first-round games will be shown on ESPNU and ESPN3, highlighted by a match-up between perennial contenders Denver and No. 8 North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

ESPN networks will provide exclusive coverage of all 15 games of the NCAA Championship for the sixth straight year. Coverage will be in high definition across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 beginning Saturday, May 12, and concluding with the national title game on Monday, May 28.

ESPN has assembled some of the top lacrosse commentating teams for this year’s coverage of the NCAA Championship. ESPNU host Anish Shroff will be joined in studio throughout the Championship by analyst Quint Kessenich or Mark Dixon. Paul Rabil, former Johns Hopkins All-American who is widely known as one of the top players in the world, will be joining Shroff and Kessenich in studio on Sunday, May 13.

Early round announce teams include former Tewaaraton Award winner and Virginia attackman Matt Ward, former Brown All-American Jamie Munro, Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon and legendary former Army head coach Jack Emmer. ESPN newcomer this season, three-time Princeton All-American Ryan Boyle will also be part of the game action.

Veteran play-by-play voice Eamon McAnaney will be in the booth for his first championship weekend after spending several years as the sideline reporter. He will be joined by analysts Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra. Carcaterra will provide his analysis from the sidelines.

In 2012 the ESPN networks will air over 400 hours of NCAA Spring Championships coverage, increasing more than 30 hours from 2011. As part of ESPN’s extended rights agreement with the NCAA, spring championship programming highlights seven sports over eight weeks: Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Volleyball, Baseball and Softball. For the first time, ESPN networks will also air the Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Women’s Lacrosse Championships.

ESPN’s Coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network(s)
Sat, May 12 Noon First Round (Koskinen Stadium, Durham, N.C.)
Syracuse at No. 3 Duke
Eamon McAnaney and Paul Carcaterra
ESPN / ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. First Round (Garber Field, Amherst, Mass.)
Colgate at No. 6 Massachusetts
Joe Beninati and Jack Emmer
ESPNU / ESPN3
  5 p.m. First Round (Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.)Canisius at No. 1 Loyola
Mike Corey and Mark Dixon
ESPNU / ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. First Round (Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Denver at No. 8 North Carolina
Eamon McAnaney and Matt Ward
ESPNU / ESPN3
Sun, May 13 1 p.m. First Round (Klockner Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.)
Princeton at No. 5 Virginia
Eamon McAnaney and Paul Carcaterra
ESPN / ESPN3
  3 p.m. First Round (Homewood Field, Baltimore, Md.)
Stony Brook at No. 2 Johns Hopkins
Mike Corey and Mark Dixon
ESPNU / ESPN3
  5:15 p.m. First Round (Arlotta Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind.)
Yale at No. 4 Notre Dame
John Brickley and Jamie Munro
ESPNU / ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. First Round (Ulrich Sports Complex, Bethlehem, Pa.)
Maryland at No. 7 Lehigh
Joe Beninati and Ryan Boyle
ESPNU / ESPN3
Sat, May 19 Noon Quarterfinal Game #1(Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Game #2(Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.)
Eamon McAnaney. Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Sun, May 20 Noon Quarterfinal Game #3(PPL Park, Chester, Pa.)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU / ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Game #4(PPL Park, Chester, Pa.)
Eamon McAnaney,Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra
ESPNU / ESPN3
Sat, May 26 2:30 p.m. Semifinal Game #1 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  5 p.m. Semifinal Game #2(Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2 / ESPN3
Mon, May 28 1 p.m. National Championship (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. NCAA Lacrosse Championship Post Game ShowAnish Shroff & Mark Dixon ESPNU

 

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