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ESPN’s 2016 Division I Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Schedule

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  • Men’s: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Denver Highlights More than 45-Game Slate
  • Men’s: Top 5 Teams Make More than 30 Appearances; More Than 75% of Games Feature Matchup of Ranked Teams
  • Women’s: More than 35 Games; 11 Appearances from Top 6 Teams

 ESPN will present approximately 100 men’s and women’s Division I Lacrosse games in the 2016 season, including the ACC, America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Ten and Ivy League conference championship games, the entire Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship and the semifinals and final of the Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

ESPNU will televise more than 25 men’s division I games in the regular season, beginning this weekend when UMBC travels to Ohio State (Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. ET) and No. 11 North Carolina visits No. 8 John Hopkins (Sunday, Feb 28 at noon).  The network’s industry-leading slate is highlighted by No. 1 Notre Dame hosting No. 2 Denver (Sunday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m.), the first of three top-five matchups scheduled for ESPNU: No. 3 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke (March 26), No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 3 Syracuse (April 2) and No. 5 Duke at No. 1 Notre Dame (April 10). Combined with ESPN3, ESPN offers more than 45 men’s games this season. Highlights:

  • ESPNU: More than 75% of the games scheduled features a matchup of ranked teams
  • 1 Notre Dame: Eight appearances, including five games vs. ranked teams and its regular season finale vs. Army (May 8)
  • Defending Champions: 2 Denver Pioneers will be featured twice: at No. 11 North Carolina (March 5) and the previously mentioned showdown with No. 1 Notre Dame.
  • Conference Championships: ACC (May 1), America East, Big Ten (May 7) and Ivy (May 8) championship games will be aired on ESPNU. The Ivy League’s semifinals will stream on ESPN3 (May 6)
  • Top 5 Teams: Notre Dame, Denver, Syracuse, Maryland and Duke will make more than 30 combined appearances

ESPN will carry more than 35 women’s lacrosse games, including No. 20 Loyola (Md.) at No. 15 John Hopkins (Wed. Feb 24 at 5 p.m.) and No. 17 Stanford at No. 15 John Hopkins (March 23 at 4 p.m.) on ESPNU. Combined with ESPN3, 12 ranked teams will be featured this season, including 11 total appearances by No. 2 Syracuse, No. 5 North Carolina, and No. 6 Notre Dame.  Overall, 17 games feature a ranked team, including 12 games featuring ranked teams facing off, highlighted by No. 2 Syracuse vs. No. 6 Notre Dame (March 26) and vs. No. 5 North Carolina (April 16). The regular season concludes with complete coverage of the Atlantic Sun Tournament  on ESPN3 (May 5-8).

2016 NCAA Championship
ESPN will be the home of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship beginning with the selection show on May 8 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. ESPN will have complete first-round coverage from campus sites, quarterfinal coverage from Providence, R.I. (May 21) and Columbus, Ohio (May 22) then semifinals (May 28) and finals (May 30) from Philadelphia. Complete coverage details will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Commentators
ESPN’s robust coverage is anchored by an accomplished list of commentators across its ESPNU schedule. Analysts include:

  • Quint Kessenich –Two-time winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation’s best goalie when he played for Johns Hopkins
  • Paul Carcaterra – All-American and national champion with the Syracuse Orangemen; played professionally with Major League Lacrosse’s New Jersey Pride and participated in the World Lacrosse Games.
  • Ryan Boyle – Four-time All-American at Princeton, winning the national championship with the Tigers in 2001. Played professionally in both the NLL and MLL, most recently with the Boston Cannons.
  • Matt Ward – Won the Tewaaraton Trophy, was named the most standing player in the Men’s Lacrosse. Championship and won the national championship with Virginia in 2006. A year later, won Rookie of the Year in the MLL playing for the Washington Bayhawks.
  • Ryan Flanagan – Nation’s top defensemen in 2011 while playing at North Carolina; been named a MLL All-Star all five years he has played in the league, currently with the Charlotte Hounds.
  • Mark Dixon – Helped Johns Hopkins reach the national semifinals in 1992 and 1993; current college lacrosse official
  • Sheehan Stanwick Burch: Four-time All American at Georgetown and finalist for the Tewaaraton Award.

Eamon McAnaney, ESPN’s lead play-by-play commentator played lacrosse at Notre Dame. Anish Shroff, Mike Corey, John Brickley, Booker Corrigan and Mark Dixon will also handle play-by-play duties throughout the season

2016 Men’s College Lacrosse Schedule (subject to change; all ESPN3 games are exclusive)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Feb 27 1 p.m. No. 5 Duke at Jacksonville ESPN3
Sun, Feb 28 Noon No. 11 North Carolina at No. 8 Johns Hopkins  ESPNU
  4 p.m. Army at No. 3 Syracuse ESPN3
Tue, Mar 1 7 p.m. Mercer at No. 5 Duke ESPN3
Fri, Mar 4 5:30 p.m. No. 3 Syracuse at No. 10 Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Mar 5 1 p.m. No. 2 Denver at No. 11 North Carolina ESPN3^
  Siena at St. John’s ESPN3
  Princeton at No. 8 Johns Hopkins ESPN3#
Mon, Mar 7 7 p.m. Richmond at No. 5 Duke ESPN3
Sat, Mar 12 Noon No. 4 Maryland at Princeton ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 14 Towson at No. 8 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  4 p.m. St. John’s at No. 3 Syracuse ESPN3
Sun, Mar 13 5:30 p.m. No. 2 Denver at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPNU
Wed, Mar 16 6 p.m. Albany at No. 4 Maryland ESPNU
Sat, Mar 19 Noon Bellarmine at Jacksonville ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 3 Syracuse at No. 8 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 10 Virginia at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPNU
  7 p.m. Richmond at No. 11 North Carolina ESPN3
Tue, Mar 22 7 p.m. Air Force at No. 5 Duke ESPN3
Sat, Mar 26 Noon No. 3 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke ESPNU
  1 p.m. Hofstra at St. John’s ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 11 North Carolina at No. 4 Maryland ESPNU
Sun, Mar 27 1 p.m. No. 8 Johns Hopkins at No. 10 Virginia ESPNU
Fri, Apr 1 6 p.m. No. 11 North Carolina at No. 5 Duke ESPNU
Sat, Apr 2 5 p.m. No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 3 Syracuse ESPNU
Sun, Apr 3 Noon No. 12 Penn State at Ohio State ESPNU
Sat, Apr 9 Noon Marquette at St. John’s ESPN3
  2 p.m. Ohio State at No. 8 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, Apr 10 Noon No. 5 Duke at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 10 Virginia at No. 11 North Carolina ESPNU
Wed, Apr 13 4 p.m. Marquette at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPN3
Sat, Apr 16 4 p.m. No. 11 North Carolina at No. 3 Syracuse ESPN3$
Sun, Apr 17 Noon No. 5 Duke at No. 10 Virginia ESPNU
Wed, Apr 20 7 p.m. Binghamton at No. 3 Syracuse ESPN3
Fri, Apr 22 7 p.m. Marquette at No. 5 Duke ESPN3
Sat, Apr 23 Noon No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 11 North Carolina ESPNU
  1 p.m. Mercer at Jacksonville ESPN3
Fri, Apr 29 6 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Semifinal #1 (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Semifinal #2 (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPNU
Sat, Apr 30 Noon Cornell at Princeton ESPNU
  Air Force at Jacksonville ESPN3
  1 p.m. Georgetown at St. John’s ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 4 Maryland at No. 8 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sun, May 1 Noon ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Final (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPNU
Fri, May 6 5 p.m. Ivy League Lacrosse Semifinal ESPN3
  8 p.m. Ivy League Lacrosse Semifinal ESPN3
Sat, May 7 10 a.m. America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Final (site of highest remaining seed) ESPNU
  1 p.m. Colgate at No. 3 Syracuse ESPN3
  6 p.m. Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament: Final (Baltimore, Md.) ESPNU
Sun, May 8 Noon Ivy League Men’s Championship: Final (Site of team with the best Ivy League record) ESPNU
  Army at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPN3

^ – same-day tape delay on ESPNU (11:30 p.m.)
# – tape delay on ESPNU (Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m.)
$ – tape delay on ESPNU (Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m.)

Schedule subject to change  

2016 Women’s College Lacrosse Schedule (subject to change; all ESPN3 games are exclusive)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Feb 24 5 p.m. No. 20 Loyola (Md.) at No. 15 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Sat, Feb 27 Noon No. 14 Boston College at No. 13 Louisville ESPN3
Sun, Feb 28 Noon Coastal Carolina at Jacksonville ESPN3
Sat, Mar 5 1 p.m. No. 12 Duke at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  2 p.m. No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 13 Louisville ESPN3
Sun, Mar 13 1 p.m. No. 9 Princeton at No. 6 Notre Dame ESPN3
Wed, Mar 23 4 p.m. Saint Mary’s at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 17 Stanford at No. 15 Johns Hopkins ESPNU
Fri, Mar 25 1 p.m. Robert Morris at Detroit ESPN3
Sat, Mar 26 Noon No. 2 Syracuse at No. 6 Notre Dame ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 10 Virginia at No. 12 Duke ESPN3
Wed, Mar 30 4 p.m. Central Michigan at Detroit ESPN3
  6 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 5 North Carolina ESPN3
Fri, Apr 1 5 p.m. Jacksonville at Kennesaw State ESPN3
Sun, Apr 3 1 p.m. Stetson at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  TBD No. 12 Duke at No. 2 Syracuse ESPN3
Sat, Apr 9 Noon No. 14 Boston College at No. 12 Duke ESPN3
  No. 2 Syracuse at Virginia Tech ESPN3
Sun, Apr 10 Noon Old Dominion at Jacksonville ESPN3
Fri, Apr 15 3 p.m. Stetson at Detroit ESPN3
Sat, Apr 16 Noon No. 5 North Carolina at No. 2 Syracuse ESPN3
Sun, Apr 17 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Detroit ESPN3
Mon, Apr 18 4 p.m. No. 11 USC at No. 6 Notre Dame ESPN3
Fri, Apr 22 5 p.m. Central Michigan at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 10 Virginia at Virginia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Apr 23 2 p.m. No. 12 Duke at No. 5 North Carolina ESPN3
Sun, Apr 24 Noon Detroit at Kennesaw State ESPN3
Fri, Apr 29 3 p.m. Old Dominion at Detroit ESPN3
Sun, May 1 1 p.m. Howard at Detroit ESPN3
  Stetson at Jacksonville ESPN3
Thu, May 5 TBD Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Championship: First Round (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPN3
  TBD Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Championship: First Round (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPN3
Fri, May 6 TBD Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Championship: Semifinal (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPN3
  TBD Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Championship: Semifinal (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPN3
Sun, May 8 TBD Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Championship: Final (Kennesaw, Ga.) ESPN3

Schedule subject to change  

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner