Hopkins-UVA Sets Mark for ESPNU Lax Ratings
Johns Hopkins' 11-10 overtime victory over Virginia last Saturday was the most watched ESPNU lacrosse game among households in history and tied with a 2011 NCAA tournament quarterfinal for most viewers, an ESPN spokesperson confirmed Friday. No specific ratings were released.
While the figures are specific to ESPNU and not the entire ESPN family of networks -- NCAA semifinals and championship games have found a home on ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively, as have occasional regular season games -- they demonstrate a growing TV audience for lacrosse. The game also drew over 7,000 fans at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville.
"I am very glad to hear of this rating for a regular season game," Virginia head coach Dom Starsia told virginiasports.com. "It speaks to the interest in this particular game and to the growth of men's lacrosse nationwide overall. This continues to be an exciting time in our sport."
ESPN coverage of college lacrosse this weekend will include Virginia at Maryland on Saturday and the Big City Classic triple-header at MetLife Stadium featuring Notre Dame-St. John's, Duke-Syracuse and North Carolina-Johns Hopkins.
A look at the remaining regular season and conference tournament lacrosse games on ESPN networks in 2012:
March 31 - Virginia at Maryland - 12 p.m. ESPNU