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
April 1 - Notre Dame vs. St. John's - 1 p.m. ESPN3
April 1 - Duke vs. Syracuse - 4 p.m. ESPNU
April 1 - North Carolina vs. Johns Hopkins - 6:30 p.m. ESPNU
April 6 - Albany vs. Johns Hopkins - 6 p.m. ESPNU
April 7 - Virginia at North Carolina - 12 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3
April 11 - Virginia at Johns Hopkins (women) - 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
April 13 - Duke at Virginia - 6 p.m. ESPNU
April 14 - Rutgers vs. Syracuse - 11 a.m. ESPNU
April 14 - Hofstra at North Carolina - 1:30 p.m. ESPNU
April 14 - Maryland at Johns Hopkins - 6 p.m. ESPNU
April 20 - ACC championship semifinals - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
April 21 - Georgetown at Syracuse - 3 p.m. ESPNU
April 21 - Notre Dame at Villanova - 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
April 22 - ACC championship game - 3 p.m. ESPNU
April 23 - ACC championship game (women) - 7 p.m. ESPNU
April 27 - Virginia vs. Penn - 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
April 27 - Duke at Denver - 10 p.m. ESPNU
April 28 - Syracuse at Notre Dame - 5 p.m. ESPNU
April 28 - Cornell at Princeton - 7 p.m. ESPNU
May 3 - Big East semifinals - 4:30 p.m. ESPNU and 7 p.m. ESPN3
May 4 - Ivy League semifinals - 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ESPN3
May 5 - Big East championship game - 12 p.m. ESPNU
May 5 - Army at Johns Hopkins - 2 p.m. ESPNU
May 6 - America East championship game - 10 a.m. ESPNU
May 6 - Ivy League championship game - 12 p.m. ESPNU