November 1, 2012

Towson to Host 2014 Division I Women's Final Four

NCAA men's quarterfinals in '14 to Hofstra, Delaware

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

The NCAA Division I women's final will return to Towson for the first time since 2010, when the championship between Northwestern and Maryland drew an all-time record 9,782 fans.
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updated 11.04.2012 at 9.39 a.m.

The 2014 Division I women's lacrosse final four will be held at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium in Baltimore, the NCAA announced Thursday as part of a release naming 73 future championship sites from 2013-2015.

Five men's or women's lacrosse national postseason locations were named.

The 2014 Division II and Division III women's finals will be held in Salem, Va., and Gettysburg, Pa, respectively.

The 2014 Division I men's quarterfinals will be held at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on Long Island and Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

The announcement of the D-I women's semifinals and championship in Baltimore for 2014 aligns with the NCAA D-I women's lacrosse committee's desire to have both the women's and men's championships held in the same city over the same weekend. The NCAA previously said that men's championship weekend would return to Baltimore in 2014.

The NCAA announcement did not specify dates and times for games, but an NCAA spokesperson confirmed to Lacrosse Magazine on Saturday that both the D-I women's semifinals and finals would be played at Towson.

The news of the 2014 D-I women's championship location comes less than two months after Lacrosse Magazine reported that the 2013 D-I women's final four would be played at Villanova Stadium May 24-26 at Villanova Stadium in suburban Philadelphia. This spring's D-I, II and III men's championships will be held May 25-27 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

It will be the first time since 2010 that the Division I men's and women's championships are held in the same city. The women's event was held at Towson and the men's event at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The women's championship game between Northwestern and Maryland in 2010 drew an all-time record of 9,782 fans.

"The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Committee is thrilled that the championship will be making a return to Towson University in 2014," said Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA D-I Women's Lacrosse Committee and senior associate athletic director for internal operations/senior woman administrator at Colgate University. "When Towson University hosted the championship from 2008 to 2010, our student-athletes and fans experienced a first-class event in a vibrant lacrosse community. We are excited that the 2014 Women's Lacrosse Championship will be making a return to that exciting environment."

"While we realize the sport continues to grow, we want to look at those hotbeds where we know lacrosse is popular," NCAA associate director of championships D'Ann Keller told Lacrosse Magazine in September. "You look at the Philadelphia area, Long Island, greater Baltimore. We're going to look for spots where there is great potential for a fan base to support the event."

The NCAA has yet to announce the sites for the 2013 D-II and D-III women's championships, which were pulled out of New Jersey on Oct. 16 because of the NCAA's policy against holding championships in states that allow sports betting on college games, and New Jersey's plans to allow it.

This year's Division I men's quarterfinals will be played at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., and – for the first time – at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, home of the NFL's Colts.

The selections of sites were made by the respective sport committee in each division, then officially approved by the Division I Championships/Sport Management Cabinet, chaired by Jane Miller, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Virginia; the Division II Championships Committee, led by Erin Lind, associate commissioner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference; and the Division III Championships Committee, chaired by Stuart Robinson, athletics director at State University College at New Paltz.


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