Monday, February 29, 2016

2016 ESPN Lacrosse Schedule

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.
  • 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)

2016 Men's Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Sat, Feb 271 p.m.No. 5 Duke at Jacksonville ESPN3
Sun, Feb 28NoonNo. 11 North Carolina at No. 8 Johns Hopkins  ESPNU
 4 p.m.Army at No. 3 SyracuseESPN3
Tue, Mar 17 p.m.Mercer at No. 5 DukeESPN3
Fri, Mar 45:30 p.m.No. 3 Syracuse at No. 10 VirginiaESPNU
Sat, Mar 51 p.m.No. 2 Denver at No. 11 North CarolinaESPN3^
  Siena at St. John’sESPN3
  Princeton at No. 8 Johns HopkinsESPN3#
Mon, Mar 77 p.m.Richmond at No. 5 DukeESPN3
Sat, Mar 12NoonNo. 4 Maryland at PrincetonESPNU
 2 p.m.No. 14 Towson at No. 8 Johns HopkinsESPNU
 4 p.m.St. John’s at No. 3 SyracuseESPN3
Sun, Mar 135:30 p.m.No. 2 Denver at No. 1 Notre DameESPNU
Wed, Mar 166 p.m.Albany at No. 4 MarylandESPNU
Sat, Mar 19NoonBellarmine at Jacksonville ESPN3
 4 p.m.No. 3 Syracuse at No. 8 Johns HopkinsESPNU
 6 p.m.No. 10 Virginia at No. 1 Notre DameESPNU
 7 p.m.Richmond at No. 11 North Carolina ESPN3
Tue, Mar 227 p.m.Air Force at No. 5 DukeESPN3
Sat, Mar 26NoonNo. 3 Syracuse at No. 5 DukeESPNU
 1 p.m.Hofstra at St. John’sESPN3
 2 p.m.No. 11 North Carolina at No. 4 MarylandESPNU
Sun, Mar 271 p.m.No. 8 Johns Hopkins at No. 10 VirginiaESPNU
 3 p.m.No. 1 Notre Dame at Ohio StateESPNU
Fri, Apr 16 p.m.No. 11 North Carolina at No. 5 DukeESPNU
Sat, Apr 25 p.m.No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 3 SyracuseESPNU
Sun, Apr 3NoonNo. 12 Penn State at Ohio StateESPNU
Sat, Apr 9NoonMarquette at St. John’sESPN3
 2 p.m.Ohio State at No. 8 Johns HopkinsESPNU
Sun, Apr 10NoonNo. 5 Duke at No. 1 Notre DameESPNU
 2 p.m.No. 10 Virginia at No. 11 North CarolinaESPNU
Wed, Apr 134 p.m.Marquette at No. 1 Notre Dame ESPN3
Sat, Apr 164 p.m.No. 11 North Carolina at No. 3 SyracuseESPN3$
Sun, Apr 17NoonNo. 5 Duke at No. 10 VirginiaESPNU
Wed, Apr 207 p.m.Binghamton at No. 3 SyracuseESPN3
Fri, Apr 227 p.m.Marquette at No. 5 DukeESPN3
Sat, Apr 23NoonNo. 1 Notre Dame at No. 11 North CarolinaESPNU
 1 p.m.Mercer at JacksonvilleESPN3
Fri, Apr 296 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 30NoonCornell at PrincetonESPNU
  Air Force at JacksonvilleESPN3
 1 p.m.Georgetown at St. John’sESPN3
 2 p.m.No. 4 Maryland at No. 8 Johns HopkinsESPNU
Sun, May 1NoonACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Final (Kennesaw, Ga.)ESPNU
Fri, May 65 p.m.Ivy League Lacrosse SemifinalESPN3
 8 p.m.Ivy League Lacrosse SemifinalESPN3
Sat, May 710 a.m.America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Final (site of highest remaining seed)ESPNU
 1 p.m.Colgate at No. 3 SyracuseESPN3
 6 p.m.Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament: Final (Baltimore, Md.)ESPNU
Sun, May 8NoonIvy League Men’s Championship: Final (Site of team with the best Ivy League record)ESPNU
  Army at No. 1 Notre DameESPN3
^ – 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.)