As the lacrosse season begins, men’s college teams across the nation look to make the trip to M&T Bank Stadium for the 2014 National Championship game in Baltimore. With over 12 national championships, between men’s and women’s, the state of Maryland has become a national powerhouse when it comes to the sport of lacrosse, especially at the Division III level. Let’s take a look to see which men’s and women’s programs could make an appearance in the NCAA tournament this coming spring.
The defending national champions, Stevenson University Mustangs, hope to bring yet another national championship to Owings Mills this spring. Coming off of a 9-8 overtime victory over former CAC rival York College in their home opener, the Mustangs traveled to Syracuse, New York to face RIT in the Carrier Dome this past Saturday. This game was a rematch of last year’s national championship game where the Mustangs defeated the Tigers, 16-14. RIT didn’t let history repeat itself as they defeated the Mustangs in a 15-14 overtime victory. Stevenson hopes to hold on to their No. 1 ranking as they face Nazareth, Cortland, Lynchburg, Tufts, Roanoke and in-state rival Salisbury on their way to Baltimore.
The NCAA Lacrosse season has gotten underway and with Maryland having seven Universities playing DI lacrosse this spring there is a chance that one or more end up in Baltimore for the National Championship. With University of Maryland, Towson, Johns Hopkins, Loyola (MD) , Navy, UMBC and Mount Saint Mary’s all fielding DI men’s and women’s teams there is high quality lacrosse being played all across the state. Each school hopes to make it to the NCAA National Championships this year with both being held in Maryland. The Men’s National Championship returns to Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium May 24-26 and the Women’s National Championship returns to Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium May 23-25. Last time Towson hosted the tournament championship game an attendance record was set for a women’s lacrosse match. Make sure you get your tickets soon to hopefully see one of these teams play on Memorial Day Weekend.
DMV Elite has recently announced a new Memorial Day Basketball tournament, the Memorial Amateurs Championship Tournament also known as The MAC. This tournament is designed to attract teams from across the country to compete for national recognition, exposure and bragging rights.
With this being the first year for The MAC, Director Chris Lawson is looking for it to become a big success, “The MAC is building to become the future largest youth amateur event on the East Coast.” With multiple teams coming from the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area and other teams from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania expected to compete for the trophy, DMV Elite is looking to make this a national tournament with top caliber AAU teams.