ECAC and Harvard Host Attendance Record Setting Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium
Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
Foxborough, Mass. - The NCAA Divisions I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships took place this weekend at Gillette Stadium with the ECAC and Harvard along with the Kraft family and staff serving as hosts. The event set new NCAA outdoor championships and men's lacrosse records for attendance as the weekend drew a total of 145,828 fans.
Monday's Division I championship game between Syracuse and Johns Hopkins also set a new attendance mark with 48,970 fans. Meanwhile, Sunday's Divisions II and III championship games also set attendance records with 24,317 spectators.
In all, the ECAC and Harvard hosted in excess of 300 credentialed media members with all five games being aired live on national television.
The 2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships, consisted of the Division I semifinals and final, the Division II final and the Division III final, marking the farthest north the championships have been held since 1991 when Syracuse University hosted the event.
On Monday, No. 3 Syracuse claimed its ninth Division I men's lacrosse national title with a 13-10 victory over No. 5 Johns Hopkins. The game was shown nationally on ESPN. The Orange defeated No. 2 Virginia, 12-11, in double overtime Saturday to advance to the championship. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, earned its spot in the final with a 10-9 win against top-seeded Duke.
On Sunday, Salisbury (Md.) won the Division III national championship after downing Cortland (N.Y.), 19-13. New York Tech captured supremacy at the Division II level after earning a 16-11 victory against Le Moyne.
Harvard will also host next year's championships, also at Gillette Stadium. Ticket information will be available on NCAA.com.