LILacrossenews.com, Posted 5/20/12
From Press Release
The pairings for the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, to be held Friday, May 25, at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on the campus of Stony Brook University, as the top four seeds in the 16-team tournament held serve. No. 1 Florida will match up with No. 4 Syracuse in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m., and No. 2 Northwestern will face No. 3 Maryland in the nightcap at 8 p.m. Both semifinals will be carried on ESPN3. The winners of the semifinals will meet in the national championship game Sunday, May 27, at 8 p.m, live on ESPNU.
All-session passes and individual game tickets for the semifinals and national championship game are on sale through the Stony Brook Athletics ticket office by calling (631) 632-4513 or logging on to GoSeawolves.org/tickets. Tickets start at just $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. All-session tickets, which include entry into all three games at LaValle Stadium, are $20 for adults and $18 for children ages 12 and under.
No. 1 Florida is only in its third season as a varsity program, but has already made a major impact in women’s lacrosse. Led by head coach Amanda O’Leary, the Gators are 19-2 this season and won both the American Lacrosse Conference regular season and tournament championships. Florida, who is riding a 15-game winning streak, dispatched Albany and Penn State in the NCAA first round and quarterfinals, respectively, to reach Stony Brook.
No. 2 Northwestern is the defending national champion and has won six of the last seven titles, creating a dynasty under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. The Wildcats are 19-2 this season and began the year on a 14-game winning streak. NU’s only two losses this season were to top-ranked Florida as the Wildcats were runner-up in the ALC regular season and conference tournament. Northwestern knocked off Notre Dame and Duke in the first two NCAA rounds to advance to the semifinals.
No. 3 Maryland was runner-up to Northwestern in last year’s championship and won the national championship in 2010. Under head coach Cathy Reese, the Terrapins are 19-3 this season and have won eight straight games. They captured the ACC Tournament crown for the fourth consecutive season after finishing tied for second in the regular season. Maryland topped Massachusetts and Loyola (MD) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament to advance to Long Island.
No. 4 Syracuse makes its third final four appearance in the last five years under head coach Gary Gait. The Orange are 18-3 this season and rolled through the BIG EAST regular season before suffering an upset to Loyola (MD) in the BIG EAST Tournament title game. Syracuse is one of only two teams this season to have defeated Florida and will look to do it again to advance to its first-ever national championship game. The Orange defeated Dartmouth and North Carolina in the first round and quarterfinals, respectively, to reach LaValle Stadium.
This is the second consecutive year that LaValle Stadium will play host to the national championship. In 2011, a near-record crowd witnessed Northwestern defeat Maryland to win its sixth national championship. The title game crowd of 8,011 was the second largest to ever witness an NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship game. Combined with the US Lacrosse National Tournament, over 20,000 people visited the Three Village community last year, providing a boost in local business revenue. Last year, hotel revenue from the four participating teams alone generated over $100,000.
The championship will serve as a homecoming for many of the participating student-athletes. Each of the four teams has at least one student-athlete from Nassau or Suffolk County, led by Northwestern’s nine local players, including West Babylon’s Shannon Smith, who was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player last season. In total, there are 20 student-athletes with Long Island roots playing in this year’s semifinals.
Among the fan amenities available during the weekend are an autograph session with student-athletes from all four participating teams on Friday, May 25 and an opportunity to rent tents adjacent to the stadium for picnicking and tailgating.
For more information on all events throughout the 2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship at Stony Brook University, visit GoSeawolves.org.
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