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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

championship_lacrosse-m_di-LogoThe NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships start today.

We are happy campers.

All of the tournament games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks which makes us even happier.

The complete tournament bracket can be seen here but the schedule of games for this weekend is:

    First Round: Cornell vs. Albany Ithaca, NY May 9 at Noon ET
    First Round: Maryland vs. Yale College Park, Md. May 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET
    First Round: Notre Dame vs. Towson South Bend, In. May 9 at 5 p.m. ET
    First Round: Duke vs. Ohio State Durham, NC May 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET
    First Round: Virginia vs. Johns Hopkins Charlottesville, Va. May 10 at 1 p.m. ET
    First Round: Denver vs. Brown Denver May 10 at 3 p.m. ET
    First Round: North Carolina vs. Colgate Chapel Hill, NC May 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET
    First Round: Syracuse vs. Marist Syracuse, NY May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET

If there is a first round “upset,” we think that Hopkins may knock off Virginia. The Wahoos have not been playing well as they were early in the season and Hopkins has found a new gear after being forced to play with a sense of desperation just to make the tournament.

The tournament concludes on Memorial Day weekend with the semi finals on Saturday May 23 and the finals on Monday, May 25th up in Philadelphia.

In related lacrosse news, a new sports network devoted solely to lacrosse will begin in January 2016:

Always popular because of its proud tradition, endurance, and athleticism; lacrosse, America’s fastest growing sport, is about to experience a game changer. Beginning in January 5, 2016, lacrosse fans will experience North America’s oldest game through the digital lens of a live streaming media network. Lax Sports Network will offer live and video-on-demand (VOD) access to the devote lacrosse fan across multiple video viewing platforms.

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The network will deliver thousands of hours of original programming development, including live professional, collegiate and amateur games; news & information; instructional videos; and customized content. It’s not just a sports network, it’s an “all-laxess” network.

Lax Sports Network will emerge through pioneering technology and facilities optimized across all interactive platforms associated with mobile, tablet, web, and over-the-top application (OTT). The network will activate primarily from a subscription-based model for its live programming origination. There will be “freemium” on-demand access and targeted sponsorship and advertising opportunities, as well. Business development and operations will be based in Boston, Massachusetts.

It’s a good time to be a lacrosse fan.



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