PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference will formally begin sponsoring the sport of men’s lacrosse beginning in the spring of 2010. The announcement about the Conference adding its 24th sport was made today by Commissioner Michael Tranghese following a unanimous vote by the league’s 16 Directors of Athletics during their recent annual spring meeting.
The seven conference schools that will participate in the newly formed league are Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova. The teams will play a six-game single round-robin regular season schedule. The BIG EAST will apply for an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Championship field.
Syracuse won the 2008 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse national title, the program’s 10th, after earning an at-large bid as a Division I Independent. Notre Dame also garnered a berth into the national tournament as an automatic qualifier from the Great Western Lacrosse League. Currently, Georgetown, Rutgers and St. John’s are part of the ECAC, Providence is a member of the MAAC and Villanova plays in the Colonial Athletic Association.
“We are looking forward to the excitement that men’s lacrosse will bring to the BIG EAST Conference,” said Commissioner Tranghese. “We have schools with established and successful programs, which want to come together and compete under the BIG EAST brand.”
Men’s lacrosse will be the BIG EAST’s 11th men’s sport while the Conference conducts 13 women’s sports.
Villanova women’s lacrosse will also join the BIG EAST effective in the 2009-10 academic year. The Wildcats will become the ninth women’s lacrosse program under the auspices of the BIG EAST Conference – joining Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Syracuse and associate member Loyola (Md.). Cincinnati and Louisville are scheduled to begin competing in the spring of 2009. The Villanova lacrosse program has been a varsity sport since 1990. It was an associate member of the Patriot League from 1999-2006 and has played the last two seasons as a Division I Independent. The Wildcats are led by head coach Jebb Chagan, who just completed his third season at the helm.
“We are excited that our women's lacrosse program will be part of the BIG EAST beginning in 2009-10,” adds Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro. “The BIG EAST is one of the nation's elite lacrosse conferences and our student-athletes and coaches are energized by the challenges and opportunities it presents.”
The format for the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship will remain unchanged with the top four teams in the conference standings selected and seeded according to Conference game-winning percentage at the conclusion of the regular season. The championship semifinals and final are played at a predetermined campus site.
Fans wishing to access information on BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse can do so by visiting www.bigeastlacrosse.com where they will be able to get the latest content on the league’s participating members.
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Looks Like The conference is off to a pretty good start...
Super proud of my Bearcats, excluding the excessive celebration after a sack which ultimately made us give up our first TD of the season on Saturday... We're almost breaking into that Top 25... Then again, don't want to break in too soon and give the boys too much ego before we get in-conference play going... Going to be some great conference contests!
- 'Four different teams from each conference will be selected to participate for the next four years and the format will feature doubleheaders played at two off-campus sites.'
- 'In 2007, West Virginia will take on Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Georgetown will compete against Alabama at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN - both from the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Ala., December 5. The following night, South Carolina will play Providence at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and LSU will take on Villanova at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa.'
Now is it just me or is Nova playing at Wachovia not really following the spirit of "Off-campus" since Nova plays a chunk of it's home schedule there?
Congratulations to the 10 Men's teams that earned post season bids (6 NCAA and 4 NIT) and to the 10 Women's teams that earned post season bids. (8 NCAA and 2 WNIT) 6 School got bids for both of their squads.
Here's a handy Big East First Round Schedule for you:
Men's NCAA: (All on CBS, check listings)
South Region: #6 Louisville v #11 Stanford (3/15 @ Lexington, KY, 12:40pm) East Region: #2 Georgetown v #15 Belmont (3/15 @ Winston Salem, NC, 2:45pm) East Region: #8 Marquette v #9 Michigan St (3/15 @ Winston Salem, NC, 7:20pm) West Region: #3 Pittsburgh v #14 Wright St (3/15 @ Buffalo, NY, 9:30pm) Midwest Region: #6 Notre Dame v #11 Winthrop (3/16 @ Spokane, WA, 2:35pm) West Region: #8 Kentucky v #9 Villanova (3/16 @ Chicago, IL, 9:30pm)
Men's NIT: West Virginia Bracket: #1 West Virginia v #8 Delaware St (3/13, 7pm) Clemson Bracket: #2 Syracuse v #7 South Alabama (3/14, ESPN, 7pm) Mississippi St Bracket: #4 Bradley v #5 Providence (3/14, 8pm) Air Force Bracket: #3 DePaul v #6 Hofstra (3/14, 8:30pm)
Women's NCAA: (All on ESPN Family, Check listings) Dayton Region: #6 Marquette v #11 Louisiana-Lafayette (3/17 @ Austin, TX, 2:30pm) Dallas Region: #7 Georgia Tech v #10 DePaul (3/17 @ Minneapolis, MN, 8pm) Fresno Region: #6 Xavier v #11 West Virginia (3/17, @ Austin, TX, 8pm) Greensboro Region: #6 Louisville v #11 BYU (3/17, @ Los Angeles, CA, 8pm) Dallas Region: #8 Cal v #9 Notre Dame (3/18 @ Pittsburgh, PA, 12pm) Dayton Region: #8 Pittsburgh v #9 James Madison (3/18, @ Pittsburgh, PA, 9pm) Fresno Region: #1 Connecticut v #16 Maryland-Baltimore County (3/18, @ Hartford, CT, 9pm) Greensboro Region: #4 Rutgers v #13 Eastern Carolina (3/18, @ East Lansing, MI, 9pm)
WNIT: Dartmouth v Seton Hall (3/15, TBD) TBD v South Florida (1st Round Bye)
NIT Updates will be following all March 14th Games. WNIT updates will be following all March 15th games. All NCAA updates will be following each day of tournament action on both the Men's and Women's sides.
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