Now that fall ball is over, it’s time to look ahead to the NCAA lacrosse season! It all culminates in both the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse and NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships. For those that want to attend, we’re here asking the important question, “Where is the NCAA lacrosse championship?”
We’ve compiled some info on the locations of the NCAA men’s championships, as well as the locations for the women’s championships.
Where Is The NCAA Lacrosse Championship?
2020 NCAA Lacrosse Championships
It’s obviously way too early to tell who is going to be in this year’s tournament. There are the usual suspects who are likely to be in the tournament. On the men’s side, see Yale, Virginia, Maryland, but there are certainly other programs that could make a splash this year. For the women, Maryland is looking to reload, while Boston College and other tournament teams like North Carolina are hoping to hoist the trophy come time for the championship. So, where are the 2020 NCAA lacrosse championships held?
Men’s Division I, II, III
The 2020 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Quarterfinals are going to be held in both James H. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York, hosted by Hofstra, on May 16-17, 2020, and in Brown Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island, hosted by Brown, on May 16-17. The Division II and Division III quarterfinals and semifinals are typically held at the stadium of the home team in the playoffs, or the team with the higher seed.
James H. Shuart Stadium originally opened at Hofstra University in 1963 and was originally named Hofstra Stadium. The facility was renamed James H. Shuart Stadium in August 2002. It hosts the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams for Hofstra University. The stadium has hosted previous NCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinals, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse first-round games in the tournament. The stadium has also hosted conference championships, the Long Island All-Star Football Game, Major League Lacrosse‘s Long Island Lizards, as well as various Long Island high school and New York state championship games, in addition to the Long Island Rough Riders of professional soccer’s A-league. The stadium seats 13,000 people and currently sports FieldTurf that was installed in 2007. James H. Shuart stadium currently hold the record for the third-most attended game in men’s lacrosse quarterfinal history. Navy holds the record for the most-attended NCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinal game with 17,017 people in attendance in 2008, while Gillette Stadium was home to the second-most attended quarterfinal game with 14,122 fans attending the festivities. Hofstra has competed twice in this stadium at the men’s quarterfinals — in 1999 against Johns Hopkins and again in 2001 against Syracuse.
Brown Stadium was dedicated in 1925 as Brown University Field. The stadium underwent a major renovation in 1988 to restore and waterproof the concrete as well as repaint the facility. A new home team locker room was added in 1991 along with a reception room. The stadium’s current capacity is 20,000 people, although the most people that have ever attended a game there was 33,000 fans watching Brown take on Colgate on Thanksgiving in 1932 that had portable bleachers brought into the stadium. It’s an all-grass stadium, a growing rarity in college sports today. The stadium is home to the football and outdoor track and field teams. In addition to hosting the 1976 and 1985 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships and two of the 2016 NCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinal games, Brown Stadium has also seen controversial football figure Joe Paterno play in the stadium for the Brown football team, as well as former NFL stars such as Don Colo of the Cleveland Browns and Steve Jordan of the Minnesota Vikings.
The 2020 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be held again in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Lincoln Financial Field, hosted by Drexel, on May 23-25 over Memorial Day Weekend. The Division I semifinals are played on the Saturday of that weekend, while the Division II and Division III championships are played on that Sunday. The Division I championship is then played on Monday, or Memorial Day.
Lincoln Financial Field is home to the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, as well as the Temple University Owls football team. It is a part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, and hosts just under 70,000 fans at 69,176 people. Construction was finished on the field in 2003, and (fun fact) contains double the number of luxury and wheelchair-accessible seats compared to the prior home field of the Eagles. Want another fun fact? 2013 was the fourth year in a row that the stadium made the top of PETA’s list of “Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums”. The Army – Navy football game is frequently played at the stadium due to its location as a halfway point in between both institutions. The stadium has hosted numerous NFL Wild Card, Divisional and Championship games throughout the years. Lincoln Financial Field (also known as “The Linc”) hosted the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2019.
Women’s Division I, II, III
The 2020 NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse Quarterfinals are held at the field of the home team, or higher seed. The semifinals and championship game will be held at Homewood Field — the location of last year’s championship — on May 22 & 24, and will be hosted by Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. The Division II and Division III quarterfinals and semifinals are also typically held at the field of the home team. The 2020 NCAA Women’s Division II Lacrosse Championship will be held at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the 2020 NCAA DII Championship Festival. The 2020 NCAA Women’s Division III Lacrosse Championship will also beheld at Homewood Field, May 23-24, and will be hosted by both Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Athletics.
Homewood Field, home of the 2020 NCAA Women’s Division I and Division III championships, is the legendary lacrosse field of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. The stadium was built in 1906 and has a seating capacity of 8,500 people. The stadium is right next to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is a pretty neat feature of one of college lacrosse’s most iconic venues. The stadium hosts the university’s football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams. The 1975 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Championship was held at Homewood, and served as the home field for the Baltimore Bayhawks for the 2001 and 2003 Major League Lacrosse seasons. It also hosted the 2016 Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament. The Premier Lacrosse League also hosted a weekend of games in its inaugural season at Homewood Field.
Harlen C. Hunter Stadium was originally built in 1976 by the St. Louis Cardinals NFL team as a training camp location. The stadium was renovated in 1988, when it was named after Dr. Harlen C. Hunter, who founded the St. Louis Orthopedic Sports Clinic and made monetary contributions for upgrades of the stadium. The stadium seats 7,450 people, and is home to the Lindenwood football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse and rugby teams. The stadium underwent renovations in 2004 and in 2009, when a new two-story press box and luxury boxes were put in, as well as a new field service called Enviroturf. Harlen C. Hunter Stadium has hosted NAIA National Football Championship playoff games in 2004, 2008 and 2010, in addition to the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Championship in 2001 and 2002. The St. Louis Rams have also held preseason games at the stadium in 2000, 2009 and 2010.
2021 & 2022 NCAA Lacrosse Championships
NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships
The 2021 NCAA Men’s Division I Quarterfinals will be held in two locations. James H. Shuart Stadium will again host two quarterfinal games, while the second location will be Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame Stadium, or “The House That Rockne Built” is the infamous college stadium that hosts the Notre Dame football team. James H. Shuart Stadium will also host two games of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Division II Quarterfinals, while Ohio Stadium — the football stadium for Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio — will host the remaining two quarterfinal games for that year. Ohio Stadium has a seating capacity of over 100,000 seats, and has hosted Major League Soccer games, as well as concerts of music legends such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, U2, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.
The 2021 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut May 29-31, 2021. This will include Men’s Division I semifinals, and Men’s Division I, II and III championship games. The site will also host the 2022 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Rentschler Field is the home of the University of Connecticut football team, and has hosted numerous high-profile soccer games over the years.
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships
The 2021 NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse Championship will be held at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland, which is the home of the Towson University football, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track and field and cross country teams. The stadium is named after Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas. The 2022 NCAA Women’s Division II Lacrosse Championship will return to Homewood Field.
The 2021 NCAA Women’s Division II Lacrosse Championship will be held at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia. Donald J. Kerr Stadium was built in 2006 on the campus of Roanoke College, and is home to the men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. The stadium has hosted the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Final Fours and will host the 2017 Division III Women’s Lacrosse Final Four. The 2022 NCAA Women’s Division II Lacrosse Championship will return to Harlen C. Hunter Stadium.
The 2021 NCAA Women’s Division III Lacrosse Championship and the 2022 NCAA Women’s Division III Lacrosse Championship will be held at Kerr Stadium.
2019 NCAA Lacrosse Championship
Men’s Division I, II, III
The 2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships were held May 25-27, and saw Virginia capture its sixth national championship in Division I, while Yale University made its second championship game appearance after having won the 2018 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse Championship. Four teams made the 2019 tournament from the ACC (Duke, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia), the most of any conference, while three teams came from the Big Ten (Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Penn State), two from the Ivy League (Penn, Yale), two from the Patriot League (Army, Loyola), one from the America East (UMBC), one from the Big East (Georgetown), one from the CAA (Towson), one from the MAAC (Marist), one from the Northeast (Robert Morris) and one from the Southern (Richmond). Penn State, Yale, Virginia and Duke entered the 2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals, with Yale defeating Penn State 21-17 and Virginia beating Duke 13-12 in double overtime. That game was the second overtime victory for the Cavaliers, out of the five overtime games that were played during the Division I tournament.
Women’s Division I, II, III
The University of Maryland won their 14th Division I national championship — the most of any lacrosse team, men’s or women’s at any division— as they defeated the Boston College Eagles 12-10. This was head coach Cathy Reese’s fifth national championship at the helm of the ‘Terps.
Adelphi picked up another national title at the Division II level, their ninth in 10 attempts over West Chester by a score of 11-5 at GVSU Lacrosse Stadium in Allendale, Michigan. Kole Pollock had four goals in the win.
Middlebury won the Division III national championship as they defeated Salisbury, 14-9, in Ashland, Virginia. This was Middlebury’s seventh NCAA Division III national title for the women’s lacrosse team, and its second title in four years.