#ACCWLax Boasts Three of Four Teams in #NCAAWLax Semifinals

May 26, 2011

  • The ACC has been represented in every NCAA Women's Lacrosse semifinal round since 1997, the year the league began sponsoring women's lacrosse.
  • In addition, the ACC has sent at least two teams to the semifinals in six of the last nine seasons, and has made up at least 50 percent of the Final Four Women's Lacrosse field on nine occasions.
  • The ACC makes up 75 percent of the Final Four field this year - the third time in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship history that the ACC has sent three of the four final contenders. The league did so in 1998 (Maryland, North Carolina & Virginia) and again the following year in 1999 (Duke, Maryland & Virginia). Both previous times with three ACC teams, Maryland has pulled out as the national victor.
  • Overall, the league makes its 24th, 25th and 26th appearances in the national semifinal contests in 2011.
  • The ACC will make its third consecutive showing in the NCAA Championship game and 13th overall, while a win would give the league its eighth overall national Women's Lacrosse title.


High definition coverage of the 2011 NCAA® Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship will be made available by NCAA.com to select television broadcast outlets, the NCAA and Turner Sports announced today.

The women's lacrosse championship will be fully produced and webcast by NCAA.com. The web stream of the event will be carried on live or delayed basis by the Big Ten Network (BTN), Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS), Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSNMA) and Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE). These networks consistently cover the four teams vying for this week's championship: University of Maryland, College Park; Duke University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Northwestern University.

"Being able to provide the best experience for the student-athletes, and in turn laud their successes, is of utmost importance to the NCAA," said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice-president of championships and alliances. "Showcasing the growing sport of women's lacrosse through NCAA.com previews the future of broadcast convergence while also making the games available through conventional broadcast outlets."

The four camera HD production will include instant replay, NCAA Productions graphics, music and a lower right graphic clock and score bug with NCAA logo. The Play-by-Play Announcer is Ralph Bednarczyk, the Analyst is Sarah Oliphant and the Sideline Reporter is Kara Lentz. The Producer is Steve Clay and the Director is John Servizzi.

The 2010 agreement between the NCAA and Turner Sports enables a number of NCAA championships to be carried exclusively on NCAA.com. With the dramatic increase of production quality Turner has already brought to the new NCAA.com, the ability to provide even more exposure for the student-athletes on the web site is a priority.

Turner Sports and the NCAA agreed the Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship provided the next available opportunity for a multi-platform approach to showcase the championship and tell the student-athlete story. It also continues the high value placed on the importance of the evolving world of broadcast media.

Coverage includes the two semifinal matchups on Friday, May 27 (Maryland vs. Duke at 5 p.m. Eastern time, followed by North Carolina vs. Northwestern at approx. 7:30 p.m. Eastern time) and the championship on Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Broadcast details follow.