With Memorial Day weekend marking the beginning of summer for most people, one of the biggest parties will be at the 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Championship.
As much as the Patriots own Foxborough, the LAX world will invade Gillette Stadium for three days of greatness. Even if you aren’t a lacrosse fan, the action this weekend could be enough to get you hooked.
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When: May 26-May 28
Watch: ESPN, ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Interactive Tournament Bracket: NCAA.com
Saturday, May 26—Division I semifinals
Duke vs. Maryland (2:30 p.m.)
Loyola (Md.) vs. Notre Dame (5 p.m.)
Sunday, May 27—Divisions II and III championships
Division II: Limestone vs. Dowling (1 p.m.)
Division III: Cortland vs. Salisbury (4 p.m.)
Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m.—Division I championship
Breaking Down LAX Final Four
After beating the always tough Syracuse Orange and walking over LAX powerhouse Colgate, the favorite to win it all in 2012 is the Duke Blue Devils. While Maryland has a great offense, Duke is just as skilled.
This semifinal war could be as high scoring as it gets.
The Terps are a perennial lacrosse powerhouse in the NCAA, and their presence in the Final Four is a shock to no one. With an 11-5 record this season, including a win over Duke in their only regular season meeting, the powerful offense of Maryland will give the Blue Devils fits.
The country’s No. 1 overall team is Loyola (Md.), but their road to the National Championship isn’t an easy one. Despite going 16-1 through the season, Loyola will face the toughest test of the year against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish had a great season, going 13-2 and ranking No. 4 in the country. After beating the tough Virginia Cavaliers in the quarterfinals, Notre Dame will face off with arguably the best team in the country.
As tough as Loyola is, they haven’t faced competition like the Irish this season. This should be an epic semifinals matchup.