The University of Denver delivered two surprises Sunday night. First, they received the #7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and second, Denver was named the host for two first-round games, including its own first-round matchup. After losing to Georgetown on Saturday in the BIG EAST Championship, Denver was at risk of falling out of the top eight seeds for the national tournament. Instead, Denver will play old ECAC Lacrosse foe, Loyola, at 5:30 pm MT Sunday. #6 seed Notre Dame will play Drexel at 3:00 pm MT Saturday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
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Four sites were selected to host two first-round games apiece as the NCAA finalized the logistics of this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse tournament. Peter Barton will host games Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th
Hofstra and Notre Dame will remain the quarterfinal sites as scheduled before Championship Weekend takes place in East Hartford, CT. There will be no play-in game this season with the Ivy League not sponsoring the sport this year, reducing the field to 16.
The selection was a surprise because host schools were selected to ensure fewer teams have to travel far from campus for the opening round of the tournament. A Denver host site will involve travel for all participants with the exception of Denver. Notre Dame will be traveling to Denver from Indiana while Drexel and Loyola will be traveling from Philadelphia and Baltimore, respectively. It will be the seventh all-time meeting between Denver and Loyola.
The last time the Pioneers hosted any part of the NCAA Tournament was played in Denver was in 2018 when Denver topped Notre Dame 9-7 before Trevor Baptiste’s Pioneers fell 15-13 to TD Ierlan’s Albany Great Danes in the quarterfinals.
Tickets will be issued to family members and offered via a VIP exclusive presale. Unsold tickets will go on sale to the public Tuesday at 12 pm MT. General admission tickets are $20.
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