Foxborough, Mass. - For the third time in five years, Foxborough will become the center of the lacrosse universe for Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) as Gillette Stadium hosts the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.
In addition to the world's best college lacrosse on display, Gillette Stadium welcomes the NCAA LaxExperience fan festival, a player autograph session, a free youth clinic and youth jamborees. Parking is free for all events and MBTA train service from Boston will also be available each day.
The 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium feature the semi-finals and finals in Division I and the finals in Divisions II and III. The first face-off is Saturday, May 26 at 2:30 p.m. when top-seeded Loyola (Md.) challenges Notre Dame. Third-seeded Duke then meets 2011 national runner-up Maryland at 5 p.m. The semi-finals winners will face off at Gillette Stadium on Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. in the Division I Championship Game. On Sunday, May 27, the champions in Divisions II and III will be crowned when Limestone faces Dowling at 1 p.m. and Salisbury battles Cortland at 4 p.m.
Schedule: * *Saturday, May 26 - Division I semifinals:
Loyola (Md.) vs. Notre Dame (2:30 p.m.)
Duke vs. Maryland (5 p.m.)
Sunday, May 27 - Divisions II and III championships:
Division II: Limestone vs. Dowling (1 p.m.)
Division III: Salisbury vs. Cortland (4 p.m.)
Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. - Division I championship
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday, Sunday or Monday (May 26-28) in addition to the option of purchasing the three-day all-session ticket.
The world's largest annual lacrosse event includes the NCAA LaxExperience fan festival at Gillette Stadium, which will be open to the public each day during the championships. Interactive games for kids and adults will provide an enjoyable experience for all lacrosse fans. For a full schedule of activities, including fan festival hours, visit www.ncaa.com/lacrosse.
Gillette Stadium will host several youth activities over the weekend including a free youth clinic on the Gillette Stadium field at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25. The clinic is open to the first 200 boys and girls ages 10-15. Click here to register. Prior to the youth clinic, teams competing for the NCAA Division II and III championships will host an autograph session at 6:00 p.m.
On Sunday and Monday, May 27 and 28, U9 and U11 jamborees will take place in the Dana-Farber Field House and Gillette Stadium prior to the NCAA championship games. Each participating team will play one mini-game in both facilities. Click here for more information.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will provide pay-as-you-go train service to and from Gillette Stadium for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. Service will originate at South Station, picking up riders at Back Bay and Dedham Corp/Route 128 and traveling to the stadium. Tickets will be $15 per person per day and can be purchased at South Station and Back Bay Station. Riders getting on the train at Dedham Corp/Route 128 will pay on the train. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the station a half hour before train departure from their desired station. The returning train will depart approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the final game or trophy presentation each day. The full train schedule is available at www.gillettestadium.com/directions-and-parking.
Gillette Stadium previously served as the venue for the NCAA championships in 2008 and 2009. Record crowds attended the 2008 Division I championship (48,970) and Division II and III championship games (24,072).