What We’re Watching: NCAA Championship Weekend

College Lacrosse’s most important weekend is finally here. The weekend where young men and women will have the opportunity to hoist the National Championship trophy and be the last team standing. This is lacrosse’s Super Bowl as it is featured national TV on the main ESPN channels with slow mo replays and the best teams in the country going head to head. The 2019 Championship Weekend has the potential to be one of the most memorable ever as there are teams looking for their first ever National Championships, a plethora of interesting storylines, and players scoring highlight reel goals like never before. These are Semifinal and Championship games that will be watching this Memorial Day Weekend.

Friday 5/24

Boston College vs North Carolina
ESPN3 at 5 pm

Boston College’s Sam Apuzzo and Kenzie Kent both have an amazing 117 points as the Eagles were dominant all season. Who did BC’s one loss in the regular season come against? None other than North Carolina. BC will have to get by a talented UNC if they want another chance at winning their first National Championship.

Maryland vs Northwestern
ESPN3 at 7:30 pm

Two of the best programs in Women’s Lacrosse history will face off once again to try and get back to the National Championship. Maryland’s talented seniors will be up against Northwestern who they beat convincingly during the regular season, but fell to in the Big Ten Championship game just a few weeks ago.

Saturday 5/25

Duke vs Virginia
ESPN2 at 12 pm

Duke returns to the Final Four after losing in the National Championship last season and is poised to make it back as they have been money in the playoffs so far. However, the Blue Devils run into Virginia who seem to have divine intervention on their side as they have gotten some lucky bounces go their way on their journey to the Final Four. Duke’s Joe Robertson and Virginia’s Matt Moore were the heroes in overtime for both teams last weekend. Who will be the hero that sends their team to the championship this week?

Penn State vs Yale
ESPN2 at 2:30 pm

Penn State and Yale played earlier this season in one of the best games of the season on February 23 that Yale won 14-13. That was the Nittany Lions only loss of the season. Three months have passed since then and this time they are playing with a trip to the National Championship being the prize for the winner. Can Yale contain Penn State’s explosive offense and Tewaaraton Nominee Grant Ament? Will Penn State be able to do anything to limit Tewaaraton Nominee TD Ierlan at the faceoff X? Do not miss this game because it has the potential to be one of the best Semifinal games ever played.

Sunday 5/26

D2 Men’s National Championship

Limestone vs Merrimack
NCAA.com at 1 pm

Merrimack is back in the Division 2 National Championship in their last year as a D2 team as they will be reclassified as Division 1 starting next season. Merrimack would love to go out with a bang, but Limestone is ready to crash their party. Limestone is no stranger to Championship weekend as they won it all in 2014, 2015, and 2017. Get ready for a battle of two of D2’s best.

D3 Men’s National Championship

Amherst vs Cabrini
NCAA.com at 4 pm

There will be a new D3 National Champion as Amherst and Cabrini both made their way past the traditional D3 champions like Tufts and Salisbury to get to the final game. Amherst will be lead by D3 Player of the Year Evan Wolf as they will have to contend with this Cabrini squad that will essentially be playing a home game as they are located less than an hour away from Lincoln Financial Field. Who will the newest D3 Champion be?

Memorial Day Monday 5/27

D1 Women’s National Championship

TBD at 12 pm on ESPNU

D1 Men’s National Championship

TBD at 1 pm on ESPN2

Will Penn State win their first National Championship? Will Yale repeat? Can Duke continue their decade of dominance? Will Virginia make the most of their lucky breaks?

Whichever D1 men’s teams make it to the National Championship on Memorial Day, we will be in for the last note of a 2019 season that included upset after upset and jaw dropping highlights every weekend. The 2019 college lacrosse season exposed more people to the sport than ever before as we will begin a new decade of lacrosse in 2020 that we can only hope will be the best one yet.

We cannot wait to watch who will be crowned champions across all divisions this weekend and have their names carved into college lacrosse history.

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