July 24, 2014

Beninati Joins Big Ten Network for Lacrosse Broadcasts

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

With Maryland having officially joined the Big Ten conference on July 1, the league's broadcast channel – The Big Ten Network – has announced it is adding some Maryland personalities to its announcer lineup, including Joe Beninati as a lacrosse play-by-play voice.

Beninati is a familiar figure in the lacrosse community, having served as play-by-play man on ESPN broadcasts, particularly during the postseason, as well as Major League Lacrosse games and co-host of the annual Tewaaraton Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., where he is the voice of Washington Capitals games for Comcast SportsNet. Beninati recently served as the primary play-by-play voice for ESPN's two-week broadcast of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse championship.

The Big Ten Network's lacrosse schedule has yet to be formally announced, but it will likely include at least one game per week of the league schedule, including the annual Ohio State-Michigan tilt that has aired live on BTN the last two seasons. Beninati will also call some football games this season.

The BTN announced the additions to its announcer lineup, also included former Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien as a game analyst and former Terps linebacker Shawne Merriman in the studio, as part of a press release announcing July 31 as Maryland Day on the network. There will be special programming welcoming the Terps to the conference, including at 1 a.m. Eastern, a replay of the 2014 NCAA NCAA Division I women's lacrosse final between Maryland and Syracuse, a 15-12 win by the Terps.


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