Adelphi to Host 2011 NCAA Championships
from press release
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- The NCAA Division II and
III Women's Lacrosse Committee has announced that Adelphi
University will host the 2011 NCAA Division II and III Women's
Lacrosse Championship on Competition Field on May 21 and 22,
"We are extremely honored and excited that the NCAA Division II and III Women's Lacrosse Championship Committee has awarded Adelphi the privilege of hosting the Final Four," Director of Athletics Robert Hartwell stated. "We will use our beautiful new facility and rely on the expertise of the university's entities who will assist in making this championship a first class experience for fans and each student-athlete participating."
Adelphi will host the championship for the first time, becoming the first host for the Division II and III Women's Lacrosse Championship from the state of New York. This will also be the first time in school history that a women's national champion will be crowned on campus. However, Adelphi's former stadium, Stiles Field was the site of two National Championship games, won by the Panthers in 1979 and 1981. "As a committee we felt that Adelphi's new facilities and their dedication to the sport of lacrosse attracted us to the Adelphi site," Kristen Selvage, DII Committee Chair stated.
Adelphi will host six games over two days, with the semifinals of both Division II and III being held on May 21 and the National Title games being played on May 22. A game schedule has not been announced, but Competition Field's lighting system will allow Adelphi the chance to play the championship games in a prime time evening slot. Competition Field also has seating for 1,600 spectators and a press box for game management and press as well as a state of the art scoreboard.
"In 2009, we had a very exciting and successful DII/DIII women's lacrosse championship in Salem, Virginia. With the championships this year being played at Gettysburg College, a Division III institution, it is natural to take it to a Division II university in 2011," Charlyn Robert, DIII Committee Chair explained. "Adelphi is going to be a great host and we expect very supportive crowds with Long Island being such a lacrosse rich area."
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