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ESPN Announces 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Semifinals Coverage

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ESPN Announces 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Semifinals Coverage

Top-seeded Duke leads the field for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Presented by Northwestern Mutual - set to air on ESPN networks Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26, from M&T Stadium in Baltimore. The semifinals will be shown on ESPN2 and WatchESPN as No. 1 Seed Duke faces No. 5 Denver at 1 p.m. ET, followed by No. 6 Seed Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Maryland at 3:30 p.m. The 2014 season will culminate with the National Championship Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN

The National Championship will also air on ESPNU via The Spider Cam feed - an alternate viewing fan experience that is integrated into the traditional telecast.

ESPN has covered 31 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships since 1980 and 2014 marks the 20th consecutive year of televising the championship weekend games.

Game Features

· Continuation of the postseason theme "Band Together or Go Home", which focuses on the bonds a team develops throughout a season and its importance to their success, particularly in the tournament.

· ESPN Front Row took an inside look at the SC Featured piece on Albany's Thompson Trio (http://bit.ly/AlbanyLAX) that will air beginning on Sunday's 10 a.m. edition of SportsCenter and former Virginia men's lacrosse player Jay Jalbert's open for ESPN's NCAA Championship coverage (http://bit.ly/1lQMRCq).

· A wireless radio frequency camera will be mounted in the goals to provide a unique perspective from behind the goaltender.

· Microphones will be worn by all three game officials during the semifinals and championship, providing on-field dialogue throughout the telecast with periodic switches to each official.

· Additional microphones will be mounted on the goals and on-field audio will also be present.

· The telecast will use 13 cameras, including The Spider Cam and the High SPEED Nac Camera (SSMO).

· Stories ESPN will be tracking include: Denver coach Bill Tierney has amassed an impressive resume in his 27 years of coaching and has the Pioneers sporting the No. 3 defense in the nation; Duke has the No. 2 offense nationally and is powered by Myles Jones; Notre Dame is playing well down the stretch and is driven by Matt Kavanagh; and Maryland's Mike Chanenhuk is the team leader.

Commentators

ESPN's top lacrosse commentating team will again be in position for championship weekend.

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