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
ESPN has covered 31 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships since 1980 and 2014 marks the 20th consecutive year of televising the championship weekend games.
· 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.
· 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.
ESPN's top lacrosse commentating team will again be in position for championship weekend.