NCAA panel gives JHU nod as host

Final word upcoming for 2001 tournaments

Women's Lacrosse

June 13, 2000|By James Giza | James Giza,SUN STAFF

The NCAA Lacrosse Championship Committee has recommended Johns Hopkins as the host for the 2001 Division I and III women's championships, according to Nicole Manning, assistant director of championships for the NCAA.

The Division I Championships and Competition Cabinet and the Division III Championships Committee will consider the recommendation and could release a decision at the end of the month, Manning said.

The decision to nominate Johns Hopkins was made this past weekend, and Manning contacted Blue Jays coach Janine Tucker with the news.

"I informed Johns Hopkins so that they would be aware of what the committee had decided," Manning said. "But I can't answer as to whether the above governing bodies will accept it."

Tucker was optimistic about the school's chances, saying she was "95 percent sure" that Hopkins would be approverd.

"Isn't that exciting?" Tucker said. "There's a very good chance that we'll get it."

If selected, Hopkins would be host to the semifinals and finals, scheduled for May 18 to May 20, of both tournaments.

This will be the first year that there will be a pure Division I tournament. In previous years, the top Division II squad automatically qualified to compete with the Division I teams, forcing the NCAA to dub it the "national collegiate" tournament.

In the Division II tournament, one of the participating teams will serve as the host for the championships.


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