MASN to televise 14 NCAA lacrosse games

SPORTS DIGEST

February 22, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT

The television exposure of NCAA men's and women's lacrosse took another step forward yesterday, when the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announced that it will televise 14 games in 2007, including all four quarterfinal contests in the men's tournament.

Starting with Sunday's game between the visiting Towson men's team and Loyola at noon, followed by the women's game between Loyola and visiting Hofstra, MASN will show at least one game a week in March, including a men's-women's doubleheader pitting Syracuse against host Georgetown on March 10.

Ten of the games will be shown live, including both men's quarterfinal events on May 19. The May 20 quarterfinals will be televised on a tape-delay basis.

MASN follows ESPN, which has increased its involvement with NCAA lacrosse in recent years and is scheduled to show 37 men's and women's games, including a dozen NCAA men's tournament matchups on ESPNU. ESPN2 again will televise the Division I semifinals, which will be May 26 at M&T Bank Stadium. The national title game will be televised from the home of the Ravens by ESPN on May 28.

Last year, ESPNU announced an agreement with Johns Hopkins through 2009. It calls for national exclusive, multimedia coverage of all Blue Jays regular-season men's home games and select women's home games on the 24-hour college sports network.

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