After three years at Towson University, the Division I women's lacrosse championship will move to the north shore of Long Island in 2011. The NCAA announced Tuesday that Stony Brook will host the event over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 29.
Stony Brook, which added women's lacrosse in 2002 and is coached by former Maryland All-American Allison Comito, will host the event at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, which seats about 8,000. A new FieldTurf surface was installed in the facility this summer.
The women's final four has been held in New York once before, at Syracuse in 2003. Boston University has hosted twice, most recently in 2006.
All other championships have been held in Maryland, Pennsylvania or New Jersey since the national tournament began in 1982.
In 2010, the Division I championship will be held at Towson with the semifinals May 28 and the final May 30. That same weekend, the NCAA men's lacrosse championships will come to M&T Bank Stadium with the Division I semifinals on May 29 and the final on May 31. The men's championship weekend also features the Division II and Division III finals on May 30.
Since 1993, Maryland schools have hosted the women's championships 10 times, with Maryland, Johns Hopkins, UMBC, Loyola, Navy and Towson hosting the event at least once. Towson's three years mark the longest consecutive stint for any one school.
Last year's Division I final, in which Northwestern won its fifth straight title, drew 6,515 announced fans to Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium, the second largest crowd in NCAA women's lacrosse history.