Women's championships moved to Stevenson over gambling concerns

2013 D-II, D-III

Events had been scheduled for Montclair St. before N.J. betting law was passed

November 29, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

The NCAA Division II and III women's lacrosse committees have selected Stevenson as the new host of the 2013 Division II and Division III championships after they were moved from Montclair State (N.J.) because of a new state law allowing sports wagering on professional and college games.

The semifinals for both divisions will be held Saturday, May 18 with the championship games May 19.

"The Baltimore area is such a hotbed for lacrosse, so going to this area for our championships is such a natural fit," said Susan Hoffman, chairwoman of the Division III Women's Lacrosse Committee and associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at SUNY-Brockport. "We know the staff at Stevenson will make sure it is a tremendous event for everyone involved."

Added Michelle Gober, chairwoman of the Division II Women's Lacrosse Committee and associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Kutztown: "Mustang Stadium is virtually brand-new, so we couldn't ask for a better venue. We are very excited about the potential for it to be one of our best championships ever."

Owings Mills was named to replace Montclair State, which had been scheduled to host the championship. However, on Oct. 15, the NCAA relocated six 2013 championships from New Jersey because of the gambling law.

The NCAA championships sports wagering policy strictly prohibits the conducting of any championship session in a state with legal wagering that is based on single-game betting. This policy is in place to ensure the integrity of the game, provide consistency in awarding NCAA championships and to address concerns for student-athletes' well-being.

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