Harvard to Host NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals in 2011

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee has selected Harvard and Hofstra to serve as hosts for the 2011 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals.

Harvard will host two quarterfinal games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on May 22, 2011, while Hofstra’s Shaurt Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., will host quarterfinal matchups May 21, 2011.  Two teams will advance from each site to play in the semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., the following weekend.

“Harvard is delighted to have the opportunity to once again to work with Gillette Stadium and serve as host for an NCAA men’s lacrosse event,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s Nichols Family Director of Athletics.  “We look forward to another exciting weekend of lacrosse at Gillette Stadium, as well as the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming NCAA Division I, II and III Championships in 2012.”

“We are pleased to continue to partner with Harvard University to promote championship-level lacrosse to fans throughout New England,” said Dan Murphy, Gillette Stadium vice president for business development and external affairs. “We look forward to hosting the 2011 quarterfinal games and building on the successes of the 2008 and 2009 championships. We are also eager for the championships to return to Gillette Stadium once again in 2012.”

The NCAA previously awarded the 2012 championships to Gillette Stadium and Harvard. The Boston Local Organizing Committee, comprised of Gillette Stadium, Harvard, Massachusetts Sports Partnership (MSP) and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB), will work closely with the lacrosse community, the New England business community and city and state agencies to provide a championship atmosphere that creates memories for each fan and participant.

“Securing the quarterfinal round for the 2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships is a tribute to our relationships that successfully promoted and managed the 2008 and 2009 championships,” said Jonathan Paris, executive director of the Massachusetts Sports Partnership. “Our relationships with the youth, high school and collegiate lacrosse communities will serve as the foundation as we work together to stage yet another exciting college event in Massachusetts.”

Harvard will also serve as host of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, to be held at Gillette Stadium. Last season’s NCAA Division I, II and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships drew a total of 126,673 fans to Gillette Stadium, ranking the event fifth in men’s lacrosse championship attendance history. 

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