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Harvard Serves as Host of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium

Harvard Serves as Host of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium

Harvard hosted for the fifth time in 11 years at Gillette Stadium (David Silverman/Gillette Stadium).

FOXBORO, Mass. - The NCAA Divisions I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships took place on Memorial Day Weekend at Gillette Stadium with Harvard, along with the Kraft family and staff, serving as hosts for the fifth time in the last 11 years. The weekend drew a total of 81,269 fans. 

Monday's Division I championship game between Duke and Yale drew 29,455 fans, while Sunday's Division II and III championship games drew 21,198 and the Division I semifinals held 30,616. Harvard hosted nearly 300 credentialed members of the media with three of the five games airing live on national television. 

On Monday, No. 3 Yale captured its first national championship since 1883, and its first NCAA title, defeating No. 4 Duke, 13-11. The game was shown live on ESPN2. The Bulldogs topped No. 2 Albany, 20-11, in the semifinals Saturday, while the Blue Devils took down No. 1 Maryland by a score of 13-8.

On Sunday, Wesleyan won the Division III national championship by defeating Salisbury, 8-6, while Merrimack claimed the Division II crown with a record-breaking 23-6 win over Saint Leo.

Harvard also hosted the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2017 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium, as well as the quarterfinals in 2011.


Attendance Notes

DI National Championship Game Attendance Since 2012:

  1. Foxborough 2012 (30,816)
  2. Foxborough 2018 (29,455)
  3. Foxborough 2017 (28,971)
  4. Philadelphia 2013 (28,224)
  5. Philadelphia 2016 (26,749)
  6. Baltimore 2014 (25,587)
  7. Philadelphia 2015 (24,215) 

DI National Championship Weekend Attendance Since 2012:

  1. Foxborough 2012 (62,590)
  2. Foxborough 2018 (60,071)
  3. Philadelphia 2016 (59,886)
  4. Foxborough 2017 (59,501)
  5. Philadelphia 2013 (56,668)
  6. Baltimore 2014 (56,015)
  7. Philadelphia 2015 (53,338)
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