May 19, 2010

Gettysburg Set to Host WD3 Championships

from press release

– For nearly a century and a half, the town of Gettysburg has been recognized as the focal point of one of the greatest battles in one of the greatest wars in American history, and in just a few days the area will once again be invaded as Gettysburg College hosts the NCAA Division II and III Women's Lacrosse Championships at Clark Field.

Four teams each from Division II and III have emerged from the opening rounds of the national tournament to stake a claim as a national champion this Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23. This time around, the "Battle of Gettysburg" won't pit north against south with teams coming from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York, nor will blue and gray be the dominant colors as the eight schools bring buff, blue, white, maroon, gold, orange, crimson, purple, brown, and green to the table.

"We're very excited to have the opportunity to host this very important championship in the NCAA," said Director of Athletics David Wright. "I think it's a strong affirmation that Gettysburg College can put on an event like this and do it extraordinarily well."

It's a semifinal rematch on both sides of the DIII bracket as defending national champion Franklin & Marshall College (16-3) puts its title on the line against 2008 champ and unbeaten Hamilton College (20-0) in Saturday's first game at 11 a.m. Host Gettysburg (18-3) defends its turf against 2009 national runner-up Salisbury University (19-1) in the second semi at 2 p.m. F&M downed Hamilton 16-13 and Salisbury snuck by Gettysburg 11-10 in last season's national tournament.

Three Division II schools return to the semifinals for the second consecutive year in Lock Haven University (16-1), C.W. Post (17-1), and defending champion Adelphi University (17-1). Lock Haven opens the DII semis against 2008 national champion West Chester University (18-1) on Saturday at 5 p.m., with C.W. Post and Adelphi squaring off at 8 p.m.

This is the first national championship event of any kind hosted at Gettysburg College. The school has pulled out all the stops for visiting teams and personnel and has made a barrage of facility upgrades over the past year to ensure the weekend's operation runs as smoothly as possible.

"I think that when people come here and see the hard work that has gone into it - the dedication of the administrators, coaches, and staff," noted Wright, "my anticipation is that the NCAA will be excited enough to want to come back and do this again. I think there will be some long-lasting effects for Gettysburg College and the Gettysburg community as a whole."

Teams will be arriving in Gettysburg Thursday and will practice on Memorial and Clark Fields throughout Friday. All teams have been offered an opportunity to visit the historic Battlefield during the day and will have team pictures taken at their respective state monuments. Friday's festivities close with the Championships Banquet inside the College Union Building Ballroom.

Saturday's semifinals will be broadcast live via webcast by the NCAA. Sunday's championship games, set for noon and 3 p.m., will be shown live on CBS College Sports.

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