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The start of Memorial Day weekend can only mean one thing for college lacrosse fans.
It’s Final Four time.
Division I men’s semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia feateure unseeded North Carolina, which defeated two seeded teams to advance, against No. 7 seed Loyola (Md.), at high noon.
Maryland, the No. 1 seed in the championship, will face No. 5 seed Brown at 2:30 p.m.
The winners will play in the national title game on Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m.
All three games will air on ESPN2.
- The trio of Eamon McAnaney (play-by-play), Quint Kessenich (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline reporter/analyst) will be on the call for championship weekend. As former college lacrosse standouts, Kessenich (Johns Hopkins) and Carcaterra (Syracuse) both led their teams to national titles in 1991 and 1995 respectively. McAnaney, a former Notre Dame defenseman, is in his 10th lacrosse season as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN.
- Host Anish Shroff and analyst Ryan Flanagan, a former defenseman who played under Joe Breschi at North Carolina, will provide in-studio coverage of the semifinals.
- Two teams hail from Maryland: top-seeded Maryland is looking to claim a third lacrosse national title in its third consecutive appearance
- Loyola (Md.), in its fourth trip to championship weekend, won its only title in 2012
- North Carolina is making its first appearance in over 20 years and is the only unseeded team among the final four teams; UNC went 16-0 with a national title in 1991
- Brown, in search of the program’s first lacrosse national title, could potentially play without Tewaaraton Award finalist Dylan Molloy due to a foot injury
- Maryland and North Carolina boast both its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs in the 2016 NCAA championships
- Joe Breschi, head coach of the Tar Heels, grabbed the attention of many during his emotional postgame interview with Carcaterra after their quarterfinal win, stating that senior captain Patrick Kelly dedicated the game to Breschi’s 3-year-old son who passed away in 2004.
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