Sept. 27, 2012
America East Release
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium has been selected to host the 2013 and 2014 America East Men's Lacrosse Championship, the conference announced Thursday after the member institution's athletic directors voted on the tournament's location earlier in the morning.
The 2013 America East Championship will commence with the semifinals on Thursday, May 2 and conclude with the title game on Saturday, May 4. The final will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 10 a.m.
"We are thrilled and honored to serve as the 2013 and 2014 host of the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship at one of the premier lacrosse venues in the country," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "Stony Brook has a rich tradition of excellence in lacrosse, and fans of the sport here on Long Island have embraced Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium as the destination for championship men's and women's lacrosse. We are excited that Stony Brook University continues to be highly regarded as a host for championship events, and we look forward to partnering with America East to produce a first-class tournament for all participants."
“Predetermining the site for our men’s lacrosse championship enhances our ability to put on a first-class tournament and Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium is the ideal place to hold it,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “As the popularity of lacrosse continues to explode, the time is right to further expose our high level programs and grow America East’s lacrosse brand by creating a destination and atmosphere that will excite fans everywhere."
Stony Brook has become a premier destination for championship men's & women's lacrosse, having previously served as host of numerous high-profile championships. Stony Brook was awarded and successfully served as host to the 2006 and 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals. The 2010 quarterfinals saw a sold-out, standing room only crowd of 10,024 fans watch Stony Brook play Virginia and Cornell play Army. At the time, it was the largest crowd in LaValle Stadium history.
In 2011 and 2012, Stony Brook was the host of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, the first time ever a Div. I national champion was crowned on Long Island. In both years, record crowds for women's lacrosse flocked to Stony Brook to witness Northwestern win back-to-back national titles. LaValle Stadium had 8,011 fans at the 2011 title game, the second-largest lacrosse crowd in the stadium's 10-year history.
“Stony Brook is a natural choice to host our tournament for the next two years given its premier stadium, its location in one of lacrosse’s most popular regions and its proven success hosting high profile events,” said Huchthausen.
In previous years, the America East Championship final has been hosted by the highest remaining seed in the tournament, and Stony Brook has had the opportunity to hold the conference's men's lacrosse title game at LaValle Stadium in each of the last three seasons, the last two in front of a national television audience.
Stony Brook Men's Lacrosse has captured two of the conference's last three tournament championships and each of the last three regular season championships. Stony Brook has an 18-2 record in America East regular season games and a 6-2 America East Championship record since the start of the 2009 season.
Stony Brook and America East will work in conjunction to deliver ticket and fan experience information at a later date.