#17 UMass Lacrosse Opens at Sacred Heart (with Video)

UMass has made the NCAA's five times in the 2000s (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009). UMass is 9-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. The Minutemen have won at least one game in five NCAA postseason appearances in a row winning first round games in 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. In addition to the 2006 NCAA Finals run, the Minutemen advanced 11 times in their history.

2006 was the first time UMass won two games in an NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2006 UMass had been to the most NCAA Tournaments without a berth in the NCAA Semifinals. In addition to last year, the Minutemen reached the quarterfinals in 2002 after defeating Fairfield, 17-4 in the first round but lost to Johns Hopkins 13-12 in overtime. In 2003 after beating Hofstra, 9-6 in the first round, UMass fell to Maryland, 13-7 at Syracuse.

Attendance Record Setters

With a UMass record 13,722 in attendance at McGuirk Stadium for the Syracuse game on April 25, 2009 the school moved to fifth in 2009 average attendance leaders. UMass averaged 2,930 fans per game in 2009 behind No. 1 Syracuse (6,287), Ohio State (5,762), Navy (5,263) and Johns Hopkins (3,706).

The mark of 13,722 broke the former UMass record of 12,143 set in 1989, also against Syracuse. That crowd was the 25th-largest regular-season lacrosse crowd all-time in the NCAA and 19th-largest at an on-campus facility. In 2009, UMass' mark was the seventh-highest as Ohio State set a new regular-season record with 30,192, also on April 25.

Most of the biggest crowds for UMass lacrosse have been against the Orange. The second-largest showing was on May 8, 1987 when 9,325 came out for SU at McGuirk. The largest crowd on record at Garber Field (called Boyden Field at the time) was 7,500 for an April 26, 1986 game against Army. That overflow crowd led to some games being moved to McGuirk in 1987.

Prior to April 25th game, the most recent lacrosse game at McGuirk Stadium on May 4, 1997 drew 5,675. The previous game at McGuirk on May 6, 1991 brought in 5,631.

The largest crowds ever to watch UMass play came in the 2006 NCAA Semifinal and Finals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The 2006 Final Four, where UMass beat Maryland, 8-5, drew 49,562 on May 27. For the final against Virginia, 47,062 came out to watch on Memorial Day May 29.

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