Stony Brook Named Site for 2013, 2014 AEast Championships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Taking its men's lacrosse championship to a predetermined site for the first time in America East history, Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium has been chosen as host for the 2013 and 2014 America East Men's Lacrosse Championships. The tournament location was determined in a vote of the conference's Athletic Directors at their fall meetings on Thursday morning.

All three games of the 2013 America East Championship will take place on Long Island for the first time, starting with the semifinals on Thursday, May 2 and concluding with the title game on Saturday, May 4, which will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 10:00 a.m. Semifinal game times will be announced on a future date.

"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," said Huchthausen.

LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook's 8,200 seat state of the-art venue, is more than accustomed to hosting championships. The venue has been the site for seven America East men's lacrosse tournament games since 2009, including the last three championship games. LaValle Stadium has also hosted several NCAA events in recent years, serving as the site for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Final Four and was a quarterfinal site for the NCAA Men's Division I Championship in 2006 and 2010.

"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 University 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."

Located in one of country's lacrosse hotbeds, Stony Brook has led America East in attendance each of the last eight seasons averaging 1,384 fans per contest. The Seawolves have welcomed over 88,000 fans to LaValle Stadium over that stretch.

"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.

While this is the first time the championship will be held at a predetermined location, the conference has held the tournament at a single site three times previously. All rounds of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 were tournaments were held at the No. 1 seed, while each round of the other 10 championships have been at highest seed. The first America East Men's Lacrosse Championship was held in 2000.

America East has been one of the top men's lacrosse conferences in the country from top to bottom over the last several years. The league, which finished with the best conference RPI in the country among automatic-qualifying conferences in 2011, has sent five different programs (Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, UMBC, Stony Brook) to the NCAA Championship since 2004, including multiple teams in 2007. Three different programs have reached the NCAA quarterfinals during that time with both Albany and UMBC getting within one game of the Final Four in 2007 and Stony Brook nearly accomplishing the feat in 2010.

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2012-09-27



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