Colonial (CAA) Moves Dates for 2013 Lacrosse Championship

Hempstead, NY The Colonial Athletic Association today announced that the 2013 CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship dates have been changed to Wednesday, May 1 for the semifinals, and Friday, May 3 for the CAA championship game.

The eighth-ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State (10-3, 5-0), who have clinched the number one seed in the 2013 CAA Championship with their final regular season game coming up this Saturday night (April 27) at Hofstra, will host the conference tournament in University Park, Pennsylvania

The first semifinal will be held at 3:00 p.m. with #1 Penn State facing the fourth-seed, who will be decided this weekend. The second semifinal will be held at approximately 5:30 p.m. with #2 Drexel (10-3, 5-1) facing #3 Towson (7-7, 3-2). The championship game will be played on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Entering the final weekend of the regular season, three teams, including the Hofstra Pride (7-6, 2-3), remain in contention for the fourth and final spot in the CAA Championship. Massachusetts (6-7, 1-4) and Saint Joseph's (5-9, 1-4) are also in the hunt for that final sport.

With UMass hosting Delaware (5-9, 1-4) in Amherst Friday night at 7:00 p.m., Towson hosting Saint Joseph's Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., and Hofstra hosting Penn State in Hempstead Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., here are the tie-breaking scenarios for the championship tournament fourth seed:

- If Hofstra, UMass and Saint Joseph's are tied at 2-4: Teams went 1-1 in games against each other. SJU earns the #4 seed based on its win over #3 Towson.

- If Hofstra, Delaware, and Saint Joseph's finished tied at 2-4: Hofstra becomes the No. 4 seed based on its 2-0 record against UD/SJU.

- If Hofstra and UMass finish tied at 2-4: UMass earns the No. 4 seed based on head-to-head.

- If Hofstra and Delaware finished tied at 2-4: Hofstra earns the No. 4 seed based on head-to-head.

- If Towson and Hofstra finished tied at 3-3: Towson is the No. 3 seed and Hofstra earns the No. 4 seed based on head-to-head.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Penn State will host the CAA championship May 1-3, the conference office confirmed Monday. The semifinal doubleheader on May 1 will start at 3:00 p.m. and the title game on May 3 will commence at 3:00 p.m. The winner of the CAA Championship earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State (5-0 CAA) will play in the opening semifinal at 3:00 p.m. on May 1 against the to-be-determined No. 4 seed, while second-seeded Drexel (5-1) and third-seeded Towson (3-2) square off in the nightcap at 5:30 p.m. Hofstra (2-3), Saint Joseph's (1-4) and Massachusetts (1-4) are still alive for the final spot in the tournament, while Delaware (1-4) has been eliminated when all the tiebreakers are taken into account.

The one-site format is new this season as voted on by the conference's coaches, rewarding the No. 1 seed with home field advantage and hosting all three CAA Championship games. Under the old format, which saw the higher seeds host home games on Wednesday and Saturday, Penn State held two CAA semifinal games on campus as the No. 2 seed in 2011 and 2012. Massachusetts is the defending CAA Championship winner.

Penn State earned the right to host the conference's showcase event by running off five straight wins in league play. The Nittany Lions are 10-3 overall following an eight-game win streak. The Nittany Lions clinched the No. 1 seed by defeating Delaware, 13-7, on Saturday night, assuring at least a share of the regular-season title. Penn State can lock down the outright regular season title with a victory at Hofstra later this week.

Tickets for each session will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. Information regarding parking and online streaming will be announced at a later date.

2013 CAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

Wednesday, May 1
Semifinal 1 at 3:00 p.m. No. 1-seed PENN STATE vs. No. 4 seed (TBD)
Semifinal 2 at 5:30 p.m. No. 2-seed Drexel vs. No. 3-seed Towson

Friday, May 3
Championship Final: 3:00 p.m.

2013-04-22



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