NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship to be Played on Sportexe

The NCAA
Men’s Lacrosse Championships are returning to M&T Bank Stadium and its
state-of-the-art Sportexe synthetic turf system in

Baltimore on Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28,
after a record setting attendance run in 2003 and 2004.

The
championship hosts are
Johns
Hopkins
University;

Loyola
College
(
Maryland); the University of
Maryland-
Baltimore County;
and

Towson
University. This is the only NCAA team
sport that holds the championships of all three divisions at a common site.

Sportexe
client Johns Hopkins is one of four teams, including Cornell, Duke and

Delaware, remaining from
a 16-team bracket competing for the NCAA Division I title. Other Sportexe
clients receiving postseason play included UMBC, and quarterfinalists Loyola
and

University of

Albany.

Johns Hopkins captured the title in 2005 and has won the event eight times.
Johns Hopkins is the only team to have made the championship bracket every year
except 1971 – 36 times.

“The
growth of this event is mirroring the growth of lacrosse,” said NCAA
tournament director Marty Schwartz. “M&T Bank Stadium and its Sportexe
turf make this a premiere sporting weekend. Rain or shine this field is always
up to the task and we are excited to once again call it home to the NCAA Men’s
Lacrosse Championships.”

In March,
M&T Bank Stadium hosted the inaugural Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic on
Sportexe turf to kick off the college lacrosse season with Sportexe also
presenting the player of the game awards for the doubleheader event. Four elite
college teams, including Johns Hopkins, met in the inaugural Inside Lacrosse
Face-Off Classic over the weekend that drew the largest crowd to watch a
regular-season match when 20,180 attended.

“The
eyes of the entire lacrosse community will be focused on the field at M&T
Bank Stadium throughout Memorial Day weekend,” said Andy Bilello, Director
of Business Development for Inside Lacrosse. “The national championship
will be decided on a Sportexe surface and just as we found during the Face-Off
Classic in early March – there’s no better stage for lacrosse. The players,
coaches, and fans will find that the experience is a memorable one, with
Sportexe playing a big part in making those memories.”

Sportexe
turf systems, the exclusive surface of the NLL, are designed to enhance
performance and meet the rigorous requirements for the sport of lacrosse.
Sportexe is also the lacrosse turf system at Boys’ Latin School of Maryland,
which has spent the past two seasons ranked No. 1 nationally in prep lacrosse.

“NCAA
lacrosse is quickly becoming mainstream due to events like the NCAA
Championship and the Face-Off Classic,” said Sportexe Director of Lacrosse
John Burke. “Sportexe is very excited to be involved with this growth and
be underfoot of this year’s top lacrosse athletes. Sportexe makes a commitment
to quality and performance in every synthetic turf system it manufactures and
installs.”