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April 22, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Nittany Lion men's lacrosse will host the Colonial Athletic Association Championship May 1-3 at the Penn State Lacrosse Field the conference office confirmed Monday. The semifinal doubleheader on May 1 will start at 3 p.m. and the title game on May 3 will commence at 3 p.m. The winner of the CAA Championship earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Penn State (6-0 CAA) will play in the opening semifinal at 3:00 p.m. on May 1 against No. 4 seed Massachusetts, while second-seeded Drexel (5-1) and third-seeded Towson (4-2) square off in the nightcap at 5:30 p.m.
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 six straight wins in league play. The Nittany Lions are 11-3 overall following a nine-game win streak. The Nittany Lions clinched the No. 1 seed by defeating Delaware, 13-7, on April 20, assuring at least a share of the regular-season title. Penn State locked down the outright regular season title with a victory at Hofstra on Saturday.
Tickets for each session will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. Students from participating schools will receive free admission with a valid ID.
Groups of 15 or more will be charged $4 if purchased in advance at the Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Office. Otherwise, groups are $5 the day of the event. The BJC Ticket Office is open 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fans can call the box office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. as well at 1-800-NITTANY (648-8269).
Parking for the event will be free in Lot 44. Fans can access Lot 44 by using Dauer Drive off University Drive or Porter Road.
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 Massachusetts
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.