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2015 College Lacrosse Preview: ESPN Unveils NCAA Lacrosse TV Schedule

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47 regular season men's games dot ESPN's broadcast schedule this season.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After waiting forever for ESPN to release its broadcast schedule for the 2015 season, the network delivered a massive slate of men's games for the discerning men's college lacrosse fan. 47 regular season games will find a place on either ESPNU or ESPN3 this coming season, with the network also offering full NCAA Tournament coverage as well as broadcasts select conference tournament events.

From the press release:

The 2015 college lacrosse season on ESPNU, ESPN3 and SEC Network + will showcase nationally-ranked programs and top-caliber games including 47 men’s and 21 women’s regular-season games, as well as the crowning of the ACC, America East and Ivy League men’s tournament champions and the Big Ten and Big South women’s tournament champions.

Additional schedule highlights:

  • 15 of the 16 teams that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Championship
  • A rematch of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Championship title game between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Duke on Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • Beginning February 28, a consistent Saturday men’s game airing on ESPNU thought the remainder of the season, including five doubleheaders.
  • ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Men’s & Women’s Championship begins with the Selection Show on ESPNU on Sunday, May 3 and continues through the Men’s Championships on Memorial Day Weekend
  • ESPNU will have the entire ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship from PPL Park in Chester, Pa., airing the semifinals on Friday, April 24, at 5 & 8 p.m., and the title game on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m.
  • In addition, ESPNU is the home to the America East and Ivy League men’s title games on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, respectively

Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Here's the full slate of men's games scheduled for ESPNU/3 broadcast:

2015 ESPN COLLEGE LACROSSE BROADCAST SCHEDULE
DATE TIME GAME NETWORK
February 7 1:00 P.M. UMBC at Johns Hopkins ESPN3!

4:00 P.M. Siena at Syracuse ESPN3
February 8 12:00 P.M. Air Force at Duke ESPN3
February 10 4:00 P.M. High Point at North Carolina ESPN3
February 14 12:00 P.M. Georgetown at Notre Dame ESPN3
1:00 P.M. Stony Brook at St. John's ESPN3
February 15 4:00 P.M. Cornell at Syracuse ESPN3
February 20 3:00 P.M. Hofstra at Princeton ESPNU
February 21 12:00 P.M. Maryland at Yale ESPN3
7:00 P.M. Army at Syracuse ESPN3
February 27 4:00 P.M. Denver at North Carolina ESPNU
February 28 12:00 P.M. Harvard at Duke ESPN3
1:00 P.M. Princeton at Johns Hopkins ESPN3@
1:00 P.M. Dartmouth at Notre Dame ESPN3
March 1 12:00 P.M. Virginia at Syracuse ESPNU
5:00 P.M. Providence at Duke ESPN3
March 3 3:00 P.M. Yale at St. John's ESPN3
March 7 12:00 P.M. Navy at Johns Hopkins ESPN3^
1:00 P.M. Loyola at Duke ESPN3
March 10 4:00 P.M. Bryant at North Carolina ESPN3
March 14 12:00 P.M. Notre Dame at Virginia ESPNU
1:00 P.M. Drexel at St. John's ESPN3
2:00 P.M. Johns Hopkins at Syracuse ESPNU
March 17 7:00 P.M. Harvard at North Carolina ESPN3
March 21 4:00 P.M. Ohio State at Notre Dame ESPNU
6:00 P.M. Virginia at Johns Hopkins ESPNU
March 22 12:30 P.M. Duke at Syracuse ESPNU
March 28 12:00 P.M. Syracuse at Notre Dame ESPNU
1:00 P.M. Providence at St. John's ESPN3
2:00 P.M. Rutgers at Johns Hopkins ESPNU
March 29 11:00 A.M. Brown at Princeton ESPNU
1:00 P.M. Duke at North Carolina ESPNU
3:00 P.M. Ohio State at Penn State ESPNU
April 3 7:00 P.M. North Carolina at Virginia ESPNU
7:00 P.M. Albany at Syracuse ESPN3
April 4 5:00 P.M. Notre Dame at Duke ESPNU
April 7 4:00 P.M. Marquette at Notre Dame ESPN3
April 11 4:00 P.M. Syracuse at North Carolina ESPNU
6:00 P.M. Penn State at Johns Hopkins ESPNU
April 12 12:00 P.M. Virginia at Duke ESPNU
2:00 P.M. Ohio State at Michigan ESPNU
April 14 7:00 P.M. Hobart at Syracuse ESPN3
April 17 6:00 P.M. Harvard at Princeton ESPNU
April 18 2:00 P.M. Michigan at Johns Hopkins ESPNU
4:00 P.M. North Carolina at Notre Dame ESPNU
April 24 5:30 P.M. ACC Tournament Semifinal No. I ESPNU
8:00 P.M. ACC Tournament Semifinal No. II ESPNU
April 25 12:00 P.M. Ohio State at Rutgers ESPNU
7:30 P.M. ACC #5 v. Pennsylvania ESPN3
April 26 1:00 P.M. ACC Tournament Final ESPNU
May 1 5:00 P.M. Ivy League Tournament Semifinal No. I ESPN3
8:00 P.M. Ivy League Tournament Semifinal No. II ESPN3
May 2 10:00 A.M. America East Tournament Final ESPNU
May 3 12:00 P.M. Ivy League Tournament Final ESPNU
12:00 P.M. Boston University at Duke ESPN3

!: Tape delayed to February 8, 2015, at 12:00 P.M. on ESPNU.
@: Tape delayed to March 1, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. on ESPNU.
^: Tape delayed to March 8, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. on ESPNU.

Some brief notes on the slate:

  • The slate is obviously ACC heavy. Ignoring the ACC Tournament showcase game that will feature a yet-to-be-determined ACC soul, Syracuse holds 10 appearances on one of the ESPN networks, Duke will have nine looks, North Carolina and Notre Dame each have eight appearances, and Virginia will show its face five times. Interestingly, former ACC member Maryland will appear on an ESPN network only once during the regular season.
  • A lot is made of Hopkins' ESPN deal, but the Jays are slated to appear on the network as much or less than four of the five ACC schools during the 2015 regular season (the Jays will make eight appearances).
  • Of these 47 regular season games, 11 will feature at least one Ivy league school. That isn't bad -- about a quarter of the schedule features teams from what should be the second- or third-best league in the nation.
  • ESPN finding a way to encroach on Time Warner Cable's lock of Syracuse home games against non-conference competition has yielded two huge benefits: Cornell-Syracuse and Albany-Syracuse are officially nationally broadcast games. Those are games that people outside of Central New York have been dying for in recent seasons.
  • DENVER-NORTH CAROLINA ON YOUR TELEVISION SET WILL MAKE IT EXPLODE!
  • The variety for ESPN in 2015 looks infinitely better than it has been in recent seasons, even if the usual suspects are most present in the calendar.

So, anything in that schedule stick out as must-watch television? The comments are yours to discuss.