It’s Memorial Day Monday! We can’t wait for the fun to start at 1:00 PM EST. Before we get to the games, though, we at College Crosse would like to say thank you to all the brave servicemen and women around the world for keeping us safe. We hope you all get home soon to your family and friends.
Additionally, we’d also like to also remember all the heroic military members who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the protection our freedoms and way of live. We are forever grateful.
Well ... we’re here. After over 500 games, we’ve finally reached our destination, the national championship game. Today we have a Virginia team that doesn’t know how to quit going up against a Yale team that comes in as the defending champs but has had to play the role of the underdog throughout the weekend. If today’s match-up is anything like the games leading up to this afternoon, we are in for a title game for the ages.
Directly below is the Big Board for today. Clicking on the team name will take you to that team’s homepage, while clicking on the Stream/TV cell will take you to the broadcast of that game. Additionally, clicking on the Live Stats cell will take you to the live stats for today. Game time is of course Eastern Standard Time.
Team Game Day Previews
The Virginia Cavaliers (16-3) and the Yale Bulldogs (15-3) meet on Monday in the final round of the 2019 NCAA Stadium at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. UVA is ranked No. 4 in the USILA coaches poll and No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse/Maverick media poll. Yale is ranked No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the media poll. UVA, champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, is the No. 3 national seed and earned an at-large bid.
The Cavaliers advanced to their 10th NCAA title game with a 13-12 double-overtime win against Duke in the semifinal round. Yale also earned an at-large bid and is the No. 5 national seed. The Bulldogs are the defending national champions and advanced to the finals for the second year in a row after defeating the No. 1 seed Penn State, 21-17.
The Bulldogs and Cavaliers, who have 6 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships between them, square off Monday at Lincoln Financial Field for the 2019 national title. No. 5 seed Yale (15-3) takes on No. 3 Virginia (16-3) for the first time in 28 years at 1 p.m. in a contest airing live on ESPN2. S
ERIES vs. VIRGINIA
This is the 8th meeting and the Bulldogs have a 4-3 edge in a series dating to a 1927 game (17-2 Yale) at New Haven. The last meeting, in 1991, was a 13-6 UVA win at Charlottesville, while the only NCAA Tournament encounter was a double OT, 10-9 Cavaliers victory at New Haven in 1988.
College Crossecast Semifinal Recap & Sunday Press Conferences
Additionally, here are some press conference clips from yesterday as well.
College Crossecast NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview
2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend Preview: What you need to know
After a wild quarterfinal weekend with three overtime games, we only three more men’s Division I lacrosse games left to play. And they’ll all be held in the cheesesteak capital of the world, Philadelphia. Safe and I will be down for the grand finale of the college lacrosse season (I might be doing other things as well). Four great teams, three more games, two winners on Saturday, one national champion. And you can catch all the action on ESPN2!
With the men’s Division I champion being crowned on Monday, it was the Division II and Division III teams that took the stage in front of 18,702 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
Division II National Championship
In their last game as a Division II program, the Merrimack Warriors completed a “poetic” run, as head coach Mike Morgan would call it, to their second straight Division II national championship with a 16-8 win over the Limestone Saints.
After Limestone tied the game at three early in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 7-0 run to break the game up with a 10-3 lead under a minute into the third quarter.
He coaches in the Ivy League, so of course Yale coach Andy Shay was academic when asked what he knew about Virginia. “I think that’s one of the original 13 colonies,” Shay said. “Thomas Jefferson designed the campus. I don’t know anything other than that, to be honest with you. We have a lot of work to do.”
The Maryland women’s lacrosse team has set a high bar and continued to distance itself from the rest of the field this weekend en route to another title. Brindi Griffin and Grace Griffin each scored three goals and Maryland won its 14th national championship with a 12-10 victory over Boston College on Sunday at Johns Hopkins.
Dox Aitken can’t believe the situation he’s in. The Virginia midfielder will attempt to cap his junior season by winning the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship when the Cavaliers (16-3) meet defending -champion Yale (15-3) in the Division I title game Monday at Lincoln Financial Field. The game could be played at any venue and it would be a special event for Aitken, among the top players in the nation, who has 42 goals and eight assists.
The NCAA instituted an 80-second shot clock for men’s lacrosse this season. The idea was to usher the game into a new era of high scores and offenses gone wild. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs tied a tournament record with 10 goals in the first quarter and never trailed en route to a 21-17 semifinal victory over top-seeded Penn State Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The combined 38 goals also tied an tournament record, set in 1994.
Former Syracuse lacrosse star Jovan Miller (pictured) turned 30 on May 11. He decided to spend part of his landmark day watching his former school take on Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That turned out to be a mistake. The Orange let a lead slip away and lost 15-13, ending yet another season in disappointment. Miller was sour for the rest of the day. “I was in a bad mood. I was obviously really sad for the seniors. I watched the game and I was sick to my stomach. I was sick for those kids.”
It was difficult for Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany to conclude a news conference Sunday without acknowledging two of the major influences on his career — his father and his father figure. One week prior to the Cavaliers’ meeting with Yale in Monday’s Division I championship game, Tiffany was at a cemetery in Binghamton, N.Y., for the burial of his father, Bradford “Brad” Tiffany.
The Yale lacrosse team is one step away from its second straight national championship. A victory over Virginia on Monday would do the trick. A big reason why the bulldogs are in this position is the play of freshman Matt Brandau.