Towson University has been selected to host the women’s lacrosse World Cup when it returns to the United States for the third time in 2021, Federation of International Lacrosse officials announced Wednesday.
Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium will be the third United States venue to host the games, which date to 1982. The event was held in Swarthmore, Pa., in 1986 and in Annapolis in 2005.
The United States has won eight of ten women’s lacrosse World Cup titles, including the past three. However, Australia defeated the U.S. in the title game both times it was held on American soil.
The World Cup will be held July 7-17 in 2021.
“US Lacrosse is honored to host the Federation of International Lacrosse in 2021,” US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen said in a statement. “The opportunity to showcase the world’s best players is a privilege, and we look forward to showcasing the best of our sport to what promises to be record attendance and unprecedented media attention.”
Sue Redfern, FIL president, congratulated US Lacrosse on the winning bid.
“FIL is confident that US Lacrosse will stage a memorable and successful event as they did with the 2014 FIL Men’s World Championships and continue to reach new heights in generating media, public interest and television coverage for this great event,” she said.
Towson will also host the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championships in 2021 over Memorial Day weekend. This will be the fifth time since 2008 that Johnny Unitas stadium has hosted the women’s college finals. In 2003, Towson hosted the men’s and women’s Under-19 World Championships.
In the last World Cup, in England in July, the United States defeated Canada, 10-5, in the championship game, their closest victory in the tournament. The U.S. is 60-6-1 in World Cup competitions.
In November, North Carolina coach Roland Park graduate Jenny Levy was named head coach of the U.S. women’s national team. She took over for Georgetown coach Ricky Fried, who stepped down after leading the U.S. to the past two World Cup titles.