The Division I women’s lacrosse final four will be played at Villanova on Memorial Day weekend, the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee announced Friday morning.
Championship weekend heads to Villanova Stadium after two years at Stony Brook on Long Island, N.Y. The last time the title was decided in Pennsylvania, it was played at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in 2007. This is the first time Villanova will host the event.
“We are thrilled that the 2013 championship will be making a return to Pennsylvania and are excited to be working with Villanova as host,” Ann-Marie Guglieri, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee, said in a news release. “Historic Villanova Stadium will be a great setting that will provide for a rewarding student-athlete and fan experience which is great for the continual growth of the game of women’s lacrosse and our championship.”
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Villanova Stadium, which has an artificial turf field, has seating for 12,500. Last year’s final, in which Northwestern defeated Syracuse 8-6 to win its seventh title in eight years, drew an announced crowd of 7,127 fans. The previous year drew 8,011.
Last month, the NCAA announced that the women’s Division I bracket will expand to 26 teams from 16 next season with 13 conferences receiving automatic bids to the tournament. Early rounds will be played on campus sites beginning May 5 with the semifinals at Villanova Friday, May 24 and the title game Sunday, May 26.