The men's tournament will feature a four-team field, with two semifinal matches Thursday and the championship game Saturday. The women's tournament will include all six conference programs, with two quarterfinal matches Thursday. The top two seeds will receive byes to Friday's semifinals, followed by the championship Sunday.
In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men's and women's lacrosse as the conference's 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as an affiliate member for men's lacrosse beginning with the 2015 season. Big Ten competition in both men's and women's lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men's lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women's lacrosse.