Big East Conference Tournament News

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference has announced dates and sites for its Olympic sport championships in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The sites were awarded by the Big East Championship and Competition Committee.

Included in the site selections was the announcement of the locations of the first two BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championships. The first championship will be hosted by Villanova at Villanova Stadium May 3 and 5, 2012, while Syracuse will host the 2013 championship at the Carrier Dome May 2 and 4.

The BIG EAST will conduct 36 championships in 11 states, with 12 schools serving as host institutions in the two-year timeframe announced Wednesday. In addition to the introduction of the men’s lacrosse championship, the Big East will conduct separate men’s and women’s golf championships for the first time.

“Our philosophy in awarding championship sites is to provide for a positive experience for our student-athletes,” said Big East Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports James Siedliski. “With that in mind, and based on the feedback we receive from our student-athletes, we’re excited to return to some familiar locations and to give our fans and student-athletes the chance to experience some new sites.”

The selections included a number of first-time events. The University of South Florida will host the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in 2012 and will serve as a first-time host of the Big East Softball Championship in 2013. The BIG EAST Softball Championship will be played on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for the first time in 2012, while Loyola University will host its first BIG EAST postseason event when the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship is played in Baltimore.

2011-2012 BIG EAST Championship Dates and Sites

Men’s Lacrosse

May 3 and 5, 2012

Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.

Hosted by Villanova University

Women’s Lacrosse

May 3 and 5, 2012

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Hosted by Syracuse University

2012-2013 BIG EAST Championship Dates and Sites

Men’s Lacrosse

May 2 and 4, 2013

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.

Hosted by Syracuse University

Women’s Lacrosse

May 2 and 4, 2013

Harold Ridley, S.J., Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

Hosted by Loyola University

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