|Hempstead, NY â€“ For the eighth time since 1997, Hofstra University has been selected to serve as host for the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals, the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee announced Thursday. The University was named as one of the two sites for the 2014 Quarterfinals, with the University of Delaware serving as the other.|
James M. Shuart Stadium, which is currently undergoing an installation of a new FieldTurf surface and a new lighting system, will host one of the two quarterfinal doubleheaders on Saturday, May 17, 2014. It will be the first NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinal that Hofstra has hosted since May 21, 2011 when eventual national champion Virginia defeated Cornell, 13-9, and upstart Denver defeated Johns Hopkins, 14-9.
"Hofstra University is extremely excited to once again be chosen by the NCAA to host the Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals," commented Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. "With the quarterfinals returning in 2014 it will mark the eighth time Hofstra has hosted this marquee event. We look forward to providing the Long Island community with more outstanding lacrosse in James M. Shuart Stadium."
James M. Shuart Stadium is the largest outdoor sports complex on Long Island. Opened in 1963, it has served as the site for NCAA Championships, New York State High School Championships, world championships and professional contests.
James M. Shuart Stadium has been an important venue in NCAA Lacrosse history as it served as the site of the first-ever NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship game in 1971, which saw Cornell post a 12-6 victory over Maryland. Since then the stadium has hosted first round NCAA Tournament games in 1973, 1993 and 2006, and NCAA Quarterfinals in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2011.
The largest crowds in James M. Shuart Stadium history occurred during the hosting of the NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals. A stadium record of 13,447 spectators, the largest-ever lacrosse crowd on Long Island, were in attendance for the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals, while a crowd of 12,292, a then-NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinal, witnessed the 1999 NCAA Quarterfinals. In 2001 10,510 fans attended the quarterfinals.
In addition, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals hosted at Hofstra has been a good luck charm for one of the four participants. The eventual national champions have come through the NCAA Quarterfinals in Hempstead, New York in six of the seven previous quarterfinals hosted by Hofstra.