2015 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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2015 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Teams18
Finals siteLincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA
ChampionsDenver (1st title)
Runner-upMaryland (12th title game)
SemifinalistsJohns Hopkins (29th Final Four)
Notre Dame (5th Final Four)
Winning coachBill Tierney (7th title)
MOPWesley Berg, Denver
Attendance29,123 semi-finals
24,215 finals
53,338 total
Top scorerWesley Berg, Denver
(16 goals)
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«2014 2016»

The 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship was the 45th annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national championship for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college lacrosse. Eighteen teams competed in the tournament, selected by winning an automatic qualifying conference tournament or as an at-large team based upon their performance during the regular season. The 18 teams were announced on May 3.

Tournament overview[edit]

The first round and play-in games were played at campus sites. The quarterfinal games were played on May 16 and 17, 2015 at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland (hosted by the United States Naval Academy), and Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (hosted by the University of Denver).

The semifinals were played on May 23, 2015, and the championship on May 25, 2015. The semifinals and championship were held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and were hosted by Drexel University.[1]

Schools from 10 conferences, the America East Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big East Conference, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Big Ten Conference, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Northeast Conference (NEC), Patriot League, and Southern Conference (SoCon) were eligible for automatic bids into the tournament by winning their respective conference tournaments, leaving eight remaining at-large bids for top ranked teams.[2]

Albany (America East), Bryant (NEC), Denver (Big East), Johns Hopkins (Big Ten), Towson (CAA), Colgate (Patriot), Syracuse (ACC), Yale (Ivy), High Point (Southern Conference) and Marist (MAAC) were the 10 schools that received the tournament's automatic bids.

Teams[edit]

Seed School Conference Berth Type RPI[3] Record
Albany America East Automatic 8 15-2
Brown Ivy At-large 14 12-4
Bryant Northeast Automatic 28 8-9
Colgate Patriot Automatic 13 10-5
8 Cornell Ivy At-large 10 10-5
4 Denver Big East Automatic 5 13-2
5 Duke ACC At-large 4 12-5
High Point Southern Automatic 27 10-6
Johns Hopkins Big Ten At-large 11 9-6
Marist MAAC Automatic 21 13-3
6 Maryland Big Ten Automatic 7 12-3
3 North Carolina ACC At-large 3 12-3
1 Notre Dame ACC At-large 2 10-2
Ohio State Big Ten At-large 15 11-6
2 Syracuse ACC At-large 1 12-2
Towson CAA Automatic 20 11-5
7 Virginia ACC At-large 6 10-4
Yale Ivy Automatic 9 11-4

Results[edit]

The Denver Pioneers beat Maryland 10–5 for the school's first national championship, and also the first-ever NCAA men's lacrosse title for a school located outside the Eastern Time Zone.

Wesley Berg was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This was Bill Tierney's first championship since he won with Princeton in 2001.

Bracket[edit]

Play-in game
May 6
   
Towson 10
High Point 8
Play-in game
May 6
   
Bryant 6
Marist 10
First Round
May 9–10
Quarterfinals
May 16–17
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Navy Marine Corps Stadium
Semifinals
May 23
Lincoln Financial Field
Final
May 25
Lincoln Financial Field
            
1 Notre Dame 12
  Towson 10
1 Notre Dame 14
  Albany 10
8 Cornell 10
  Albany 19
1 Notre Dame 10
4 Denver 11*
4 Denver 15
  Brown 9
4 Denver 15
  Ohio State 13
5 Duke 11
  Ohio State 16
4 Denver 10
6 Maryland 5
3 North Carolina 19
  Colgate 12
3 North Carolina 7
6 Maryland 14
6 Maryland 8
  Yale 7
6 Maryland 12
  Johns Hopkins 11
7 Virginia 7
  Johns Hopkins 19
  Johns Hopkins 16
2 Syracuse 15
2 Syracuse 20
  Marist 8
* = Overtime

All-Tournament[edit]

Wesley Berg A Denver (Most Outstanding Player)

Trevor Baptiste M Denver

Ryan LaPlante G Denver

Zach Miller M Denver

Mike Riis LSM Denver

Kyle Bernlohr G Maryland

Matt Neufeldt LSM Maryland

Matt Rambo A Maryland

Sergio Perkovic M Notre Dame

John Crawley D Johns Hopkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014-18 NCAA Championship Sites". NCAA.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  2. ^ "2015 NCAA Championship Format". NCAA.com. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. ^ "nitty selection" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved May 20, 2018.