NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship
|Current season, competition or edition:
2015 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship
|No. of teams||18|
|Most recent champion(s)||Denver (1)|
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The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament determines the annual top men's field lacrosse team in the NCAA Division I. This tournament has determined the national champion since the inaugural 1971 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. Prior to this, from 1936 through 1970, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) awarded the Wingate Memorial Trophy to the NCAA Division I annual champion based on regular season records.
The first Division I Championship tournament held in 1971 replaced the USILA and Wingate Memorial Trophy national title awards. Since then, 42 NCAA tournaments have been held. In that span ten teams — Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Princeton, North Carolina, Virginia, Cornell, Duke, Maryland, Loyola (Maryland) and Denver — have won the national title, with Syracuse leading with ten titles (plus one vacated by the NCAA[a]). In all, 41 teams have participated in the NCAA tournament since its inception. Only six unseeded teams — the 1988 Cornell Big Red, the 1991 Towson Tigers, the 2006 Massachusetts Minutemen, the 2010 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the 2011 and 2012 Maryland Terrapins — have made it to the championship game, and only nine unseeded teams have made it to the tournament semi-finals, the most recent being Johns Hopkins in 2015. Johns Hopkins has appeared in every tournament but two (1971 and 2013). The Number One seed in the tournament has won the title 17 times and there have been 13 undefeated National Champions.
Originally consisting of eight teams, the tournament field has been expanded four times, to 10 in 1986, 12 in 1987, 16 in 2003, and the current 18 (with 2 play-in games) in 2014. The two semifinal games and the final have been played on the same weekend at the same stadium since 1986. All three matches have always been scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, with the semifinals doubleheader on Saturday afternoon and the final held on the holiday itself.
The sport has historically been focused in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, with the sport's U.S. heartland today extending from New England to North Carolina. Only six schools from outside the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic have played in the NCAA tournament—Air Force, Butler, Denver, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. No team west of the Eastern Time Zone won an NCAA championship until Denver in 2015.
Fourteen coaches have won Division I titles: Richie Moran, Glenn Thiel, Bud Beardmore, Bob Scott, Henry Ciccarone, Willie Scroggs, Jr., Roy Simmons, Jr., Don Zimmerman, Bill Tierney, Dom Starsia, John Desko, Dave Pietramala, John Danowski and Charley Toomey. Tierney is the only one to have won at two different schools (Princeton and Denver).
 After the 1990 championship, the NCAA Committee on Infractions determined that Paul Gait had played in the 1990 championship while ineligible. Under NCAA rules, Syracuse and Paul Gait's records for that championship were vacated. The NCAA does not recognize Syracuse and coach Roy Simmons, Jr.'s participation in that championship.
|Syracuse (a)||10||16||1983, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009|
|Johns Hopkins||9||18||1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2005, 2007|
|Princeton||6||8||1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001|
|Virginia||5||9||1972, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2011|
|North Carolina||4||5||1981, 1982, 1986, 1991|
|Cornell||3||7||1971, 1976, 1977|
|Duke||3||5||2010, 2013, 2014|
- NCAA All-time Team Records
- NCAA All-time Appearances by School
- NCAA Lacrosse Division I Undefeated National Champions
- NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championship
- NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship
- NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship
- North-South Senior All-Star Game
- Pre-NCAA Lacrosse Champion
- United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association
- Wingate Memorial Trophy
- a Syracuse's participation in the 1990 tournament was vacated by the NCAA Committee due to Infractions. The NCAA Committee on Infractions determined that Paul Gait had played in the 1990 championship while ineligible. Under NCAA rules, Syracuse and Paul Gait’s records for that championship were vacated.