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GVSU HOSTS FIRST NCAA LACROSSE TOURNEY IN WEST MI
When any sport season begins, the ultimate goal is a national championship. Yes, teams take things day-by-day and one step at a time, but any competitor will tell you the pursuit of that trophy is what drives them. With so many athletes pining for the opportunity at a season’s outset, getting to a national semifinal - the final site of the entire season – is a memorable and life-impacting moment for student-athletes, coaches, families and fans. In less than a month, four women’s lacrosse teams will come from across the country to Allendale, Michigan, for that championship experience. And we want you to be a part of it.
2018 NCAA DII Lacrosse Championship in Tampa. Credit: NCAA
Grand Valley State University couldn’t be more excited to host the 2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Championship May 17-19 – the first time this event will be hosted in West Michigan. Lacrosse is one of the most rapid-growing sports in America, and ever since we began our lacrosse program seven years ago, it’s been amazing to watch the growth of the sport in West Michigan. Now with the help of our friends at the West Michigan Sports Commission, we get to bring elite athletes in the sport to Allendale in a championship setting to showcase some thrilling, competitive women’s lacrosse.
Working so closely with student-athletes and coaches who have dedicated so much of their lives to sport, I get to see the impact sport can have on peoples’ lives. To be a part of something bigger than yourself, to bond together with others in pursuit of a common goal, to grow and work day after day, year after year, chasing something that very few accomplish. That is what’s at stake in Allendale this May.
The sport is quickly growing, so there’s a plethora of girls and young women around West Michigan just learning to play or growing their love for the game. What an opportunity this will be for them to see some of the best athletes in the nation competing in their own backyard. But this isn’t just an opportunity for young girls interested in lacrosse. This is for anyone who loves sport and wants to see athletes competing at the highest level, with everything on the line.
2018 NCAA DII Lacrosse Championship. Credit: NCAA
Tickets go on sale May 1, and pricing is below:
Adult All-Session: $20
Adult Single-day: $12
Senior/Youth All-Session: $15
Senior/Youth Single-Day: $8
West Michigan is known for being a great sports area, with high school, college and pro sports all having a tremendous atmosphere. With your help, not only can our local community enjoy a growing sport in a championship setting, but we can also show visiting athletes and coaches just how great sports fans can be in West Michigan.
For full details on tickets, participating teams, game times and more, continue to monitor www.gvsulakers.com for updates as they become available and follow @GVSULakers on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check the NCAA tournament website.
2018 NCAA DII Women's Lacrosse Champs. Photo credit: NCAA
We hope to see you there!
The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) is partnering with Celebration Cinema to bring a new sport to West Michigan – and there’s a good chance you know very little about it.
As we prepare for 2020, I’d like to take a moment to review 2019 – it was another great year for youth and amateur sports in West Michigan!