- Richard Smith
Stadium Journey Visits the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals in Annapolis, MD
The United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, MD hosted one half of the 2023 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals, May 22 at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
There was two games this Sunday in Annapolis. In the first game, an intense matchup occurred between Penn State and Army. Penn State won with a 10-9 victory after a six-goal run in the first half.
The second game saw Notre Dame taking on Johns Hopkins. The Fighting Irish won 12-9 and are going back to the NCAA Semifinals for the sixth time in program history, the first time since 2015.
Penn State will face top-seeded Duke at Lincoln Financial Field next Saturday, with Notre Dame slated to play against Virginia. Duke/Penn State is at 12pm EDT and Virginia/Notre Dame is at 2:30pm EDT. The championship game is on Memorial Day, 5/29, at 1pm EDT.
It was a beautiful day at the home of the Midshipmen and fans from all 4 teams seemed to enjoy the atmosphere. We heard many people comment on Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium being the perfect location for this group of contests.
13,354 people were in attendance and according to Navy they have had 5 of the top 10 crowds in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals history (since 1996 when it started being held at 2 predetermined sites.) The top attended game day was also at Navy in 2008 when they had 17,017 in attendance.
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium opened in 1959 and serves as the home stadium of the Navy Midshipmen college football and lacrosse teams, and was the home of the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. The stadium is also the host of the Military Bowl. The stadium serves as a memorial to the Navy and Marine Corps; it is dedicated to those who have served (and will serve) as upholders of the traditions and renown of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States. The thousands of memorial bench-back and wall plaques are a constant reminder, as well as the list of numerous battles involving the Naval and Marine Corps forces since the early 1900s.