2012 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

The 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship was the 42nd annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national championship for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college lacrosse. Sixteen teams were selected to compete in the tournament based upon their performance during the regular season, and for some, by means of a conference tournament automatic qualifier.

2012 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
DatesMay 12–28
Finals siteGillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
ChampionsLoyola (1st title)
MOPEric Lusby, Loyola
Attendance[1]31,774 semi-finals
30,816 finals
62,590 total
Top scorerEric Lusby, Loyola
(17 goals)
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«2011 2013»

Tournament overview

The tournament started on May 12[2] and ended on May 28, with the Championship game being played at Gillette Stadium, home of the National Football League's New England Patriots. The United States Naval Academy hosted two quarterfinal matches on May 19 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Drexel University hosted the other two quarterfinal matches on May 20 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.[3]

Canisius (MAAC), Lehigh (Patriot League), Loyola (ECAC), Massachusetts (CAA), Stony Brook (America East), Syracuse (Big East), and Yale (Ivy League), earned an automatic bid into the tournament by winning their respective conference tournaments.[4] During the tournament, the Colgate Raiders won their first ever NCAA Tournament game, defeating Massachusetts by a score of 13–11.[5]

Eric Lusby for Loyola set a then tournament record for goals with 17, and the Loyola Greyhounds won their first ever NCAA lacrosse title in defeating unseeded Maryland, 9-3. Loyola began the season unranked. The Greyhounds were just the ninth school to win an NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse championship, since tournament play began in 1971.

Tournament bracket

First Round
May 12–13
May 19–20
May 26
May 28
1 Loyola 17
  Canisius 5
1 Loyola 10
  Denver 9
8 North Carolina 14
  Denver 16
1 Loyola 7
4 Notre Dame 5
4 Notre Dame 13
  Yale 7
4 Notre Dame 12
5 Virginia 10
5 Virginia 6
  Princeton 5
1 Loyola 9
  Maryland 3
3 Duke 12
  Syracuse 9
3 Duke 17
  Colgate 6
6 Massachusetts 11
  Colgate 13
3 Duke 10
  Maryland 16
7 Lehigh 9
  Maryland 10
  Maryland 11
2 Johns Hopkins 5
2 Johns Hopkins 19
  Stony Brook 9


Eric Lusby A Loyola (Most Outstanding Player)

Josh Hawkins M Loyola

Joe Fletcher D Loyola

Scott Ratliff LSM Loyola

Jack Runkel G Loyola

Joe Cummings A Maryland

Drew Snider M Maryland

Jesse Bernhardt D Maryland

C.J. Costabile LSM Duke

John Kemp G Notre Dame


  1. http://www.laxpower.com/mobile/view_news.php?id=35712
  2. "ESPN Announces College Lacrosse Schedule for 2012". Inside Lacrosse. 23 January 2012. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  3. "Navy To Host The Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals In 2012". United States Naval Academy. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  4. "May Madness: Men's Division I Bracketology, May 6". Inside Lacrosse. 6 May 2012. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  5. "Men's Lacrosse: Colgate Defeats Previously Unbeaten UMass in NCAA First Round". Inside Lacrosse. 12 May 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
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