UMass to Host 2019 NLF National Championships

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The inaugural National Lacrosse Federation national championships crowned the best team in the country in six age groups in the most loaded tournament fields in club lacrosse history. Next summer, they’ll once again be the crown jewel of the summer circuit, but this time, the champions will be crowned at the University of Massachusetts.

The NLF championships will be held Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 at UMass’ beautiful campus in Amherst. The best 24 teams in the country in the 2020 through 2027 graduation classes, chosen using results from TourneyMachine, coach recommendations and NLF staff feedback, will square off in the tournament. There are AA and A brackets, and teams that won in last year’s A divisions move up to AA in 2019. More than 160 college coaches attended the 2018 championships.

Team 91 Long Island (2020), Long Island Express (2024 and 2025), Team 91 Maryland (2022), DC Express (2021), West Coast Starz (2019) and True Illinois (2023) earned titles in the first year of the NLF national championships at Lehigh University.

“We’re excited to bring the NLF national championships to UMass,” NLF co-founder Sean Chamberlain said. “It’s an unbelievable, top-of-the-line venue that serves as a perfect backdrop for the country’s elite lacrosse players as they compete in the nation’s toughest tournament for the biggest prize.

“We had an unbelievable experience last summer at Lehigh, but UMass offers us the chance to have 26 fields going at one location, which is hard to beat,” NLF co-founder and Laxachusetts director Sean Morris said. “There are multiple airports nearby for teams to fly into, and UMass is also centrally located for a lot of our clubs. We think it’ll add to everything that the NLF national championships have to offer.”

7 Comments

  1. Gia Delorey on July 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Are dogs permitted at the fields?
    Thank you

    • Matt Chandik on July 17, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs at the field, and judging by the weather forecast, it wouldn’t be a great idea to have them out anyway.

  2. Kelli on July 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Will the championship games be televised again this year? If so, what station will air them?

    • Chros on July 18, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Do you have a field map? Can’t find one.

  3. Robin Brown on July 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Any clue when the Lacrosse tournament is at UMass in July 2020?

  4. John Sampson on July 25, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks Robin, yes, can anyone from NLF comment on whether the tourney will be back at UMASS and what 2020 dates are? Thx

    • Matt Chandik on July 27, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      We plan to be back at UMass next year, but have not finalized 2020 dates as the 2019 tournament just ended.

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