Good morning, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) fans. Hope you are enjoying the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs (I’m bias, but there is nothing like an NHL game 7 – IT IS FIRE lol).
Just a quick morning post here. The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship is this weekend at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. The top-seeded Tar Heels will face No. 4 seed Syracuse at 6 p.m., and No. 2 seed Notre Dame will play No. 3 seed Duke at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday at Noon for the ACC Championship and the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia will meet No. 2 Brown in the ACC-Brown Classic on Saturday at 7 p.m. Regardless of the outcomes here, North Carolina, Duke, Notre Dame, and Syracuse appear to be headed for the NCAA tournament (I don’t think Virginia will get in even if the Hoos defeat Brown – 9-7 is shaky resume at best and I think the Hoos will be one of the last four out of the NCAA tournament).
So, let’s get to the point here – it’s outright ridiculous of the ACC to have it’s Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Kennesaw, GA – attendance is not going to be stellar (and that’s putting it mildly). Yes, I understand that there’s a lot of lacrosse recruits in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida – but I think that’s not a relevant factor here. If Clemson, Florida State, or Georgia Tech were going to announce the formation of an NCAA Men’s Division I lacrosse team this weekend, I would understand the decision (FWIW, I don’t think this is happening). The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship should be held at the #1 seed’s home venue (in this case, North Carolina should be the host venue of this tournament) – end of story. The NCAA and it’s member conferences need to adopt practices that will increase attendance – and the ACC holding its Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Kennesaw, GA is not going to achieve that objective.