ROSEMONT, Ill. – The 2017 Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons will feature a robust slate of television and online coverage, with more than 75 games featuring Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers set to be carried on BTN, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or BTN Plus.
BTN will broadcast at least 22 games with the first taking place on Tuesday, February 28, when the Rutgers men host Wagner. The first Big Ten women’s lacrosse game on BTN will feature a rematch of last year’s national semifinals, as Maryland welcomes Syracuse to College Park on Saturday, March 11.
BTN will also provide live coverage of the 2017 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments in their entirety. The men’s tournament will be held May 4 & 6 at Ohio State, while the women’s event will be hosted by Maryland on May 5 & 7.
Fifteen men’s games are scheduled to air on ESPNU or ESPNEWS, highlighted by a rematch of last year’s national championship game when Maryland visits North Carolina on Saturday, March 25. Johns Hopkins topped Navy earlier this season in a game that was seen on ESPNU, and Maryland hosts Yale on Saturday, February 25 in the next men’s game to appear on ESPNEWS.
The six programs that comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has played since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men's lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland, 1953 for Ohio State and 2012 for Michigan.
Big Ten women's lacrosse features teams that have won 25 national championships and 21 of the 35 NCAA Championships, including 10 of the last 12. Maryland reached the national championship game last year, and claimed seven straight titles from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989, and made a trip to championship weekend a season ago.
A complete listing of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse games set to appear on BTN Plus will be available on BTN.com in the coming weeks, and is subject to change. Below and attached is the complete schedule of games to appear on BTN or ESPN.