“The men’s lacrosse committee is committed to the grassroots effort in terms of growing the game,” Jarnecke said. “We know we have a responsibility to the game of lacrosse to take that west of the Mississippi — to Denver, to Southern California, to Texas and all these other pockets that are growing. Does that mean we take the championship there? Maybe not in the next five years. But does that mean we start looking at the first round, or a quarterfinal round?
But there is also a delicate balancing act, Jarnecke acknowledged, that the governing body feels it has to attempt to grow the sport. Speculation within the sport has grown in recent years that the NCAA might hold the final four somewhere such as Colorado, California or the Pacific Northwest — areas of the country where the game is growing the fastest.
The men’s championships are returning to Baltimore next season, and then they’ll go back to Foxborough for 2012. But for 2013 and 2014, the site has yet to be determined, and there are plenty of people who feel it should return to Baltimore and stay there.
Baltimore is one of five cities believed to be bidding for the right to host the championship those years, although the NCAA doesn’t discuss the official bids. The Greater Washington Sports Alliance has stated publicly that it is hoping to host the event at FedEx Field, which would be the farthest south it has gone. And Gillette Stadium in Foxborough and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia are also likely to be interested. The announcement is expected to come in July.