Last Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game between Virginia and Johns Hopkins, a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, was the highest rated college lacrosse game in ESPNU ratings history. The game’s viewership surpassed all of ESPNU’s NCAA Championship coverage as well.
“I am very glad to hear of this rating for a regular season game,” said UVa men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia. “It speaks to the interest in this particular game and to the growth of men’s lacrosse nationwide overall. This continues to be an exciting time in our sport.”
Nearly 7,000 fans filed into Klöckner Stadium to see two of college lacrosse’s most historic programs battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. Hopkins came out on top, 11-10, scoring the winning goal with five seconds remaining in the first overtime period. It was the largest Klöckner Stadium crowd since a capacity of 8,000 fans turned out during Duke’s 2010 trip to Charlottesville.