Hampton University makes History as the first HBCU to play D-1 Lacrosse

Hampton University makes History as the first HBCU to play D-1 Lacrosse
February 13
00:00 2016
HU Men’s Lacrosse Team (Photo courtesy of Logan Whitton

Hampton University News

HAMPTON, Va. — On Saturday, Feb. 13, ESPN will broadcast from Armstrong Stadium with SportsCenter on the Road from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  This will mark the first time ESPN has broadcast its series from Hampton University and it ties in with the program’s inaugural Div. I lacrosse season.

The Hampton University men’s lacrosse team will open its home slate at 12:30 p.m. in Armstrong Stadium against Div. II Roberts Wesleyan College. Admission to the game is Free.

SportsCenter is the mainstay program on ESPN that has been running since 1979. The show has originated from the NBA Finals, NFL Draft and other heralded sporting events in years prior.  ESPN will not broadcast the lacrosse game, but highlights should air later in the day on its regular SportsCenter program.

The lacrosse program was founded at Hampton in 2011 and was a club team for four seasons before moving up to varsity status in May of 2015. Hampton is the 70th NCAA Div. I school to field a men’s lacrosse program, and it will be the first-ever HBCU to field a Div. I program. Hampton is the first HBCU to play men’s lacrosse overall since Morgan State in 1981. Pirates head coach Lloyd Carter was a member of that Bears team, a Div. II power that defeated the likes of Villanova, Michigan State, Georgetown, and Notre Dame.

Lacrosse Magazine  has taken notice and posted this story to its website regarding ESPN’s visit. It also featured the program for its November 2015 cover story.

Let’s show that Pirate Pride and come out for a historic day at Hampton University, starting with the ESPN broadcast from Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m. and the first varsity men’s lacrosse game at 12:30 p.m.

Spread the word to everyone you know and prepare to rock the blue and white with SportsCenter!

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