UMass to compete for Div. I lacrosse title

The University of Massachusetts, the only unbeaten team in the country and ranked first in both national polls, headlines 11 New England schools that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Divisions I, II and III men's lacrosse championships.

The first round of the Division I tournament will be this Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals May 19-20. The semifinals are set for May 26 and the finals May 28, both at Gillette Stadium. All 15 tournament games will be on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, and all will be streamed online at ESPN3.com.

UMass (15-0), champion of the Colonial Athletic Association and the sixth seed of the NCAA tournament, opens play Saturday, hosting Colgate (13-3) at 2:30. The winner of that game will play the winner of Duke-Syracuse in the second round at PPL Park in Philadelphia with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

Yale, which won the Ivy League, also got an automatic bid to the 16-team tourney. Yale will play No. 4 seed Notre Dame on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.

The UMass women's lacrosse team also made the NCAA tournament field and will play at third-seeded Maryland on Saturday at 2 p.m.

To check out the men's schedule and matchups, CLICK HERE.

For the men's bracket, CLICK HERE.

To see the women's schedule and matchups, CLICK HERE.

For the women's bracket, CLICK HERE.