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City of Richmond slated to host three Atlantic 10 Spring Championships

The Atlantic 10 selected league members Richmond and VCU to serve as hosts for three major spring championships throughout the month of May.

Trevor Dickerson

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The Atlantic 10 selected league members Richmond and VCU to serve as hosts for three major spring championships throughout the month of May. The University of Richmond will administer the conference’s inaugural Men’s Lacrosse Championship – set for May 4-6 at Robins Stadium – while VCU will handle both the Women’s Lacrosse and Baseball Championships, slated for May 4-7 and May 23-27, respectively.

Altogether, the Richmond region will play host to the trio of high-profile A-10 championships, igniting a partnership between the league and Richmond Region Tourism.

The Atlantic 10 officially introduced men’s lacrosse as the conference’s 22nd championship sport in May 2022 with the initial season slated for the 2022-23 academic year, forming a six-member league via full members Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph’s, along with affiliate additions High Point and Hobart. Following the conclusion of conference play on Saturday, April 29, the top four programs will meet at Robins Stadium on the campus of Richmond University for a three-match championship on May 4-6. The opening semifinal matchups are set for Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., while the inaugural championship final is slated for Saturday, May 6 at noon. All three contests will be open to the public with tickets starting at $5.

Atlantic 10 women’s lacrosse entered the 2023 campaign a year removed from the best postseason finish in over 35 years, as the conference secured a double bid into the NCAA Tournament behind first-time victor Saint Joseph’s and at-large selection Massachusetts for just the third time in history and the first time since the 1984 season. The A-10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will run concurrently with its men’s counterpart between May 4-7 at VCU’s Cary Street Field and will feature the league’s top six programs out of the 10-team field. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receive a bye into the semifinals while the bottom four meet on Thursday, May 4 at noon and 3:00 p.m. The semifinal round, slated for Friday May 5, pairs the top two seeds against the winners from opening day with game times at noon and 3:00 p.m. before the championship final gets underway on Sunday, May 7 at noon. All five contests will be open to the public with tickets starting at $5.

Finally, the A-10 Baseball Championship rounds out both Richmond-based titles as well as the conference’s 22-sport championship slate for the 2022-23 academic year. The league returns to The Diamond – home of both VCU and AA franchise Richmond Flying Squirrels – for a five-day stretch between May 23-27 and will headline a minimum of 12 games that culminates with the championship final on Saturday, May 27. The first pitch is set for noon. The double-elimination tournament invites seven of the conference’s 12 baseball members with the top seed earning a bye into the second round. All contests will be open to the public with tickets starting at $5.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.