PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League Athletic Directors announced that the 2018 Men's Lacrosse Tournament will be located at a neutral site, Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium on the campus of Columbia University.
Columbia, which does not sponsor a men's lacrosse program, has competed in Ivy League women's lacrosse since 1997, and will serve as the pre-determined host site for one year as a pilot program.
"Columbia provides us a unique opportunity to host our 2018 men's lacrosse tournament at a pre-determined neutral site location on one of our campuses," said Executive Director Robin Harris. "We have many Ivy League alumni and fans living in or around New York City and we anticipate having a terrific atmosphere to showcase one of the strongest lacrosse leagues in the country."
Since its inception in 2010, the four-team Ivy League men's lacrosse tournament has rewarded the regular season champion with the right to host the event. Due to the competitiveness and parity among the Ivy teams, only twice in the tournament's eight-year history has the host team earned the League's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, which goes to the Ivy tournament champion.
"We are excited to host the 2018 Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament at Robert K. Kraft Field," said Columbia Athletics Director Peter Pilling. "Columbia University in the city of New York will be a great site to showcase the high level of lacrosse the Ivy League has to offer."
The Ivy League has a long history of success in the NCAA men's tournament. Since the NCAA Championship began in 1971, the League has received multiple bids 33 times, including eight of the past nine years. The Ivy League has produced nine national champions and 25 Final Four teams, including Brown's 2016 run to the national semifinals led by Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy '17.
The Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament, which features the top four teams with the League's NCAA automatic bid going to the tournament champion, will continue to be held at the site of the top seed. After winning the 2017 Ivy tournament at Cornell, Princeton became the third Ivy team to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in as many years and is now one win away from becoming the 26th Ivy squad to reach the Final Four and two victories shy of becoming the 13th team to play for a National Championship.