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Nov. 13, 2022 — What’s also good for the gander

This afternoon, there are eight scheduled field hockey games in the Division I and Division III quarterfinal round. And as is usual, all eight of them are being played within a four-hour window.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Last spring, thanks to the activism of people like Liz Robertshaw and Taylor Cummings, the NCAA changed its women’s lacrosse schedule to be more or less equal to the men’s game, in that the four NCAA quarterfinal matches would have their own broadcast windows.

It helps that Division I women’s lacrosse has a solid broadcast partner in ESPN, and they were able to clear out space on ESPNU on a Thursday so that the four quarterfinal matches could be played from noon to 10 p.m. so that each of the games were not treading on the other.

ESPN and the NCAA did this because the men’s lacrosse tournament has, for years, guaranteed solo broadcast windows for its men’s lacrosse quarterfinals by playing two doubleheaders on the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day. These would be in sizable sites such as Ohio Stadium and Rentschler Field (where the quarters were held in 2022), as opposed to the women, who played at campus sites.

I think it’s about time that the NCAA Tournament Committee and the broadcast partners start advocating for a broadcast schedule that will allow fans of the game to watch so many of these amazing games that have occurred over the course of the weekend.