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Duke claims No. 1 seed; Five of six ACC teams to host first round.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – All six Atlantic Coast Conference men’s lacrosse programs were among the 18 selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, as announced Sunday evening. Five of the of the ACC’s six teams in the NCAA Championship are among the top eight seeds.
Duke (12-3) is the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed. The Blue Devils begin their NCAA title defense in Durham against the play-in game winner of Air Force and Richmond on Sunday, May 11. ESPNU will carry the 5:15 p.m. faceoff. The Blue Devils will be making their 18th appearance in the tournament, where they are 28-15 all-time and have two national championships.
Syracuse (11-4), the No. 2 seed, will make it 34th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship in program history. The Orange will take on the winner of the play-in game between Bryant and Siena in the first round on May 11, in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. Syracuse holds a 65-22 record in NCAA Tournament play. Its .747 tournament winning percentage is the best in NCAA history and its 65 tournament victories are second all-time behind Johns Hopkins (67).
Notre Dame (9-5), the 2014 ACC Champion, was selected as the No. 6 seed and will host Harvard (10-6) at Arlotta Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU on May 10. The Fighting Irish will be making their ninth straight appearance in the tournament and 19th overall in program history.
Maryland (11-3), the No. 7 seed, will be making its 12th consecutive and 37th overall appearance in the tournament where it has a 48-34 record. The Terrapins will face Cornell (11-4) in the first round on May 10 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. Maryland, which has won two national championships, has also made 21 appearances in the national semifinals.
No. 8 seed Virginia (10-5) will host Johns Hopkins in the first round on May 11 at 1 p.m., at Klöckner Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. The Cavaliers have won five NCAA titles and have received a bid in 20 of the last 22 seasons. The selection marks Virginia's 36th tournament appearance in program history.
North Carolina (10-4), will take to the road for the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Tar Heels play at No. 5 seed Denver (14-2) on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. North Carolina will be making its eighth consecutive appearance in the tournament and 29th in program history. The Tar Heels are 28-24 in tournament play and own four national titles.
ACC squads finished the season with a 47-5 mark against nonconference opponents and had 11 wins against teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. The six ACC teams combine for 23 national championships.
The tournament gets underway May 10-11 at campus sites. The quarterfinals, played a week later on May 17-18, will be held in Newark, Del., and Hempstead, N.Y. M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. will host the semifinals on May 24 and the championship on May 26.