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Six of the league’s seven team are among the top 8 seeds
GREENSBORO, N.C. – A record seven Atlantic Coast Conference women’s lacrosse programs were among the 26 selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, as announced Sunday evening. Six of the ACC’s seven teams in the NCAA Championship are among the top eight seeds.
The ACC has had at least four teams in the NCAA Tournament in 10 consecutive years and in 15 of the 18 years that the league has sponsored the sport. The ACC leads all leagues for the most bids of any conference in the nation, and the seven teams selected surpasses the previous record of five teams set twice in 2011 and 2013.
Maryland (19-1), which won its sixth straight ACC Championship and earned the No. 1 overall seed, will make its national-best 30th all-time appearance in the tournament and the 25th consecutive. The Terrapins have made 18 championship game appearances and have won 10 NCAA titles, and will face the winner of Canisius and Penn on May 11.
Syracuse (18-1), the No. 2 seed, earned its 12th overall trip to the NCAA Championship. The Orange will play the winner of Stony Brook and Towson on May 11. The No. 2 seed is a program best for Syracuse.
North Carolina (14-4), the No. 3 seed, earned a bid for the 10th consecutive year and the 16th time overall. The Tar Heels are a top-four seed for the sixth year in a row and will begin their title defense on May 11 when it hosts the winner of Georgetown and Johns Hopkins.
Virginia (10-8), the No. 6 seed, will take on the winner of Penn and Princeton on May 11. It is the program’s 19th consecutive appearance and 27th overall in the tournament, where it is 31-23 with three national championships.
Boston College (13-5), the No. 7 seed, earned its third NCAA Championship berth in program history and will host Bryant in the first round on May 9.
Notre Dame (9-8), the No. 8 seed, earned its ninth overall selection to the NCAA Championship, and will host High Point in the first round on May 9.
Duke (9-7) will travel to Notre Dame, Ind., to take on Stanford on May 19 in the program’s 17th consecutive postseason appearance. The Blue Devils have a 12-3 mark in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and are 19-16 all-time in the event with six appearances in the national semifinals.
ACC squads finished the season with a 60-10 mark against nonconference opponents and had a 14-6 record against teams in the national polls. The ACC owns 14 national championships in the 32-year history of the sport.
The top eight seeds will host first and second round games with the top six teams receiving byes. The tournament gets underway Friday, May 10, with the first round and the second round on Sunday, May 11. The quarterfinals are scheduled for May 17 or May 18, also held at campus sites. Towson will host the semifinals on Friday, May 23, and the championship on Sunday, May 25.