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April 16, 2011 (updated April 17)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Pairings for the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship have been determined, as announced by the league office on Saturday, April 16, and were amended on Sunday, April 17. Maryland earned the top spot in the upcoming three-day lacrosse championship, which will be held April 21, 22 and 24 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The nation's top-ranked Terrapins own an impressive 15-0 record, including a 5-0 ACC mark, and earned the top seed in this year's league championship. The regular season crown marks the 10th overall for Maryland and fifth consecutive. The Terrapins earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of No. 4 seed Boston College and No. 5 seed Virginia Tech on Friday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. ET in semifinals action of the annual ACC Tournament.
Duke collected the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming tournament and will challenge the winner of No. 3 North Carolina and No. 6 seed Virginia in semifinals action on Friday at 7 p.m.
Boston College, Virginia and Virginia Tech finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the standings, yet the Eagles pulled out with the No. 4 seed after following the league's seeding tie-breaker procedures. All three teams finished 1-1 against each other and all fell at the hands of conference opponents Maryland, Duke and North Carolina. Thus, the ties were ultimately determined by goal differentials, including a maximum positive-five for any one game.
Following Saturday's tournament seeding release, it was determined that the intent of a 2007 recommendation by the Women's Lacrosse Committee, which includes all six head coaches, was not accounted for in the seeding tie-breaker procedures. The intent of the recommendation was to break the entire three-way tie by goal differential, and not by head-to-head competition between the two remaining tied teams. Thus, Virginia Tech collects the No. 5 seed and the Cavaliers earn the No. 6 seed in the upcoming league event.
Last year, Maryland won its second straight ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship by defeating top-seeded North Carolina, 10-5, at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md.
2011 ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship Bracket
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.
Thursday, April 21
#4 Boston College vs. #5 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
#3 North Carolina vs. #6 Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
Friday, April 22
#1 Maryland vs. #4 Boston College/#5 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
#2 Duke vs. #3 North Carolina/#6 Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
Sunday, April 24
Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (FOX Sports, RSN-TV)