North Carolina Inks Top Spot in Upcoming ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship

April 17, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pairings for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship have been determined, as announced by the league office on Saturday, April 17. North Carolina earned the top spot in the upcoming three-day lacrosse championship, which will be held April 22-25 at Ludwig Field on the campus of the University of Maryland.

The second-ranked Tar Heels concluded the regular season with a 4-1 ACC mark, a league record that pits North Carolina, Maryland (4-1) and Virginia (4-1) as ACC tri-champions for 2010.

According to the league’s seeding tie-breaker procedures, North Carolina earned the edge due to a positive-three goal differential between the tied teams. Against one another all three programs went 1-1 and each defeated Duke, Boston College and Virginia Tech in head-to-head competition.

The Tar Heels, led by a trio of Tewaaraton nominees in Kristen Carr, Logan Ripley, and Jenn Russell, earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of No. 4 seed Duke and No. 5 seed Boston College on Friday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET in semifinals action of the annual ACC Tournament.

Maryland, which also tabbed three of its student-athletes on the 2010 Tewaaraton candidate list (Karri Ellen Johnson, Caitlin McFadden, and Karissa Taylor), earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament, thanks to the third-ranked Terrapins March 5th 11-5 win over Virginia. Maryland will also enjoy a first-round bye and will challenge either No. 3 Virginia or No. 6 seed Virginia Tech in semifinals action on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Non-conference action continues tomorrow, Sunday, April 18, as Boston College travels to Brown University and UNC takes to the road to face Northwestern, a squad that has occupied the top spot in the polls all nine weeks of the 2010 regular season.

2010 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Schedule
Ludwig Field, College Park, Maryland

Thursday, April 22
#4 Duke vs. #5 Boston College, 2:30 p.m. (ACC Select, theACC.com)
3 Virginia vs. #6 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Select, theACC.com)

Friday, April 23
#1 North Carolina vs. #4 Duke/#5 Boston College, 2:30 p.m. (ACC Select, theACC.com)
#2 Maryland vs. #3 Virginia/#6 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Select, theACC.com)

Sunday, April 25
Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (Fox Sports)