Five ACC Teams Earn Bids to #NCAAWLax Championship

May 5, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five Atlantic Coast Conference women’s lacrosse programs were among the 26 selected to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, as announced Sunday evening. The five teams selected ties a conference record, set previously in 2011.

The ACC has had at least four teams in the NCAA Tournament in nine consecutive years and in 14 of the 17 years that the league has sponsored the sport. The league tied for the most bids of any conference in the nation with the Big East, and the six ACC teams were a combined 18-9 against the tournament field during the regular season.

Maryland (19-0), which won its fifth straight ACC Championship and earned the No. 1 overall seed, will make its national-best 29th all-time appearance in the tournament and the 24th consecutive. The Terrapins have made 17 championship game appearances and have won 10 NCAA titles, and will face the winner of Stony Brook and Towson at noon on May 12.

North Carolina (14-3), the No. 3 seed, earned a bid for the ninth consecutive year and the 15th time overall. The Tar Heels are a top-four seed for the fifth year in a row and will host the winner of Loyola Maryland and High point at 1 p.m. on May 12.

Boston College (12-7) earned its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history and will face Dartmouth (10-7) in the first round on May 10 at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to play host and fourth-seeded Syracuse.

Duke (12-5) will travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on Princeton (10-6) on May 10 in the program’s 16th consecutive postseason appearance. The Blue Devils have an 11-3 mark in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and are 17-15 all-time in the event with six appearances in the national semifinals.

Virginia (9-9) earned an at-large bid and will take on Penn (11-5) at 3 p.m. on May 10. It is the program’s 18th consecutive appearance and 26th overall in the tournament, where it is 29-22 with three national championships. The winner of the first round game will face sixth-seeded Georgetown.

ACC squads finished the season with a 54-12 mark against nonconference opponents and had a 16-7 record against teams in the national polls. The six teams that make up the league have combined to win 13 national championships in the 31-year history of the sport.

The 2013 championship marks the first time that 26 teams will compete in the tournament. 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 12. The quarterfinals are scheduled for May 18 or May 19, also held at campus sites. Villanova University will host the semifinals on Friday, May 24, and the championship on Sunday, May 26.