10 of the last 14 National Champions.
22 National Champions overall.
16 of the last 28 National Title game participants.
In seven of the last eight years, the Final Four has included three of them.
Every NCAA Lacrosse Championship game since 1971 will have included one of these teams except for three.
When the Syracuse Orange and Notre Dame Fighting Irish join the Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins and North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC, they'll basically have formed the most ridiculous college lacrosse conference the NCAA has ever seen.
Some have described it as college lacrosse's version of SEC football and that seems pretty accurate. Virginia, Syracuse and Maryland are three of the biggest traditional powerhouses in the sport, Duke and Notre Dame have emerged as the heirs to the throne and, you know, North Carolina ain't exactly all that shabby.
"Oh, my god, I don’t need to add Notre Dame to what I already had," Starsia said. "The ripples will be felt far and wide. Notre Dame is now going to have to get on Virginia’s schedule, on Maryland and Duke’s schedule. Carolina has to get Syracuse and Notre Dame on its schedule. You’re dropping people to do that.
"Again, the question will be, what do you do about the ACC tournament? Now you’ll have five games against top teams in the country, then potentially two more?"
The conference will now have enough teams for AQ status, which means they can hold a legitimate ACC Tournament. And even though the tournament will likely only include four teams, it's not inconceivable to think all six teams will routinely make the NCAA Tournament. If Alabama winning the National Title in football even though they didn't play for the SEC Championship annoyed you, wait til you get a load of the last place ACC team winning the National Title.
For the Orange, it means you can add one more power to a schedule that's already going to be loaded with them. Assuming the Orange continue to play Johns Hopkins and schedule their usual way, SOS will basically cease to be a concern ever again.
Of course, the bad news for the Big East is that just when it was starting to establish itself, it will now lose it's No. 1 and No. 2 programs. It's now up to Villanova and Georgetown to carry the load while Providence, St. John's, Rutgers and Marquette catch-up. Losing games against both SU and ND is killer.
Meanwhile, the AQ status and addition of more programs could be the impetus for a Virginia Tech or Florida State to consider pushing their own lacrosse programs to the next level. They might get slaughtered for a while but its easier to sell recruits with a schedule like this.
Since the move further makes a mockery of the SOS that is so important to the NCAA Tournament seeding, some are speculating we could see an expansion in the NCAA because of this. It's true that the rich just got richer and a sport that needs expansion and growth just centralized its power yet again. It's most likely in the best interest of the sport to expand the NCAA Tourney so you don't keep out deserving teams while also making sure the national footprint continues to grow.
College Crosse has a full roundup of thoughts on the impending move and what it means to the sport.