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Syracuse women’s lacrosse earns No. 5 seed in NCAA Tournament, earns bye

It’s tournament time for the Orange — though the opponent is TBD.

via @CuseWLax

A lot of scripts were torn up in conference tournaments this weekend. The Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team headed into Sunday as a favorite for the 4 spot in the NCAAT. That is, until Northwestern knocked off No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament final. That win undoubtedly moved the Wildcats into the coveted top four. SU will have to be content with the No. 5 seed and a home field advantage plus a first round bye. They will face the winner of Penn (12-5) and Georgetown (11-8) in the second round on Sunday, May 12.

Syracuse has not faced either of these teams this year, but have played them in the past. The last meeting between the ‘Cuse and the Quakers was in the second round of the 2015 NCAAT, a 13-10 victory for SU. It’s been a longer wait against the Hoyas. The Orange last faced Georgetown in their final season in the Big East, taking both the regular season contest 13-7 and the Big East Tournament final 14-7 in 2013.

Penn got in as an at-large team and finished third in the Ivy League regular season. However, the Quakers made it to the ILT final before losing to Princeton. Penn is averaging 12 goals a game, while giving up 10, which makes them a pretty good defensive squad.

Notable games for Penn:

  • 11-10 win over Johns Hopkins
  • 8-7 win over Georgetown
  • 14-9 loss to Maryland
  • 10-9 win over Duke
  • 17-13 loss to Northwestern
  • 1-1 vs. Dartmouth (15-11 regular season loss), but a 15-14 win in Ivy League Tournament
  • 0-2 vs. Princeton: 13-11 loss in regular season, 13-9 loss in Ivy League final

Georgetown needed to win the Big East Tournament to get into the NCAAT this year and they did just that with a dramatic come from behind double overtime win over Denver in the final. The Hoyas average between 12-13 goals a game, while also giving up just 10 goals a contest.

Notable games for Georgetown:

  • 12-11 loss to John’s Hopkins
  • 8-7 loss to Penn
  • 21-11 loss to Boston College
  • 13-10 loss to Loyola
  • 1-1 vs. Denver (16-9 loss in regular season, 9-8 double OT win in Big East Tournament)
  • 16-9 loss to Navy
  • 17-8 loss to Maryland

As you may have gathered from the lists, these two teams did play each other earlier in the year, with Penn winning 8-7 in Philadelphia. This one could go either way, but it should be a low scoring contest. My assessment is that if Syracuse focuses well in the second round and limits the mistakes, they should advance to the quarterfinals.

The Rest of the Field

No. 1 Maryland (1st round bye) will face the winner of Stony Brook and James Madison

No. 2 Boston College (1st round bye) will face the winner of Dartmouth and Colorado

No. 3 North Carolina (1st round bye) will face the winner of Florida and Johns Hopkins

No. 4 Northwestern (1st round bye) will face the winner of Notre Dame and Stanford

No. 5 Syracuse (1st round bye) will face the winner of Penn and Georgetown

No. 6 Virginia (1st round bye) will face the winner of Navy and High Point

No. 7 Princeton will play in the first round and will face the play-in winner between Fairfield and Wagner. The other first round game will be between Loyola and Richmond. The winners will face each other in the second round

No. 8 Michigan will play in the first round and will face the play-in winner between Mercer and Jacksonville. The other first round game will be between USC and Denver. The winners will face each other in the second round.

Times have not been set as of yet. However, first round games are generally on Friday, with the second rounds on Sunday. Another question is what venue the Orange will play in. The men’s lacrosse team did not get a seeded spot and will be traveling to Loyola for their first round game. In the past, the men have gotten a 7:30 pm game in the Dome while the women have played outside in the afternoon due to Graduation Commencement being in the morning. It is possible that the women could end up playing in the Dome on Sunday.