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Syracuse women’s lacrosse earns No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament; will play Loyola/Hofstra winner

The pursuit of the first national title in program history starts on May 16.

NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship - Semifinal Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Syracuse Orange women's lacrosse team had a phenomenal regular season.

They went 14-3, had eight wins over top-10 ranked teams, and averaged five more goals per game than their opponents, all while playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country.

On the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night, Gary Gait and his Syracuse Orange found out that their excellent season earned them the No. 3 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

As a top-3 seed, they will get a first-round bye and play the winner of Loyola vs. Hofstra in the second round. Syracuse was chosen as one of the host sites for the opening weekend of the tournament, so that game will be in the Dome.

The game will be next Sunday, May 16 at 1 PM on ESPN 3.

Loyola went 11-2 this year and won the Patriot League, while Hofstra went 6-6 in the Colonial. For those of you that forgot, Syracuse thrashed Loyola, 18-6, in the season opener back in February down in Baltimore.

This year’s women’s tournament will get underway with first round games on May 14 and the second round on May 16. The quarter finals will be May 22-23, and the Final Four will be May 28 & 30 in Towson, MD.

This is the 9th straight NCAA Tournament Gary Gait’s team has qualified for, going back to 2011 and obviously not including 2020’s shortened season. Syracuse is still searching for their first ever NCAA championship in women’s lacrosse. The Orange were the runner-up in 2012 and 2014, but haven’t been to Final Four weekend since 2016.

What do you think about SU’s placement? Agree or disagree with their seeding? And how do you feel about their chances in this tournament?

Let me know in the comments below, and let’s get ready for a fun postseason ride!

Oh, and check out Steve, Christian and I from last night as we did the LiveStream while watching the Selection Show, reacting and analyzing the draws for both the men’s and women's teams. Want to hear me complain about Northwestern getting the No. 2 and SU getting the No. 3? Oh, that’s in there. Check it out below...