May 4, 1997

UVa Picked for NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee anounced today that the University of Virginia (11-2 record) has been chosen for the 21st overall time and the fifth consecutive time for the 1997 Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Cavaliers are seeded second and will receive a bye in the first round of the 27th NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.

UVa will meet the winner of Georgetown vs. Maryland(Sunday, May 11, at Towson St.) for the right to play in the quarterfinal round of the 12-team tournament at the University of Maryland at College Park, Sunday, May 18. UVa has played Maryland (won 15-14 two overtimes) during the 1997 season and is 5-2 vs. the Tournament field.

UVa is 21-19 in 20 previous tournament's games(7-4 under coach Dom Starsia, includng three semifinal round appearances and two finals(including a 13-12 overtime loss to Princeton at Maryland in 1996). Only Maryland(22) and Johns Hopkins(26) have appeared in more tournaments.

The first round games are at Army(Massachusetts(8, 8-5) vs, Hofstra(9-5) and Duke(5, 10-3 vs Brown(8-6) and at Towson St.(Loyola 6, 9-3) vs. Notre Dame( 9-2) and Georgetown(7, 9-4) vs. Maryland(8-4).. The Duke-Brown winner will go to Maryland to play Johns Hopkins(4,10-3). The UMass-Hofstra winner will advance to Hofstra to play Princeton(1, 11-0). The Loyola-Notre Dame winner advances to Hofstra to play Syracuse(3, 10-2). The Georgetown-Maryland winner advances to Maryland to play Virginia(2, 11-2).

First round games are May 10-11, and the quarterfinals will be played May 17-18. UVa's game will be Sunday, May 18, at 3:45 PM at Maryland.

The semifinals and finals are at Maryland, May 24 and May 26.