May 5, 1997

Virginia Men's and Women's Lacrosse Teams Head for NCAA Tournament

The Virginia men's and women's lacrosse teams, both ranked second in their respective polls, were selected to participate in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.

The UVa men (11-2) were seeded second in NCAA Tournament and will receive a first round bye. UVa was selected for an NCAA bid for the 21st time. Only Maryland (22nd) and Johns Hopkins (26th) have received more bids. UVa has a first round bye for the second year in a row. UVa will play the winner of Georgetown vs. Maryland, Sunday, May 18, at 3:45 PM, at Maryland. Maryland plays Georgetown, May 11, at Towson St. The winner of the UVa game plays in the semifinals at Maryland in the NCAA Championships, May 24. The finals are May 26, at Maryland. UVa beat Maryland in the regular season (UVA 15-14 2 OT at home).

UVa trails the series with Maryland 35-24, with the last two games being wins. UVa has never played Georgetown before. UVa is 0-2 in NCAA play vs. Maryland. UVa is 3-4 in NCAA games at College Park.

The UVa women (14-4) were seeded third in the Tournament and will host sixth-seeded North Carolina on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. in Klockner Stadium. Virginia has won more tournament games (8) in the 1990's than any other team and have advanced to the title game three times this decade. The Cavaliers have hosted a first-round game three of the last five years and have received a bye into the final four once in that time. The Cavaliers have faced six of the seven other teams in the tournament and 4-4 versus the field.

The Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinals and championship game will be played at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. on May 17-18.

Men's Tournament

First Round May 10 at West Point, NY Brown (8-6) vs. No. 5 Duke (10-3) Hofstra (9-5) vs. No. 8 UMass (8-5) May 11 at Towson, Md. Notre Dame (9-2) vs. No. 6 Loyola (9-3) Maryland (8-4) vs. No. 8 Georgetown (9-4) Quarterfinals May 17 at Hempstead, N.Y. Nortre Dame-Loyla winner vs. No.3 Syracuse (10-2) Hofstra-UMass winner vs. No. 1 Princeton (11-0) May 18 at College Park, Md. Brown-Duke winner vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins (10-2) Georgetown-Maryland winner vs. No. 2 Virginia (11-2) Semifinals and Finals May 24-26 at College Park, Md.

Women's Tournament

May 10 at campus sites No. 8 Penn State (10-5) at No. 1 Maryland (18-1) No. 5 James Madison (12-4) at No. 4 Temple (13-2) No. 6 North Carolina (13-3) at No. 3 Virginia (14-4) No. 7 William & Mary (10-5) at No. 2 Loyola (13-2) Semifinals May 17 at Bethlehem, Pa. National Championship game May 18 at Bethlehem, Pa.