Committee announces field of 26 for Div. I women's lacrosse tournament
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee has selected the 26 teams to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
Eight sites will host first- and second-round competition Friday, May 9, and Sunday, May 11, and four quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, May 17 or Sunday, May 18. These preliminary-round games will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Towson May 23 and 25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland. The semifinal games will be shown live on ESPN3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 23. The championship game will air live on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 25. Tickets for the championship games at Towson can be purchased here.
Thirteen conferences had conference champions awarded automatic qualification for the 2014 championship. The remaining 13 teams were selected on an at-large basis.
In the 2013 championship, North Carolina captured its first national championship by scoring a 13-12 (3OT) win against Maryland in the championship played at Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Maryland will be making its 25th consecutive appearance in the championship (1990-2014). Other teams with consecutive appearance streaks of seven or more years include Virginia (19, 1996-2014), Duke (17, 1998-2014), Northwestern (11, 2004-2014), North Carolina (10, 2005-2014) and Penn (8, 2007-2014).
Teams receiving automatic qualification:
America East Conference: Stony Brook
American Lacrosse Conference: Florida
Atlantic Coast Conference: Maryland
Atlantic Sun Conference: Jacksonville
Atlantic 10 Conference: Massachusetts
Big East Conference: Louisville
Big South Conference: High Point
Colonial Athletic Association: Towson
The Ivy League: Penn
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Canisius
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation: Denver
Northeast Conference: Bryant
Patriot League: Loyola Maryland
Teams selected at-large: