INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee has selected the 26 teams to compete in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
Eight sites will host first- and second-round competition Friday, May 13, and Sunday, May 15, and four quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, May 21 or Sunday, May 22. 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 Saint Joseph’s University May 27 and 29 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. The semifinal games will be shown live on ESPN3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, May 27. The championship game will air live on ESPNU at Noon, Sunday, May 29. Tickets for the championship games at Talen Energy Stadium can be purchased online at http://www.ncaa.com/tickets.
Thirteen conferences, including the America East Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference, Big East Conference, Big South Conference, Big Ten Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, The Ivy League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Northeast Conference and Patriot League had conference champions awarded automatic qualification for the 2016 championship. The remaining 13 teams were selected on an at-large basis.
Teams Receiving Automatic Qualification:
|America East Conference||Stony Brook University|
|Atlantic 10 Conference||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Atlantic Coast Conference||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|Atlantic Sun Conference||Old Dominion University|
|Big East Conference||University of Florida|
|Big South Conference||Winthrop University|
|Big Ten Conference||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Colonial Athletic Association||Towson University|
|The Ivy League||Cornell University|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Canisius College|
|Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||University of Southern California|
|Northeast Conference||Wagner College|
|Patriot League||Loyola University Maryland|
Teams Selected At-Large:
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Louisville
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
University of Virginia
In the 2015 championship, Maryland captured its 12th national championship by scoring a 9-8 win over North Carolina in the championship played at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.
NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse championship information is available on www.NCAA.com/wlacrosse.