Tuesday, May 8, 2007

DUKE TOP SEED IN LAX TOURNEY

Led by number one seed Duke, the Atlantic Coast Conference will be well represented in the 2007 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Virginia, last year’s National Champion and runner-up in the recent ACC tourney to the Blue Devils, received the No. 2 seed, while Maryland and UNC are seventh and eighth-seeded, respectively.

The Blue Devils, winners of nine in a row and owners of a 14-2 overall record, will make their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the squad hosts Providence College . The winner will battle the winner of North Carolina and Navy in quarterfinals action in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, May 20.

Virginia will host Delaware in first round action on Sunday, May 13 at 5 pm in C’ville. The third-ranked Cavaliers are 12-3 this season and have been ranked in the top 10 all season long. The 2007 NCAA Tournament marks the Cavs' 30th appearance overall, second behind Johns Hopkins (36). The winner of this game faces the winner of the UMBC at Maryland game in the quarterfinals at Navy on Sunday, May 20.

As the No. 7 seed Maryland will host UMBC in the first round at Chevy Chase Bank, Phillips Crab House, Boardwalk Fries and Natty Bo Field at Byrd Stadium, Saturday, May 12. The Terps were 10-5 on the season and were awarded one of nine at-large bids to the tournament. Earlier this season the Terps won an 11-7 decision over the Retrievers at Chevy Chase Bank, Phillips Crab House, Boardwalk Fries and Natty Bo Field at Byrd Stadium.

North Carolina earned the No. 8 seed in the field of 16 teams and will play host to Patriot League champion Navy Saturday. The Tar Heels finished the regular season 9-5 and makes their second showing in the tournament in the past four years under the tutelage of head coach John Haus.

Making 23 appearances in the title game, the ACC holds 10 NCAA titles as Virginia and North Carolina have four apiece. Maryland has two national championships (1973 and 1975), while defending national champ Virginia also won titles in 1972, 1999, 2003. The Tar Heels earned crowns in 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1991.

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