The NCAA has released the bracket for this year’s lacrosse national championship. At 14-1, Loyola Maryland earned the #1 overall seed. Perennial power Johns Hopkins is the #2 seed. The ACC’s very own Duke is the #3 seed, while Notre Dame is the #4 seed.
All five ACC schools will be participants. Syracuse had to win the Big East conference championship to qualify, but they did so. But the Orange (9-7) were “rewarded” with a game against Duke (14-3). The only ACC teams to have rematches in the tournament, Duke already defeated Syracuse earlier in the season, 12-10. The game will be played at noon on May 12, 2012, in Durham.
Virginia was given a #5 seed. With such a hot start, it is disappointing for the Cavaliers to end up with only a 5 seed. The Cavs (11-3) will play Princeton (11-4). The game will be in Charlottesville on May 13, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Notre Dame is the top seed in the bracket.
North Carolina (11-5) is a #8 seed and landed an opening round matchup with Denver (8-6). The game will be played at Chapel Hill on May 12, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Loyola is the top seed in the bracket.
Maryland (9-5) will travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to take on #7 seed and host, Lehigh (14-2). The game will be played at 5:00 p.m. on May 12, 2012. Johns Hopkins is the top seed in the bracket.