UVA And JMU Lacrosse Teams Learn Postseason Seedings
The past week been incredibly difficult for the lacrosse community in general, and the University of Virginia teams in particular.
Far more attention has been focused away from the field, at a time when most schools are usually simply keeping their fingers-crossed in hopes of a trip to the postseason.
Some of that focus was shifted back onto the game Sunday night, as the pairings were announced for the men's and women's NCAA tournament field.
The Virginia men earned the number one overall seed in 2009, and they get it again this year, hosting Mount Saint Mary's in the opening round.
The Cavaliers take on the Mountaineers Saturday at 7:30 at Klockner Stadium.
Two-time defending national champion Syracuse is the two-seed, while the ACC's Maryland, North Carolina, and Duke round out the top five seeds.
UVA put together an excellent tournament resume to earn the top spot.
The ACC champion Cavaliers are ranked number one in the nation, and finished the regular season with a record of 14-1.
Virginia beat five teams ranked in the top-five during the season, including then #1 Syracuse, and #2 North Carolina.
The UVA and JMU women's were teams also awaiting their postseason fates Sunday night.
The Virginia women will be the six-seed in the tournament, and will host Towson Sunday at Klockner Stadium at either noon or 1pm.
UVA is currently ranked 5th in the nation, and sport a record of 13-5.
The Cavaliers lost their last two games, falling to #3 Maryland in the ACC semifinals, and at #2 Northwestern in their season finale.
The ACC champion Terrapins are the top-seed in the NCAA tournament, while five-time defending champion Northwestern is the two-seed.
James Madison is seeded fifth, and will host automatic qualifier Stanford Saturday at 1pm.
JMU is in a nine-game winning streak, after winning the CAA championship Saturday in Harrisonburg, and earning the leagues automatic bid to the sixteen team field.
The Dukes are 16-2 overall, and in the tournament for the first time since 2006.
"I'm really excited about what this team is capable of," says JMU head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe. "Every time they win they gain more and more confidence. We keep getting better and better, and I think we're peaking at exactly the right time. We've been doing really great all year long, and it'll be great to be able to play in front of our own fans."