Notre Dame, Villanova, Syracuse and St. John's will compete in the first-ever BIG EAST men's lacrosse championship, which will be held at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. on May 3 and 5.
The first semifinal will pit No. 1 seed Notre Dame against No. 4 seed St. John's at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPNU. At 7 p.m., No. 2 seed Villanova will match up against No. 3 seed Syracuse on ESPN3, with the game replayed on ESPNU at 11 p.m. The two semifinal winners will meet at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 to compete for the title.
The Fighting Irish clinched the regular-season title, going undefeated in league play at 6-0. Notre Dame, which posted an 11-1 regular-season record, defeated No. 17 Syracuse 8-6 in the final game of the regular season. The Fighting Irish have outscored their opponents 36-13 in the second half of the last five games. Notre Dame is 6-1 this season versus ranked opponents.
No. 15/13 Villanova went 4-2 in league play, falling to Providence in the final game of the regular season. The Wildcats posted an 8-6 overall record this season. Villanova has been ranked nationally all season and had won three-straight conference games before dropping the final two of the regular season.
The Orange wrapped up the regular season 7-7 overall, with a 3-3 mark in league play. Syracuse had a tough regular-season schedule, facing seven ranked opponents. SU will play Villanova in the semifinal, a rematch of the March 25 game in which the Wildcats edged Syracuse 11-10 for the victory.
St. John's finishes the regular season at 7-6, tied with Syracuse with a 3-3 conference record. St. John's and Syracuse met on March 10, with the Orange posting a 9-8 victory. The Red Storm wrapped up the conference regular season with an 8-4 win against Providence on April 21.
Men's lacrosse is the BIG EAST's 24th sport and the 11th men's sport - the 2009-10 academic year was the first for the BIG EAST men's lacrosse league.