The 2013 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship field has been set, with Georgetown, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Villanova competing for the title. The championship will be held at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. on May 2 and 4. In the first semifinal, played at 4:30 p.m. ET, No. 2 seed Syracuse will take on No. 3 seed Notre Dame on ESPNU. Following that game, No. 1 seed Villanova will face off against No. 4 seed Georgetown on ESPN3. Villanova and Syracuse shared the regular-season title, with the Wildcats earning the No. 1 seed by virtue of a 11-10 win against the Orange on March 23.
The semifinal winners will play for the title on Saturday, May 4 at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.
Villanova (6-7, 5-1) earned a share of its first regular-season title. The Wildcats wrapped up the regular season with a 19-11 win against Providence Saturday. Nine of the Wildcats' 13 opponents during the regular season were ranked in the top 20 nationally. In the Inside Lacrosse media poll, VU is ranked No. 19. Villanova has balanced scoring offensively, with five players recording 20 or more points this season. Leading the way is Jack Rice's 30 points, which all came from goals. Goalie Reed Carlson has logged over 477 minutes, posting a 9.56 goals-against average.
Syracuse enters the postseason 11-3 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play. As of Monday's polls, Syracuse was ranked in the top-10 of both, at No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse Media poll and No. 9 in the USILA poll. SU has four wins over ranked opponents this season. With a 10-4 win against
Notre Dame on Saturday at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, the Orange earned a share of the regular-season title. JoJo Marasco's 47 points (17g, 30a) leads SU offensively, while Dominic Lamolinara has logged over 528 minutes in net, posting an 8.97 goals-against average.
Notre Dame (10-3, 4-2 BIG EAST) earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament after falling to Syracuse 10-4 in both teams' regular season finale at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, held in MetLife Stadium. The Irish had won five-straight games heading into Saturday's game. Notre Dame entered the week ranked at the top of the Inside Lacrosse Magazine national poll, and No. 2 in the USILA poll. The Fighting Irish have defeated six ranked teams this season and are led offensively by Matt Kavanagh, who has 38 points on 25 goals and 13 assists. In the cage, goalie John Kemp has a 7.93 goals-against average a .528 save percentage.
Georgetown (6-8, 3-3 BIG EAST) was the final seed to be determined and the Hoyas controlled their own fate, needing to defeat Rutgers in the regular-season finale to continue playing into the postseason. GU defeated Rutgers 15-7 to clinch the playoff berth. Reilly O'Connor leads the Hoyas offensively with 50 points on 23 goals and 27 assists. Jake Haley has been minding the net for Georgetown, posting a 10.82 goals-against average.
Georgetown and Villanova met earlier in the season, with the Wildcats posting an 8-6 victory on April 3.
Three of the four seeds (Notre Dame, Syracuse, Villanova) return to the BIG EAST Championship in its second year, while the Hoyas are making their first trip and are led by first-year head coach Kevin Warne. Last year, Syracuse defeated St. John's in the tournament's title game to earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
Last year was the first year of the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship. Syracuse won the final and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.