BIG EAST Gets Top Two Seeds in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

 

 

Two BIG EAST men's lacrosse teams were selected to compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship as the top two seeds when the 16-team field was announced on Sunday, May 5. Syracuse (13-3) earned the league's automatic bid with a 13-9 win against Villanova in the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship on May 4, while Notre Dame (10-4) was given an at-large bid.

 

Syracuse is the top overall seed and will host Bryant (8-10) in the first round on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The Orange went 5-1 in conference play to earn a share of the BIG EAST regular season title before winning their second-straight BIG EAST Championship title. Heading into the postseason, SU was ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense (12.14 gpg) and eighth nationally in shot percentage (.323). The Orange went 7-0 against ranked opponents and have won eight of their last nine games. The winner of Syracuse vs. Bryant will play the winner of Yale against Penn State.

 

Notre Dame is the second overall seed and will host Detroit in the first round on Saturday, May 11 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The Irish went 4-2 in BIG EAST play and earned the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Championship, where they lost to eventual-champion Syracuse. ND posted victories against six ranked teams during the regular season and won four of their last five games of the regular season. The Irish entered the postseason ranked 28th nationally in scoring offense (10.46 gpg) and were tied for ninth nationally in scoring defense (8.08). The winner between Notre Dame and Detroit will face the winner of Duke/Loyola (Md.).

 

First-round games are held on the campuses of participating institutions in a single-elimination format, while the quarterfinals will be played at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on May 18 and Lucas Oil Stadium on May 19. This year's national semifinals and championship games will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 25-27.