2011 Championship Bracket in PDF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Georgetown has earned the No. 1 seed for the 2011 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship and looks to defend its 2010 tournament title beginning Thursday, May 5. The Hoyas, who will host the 2011 BIG EAST Championship on campus at the Multi-Sport Field, will take on No. 4 seed Notre Dame at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET.
Earlier in the evening, No. 2 seed Syracuse will take on No. 3 seed Loyola at 5:30 p.m.
Both games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The semifinal winners will meet on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. ET in a game also shown on the CBS Sports Network.
No. 1 seed Georgetown (9-7, 7-1 BIG EAST) won the league's regular-season crown for the third straight year and 10th time overall. The Hoyas lone league loss came on April 23 at Notre Dame by the score of 13-10. Georgetown is ranked No. 16/17 in the national polls (IWLCA/Inside Lacrosse).
No. 2 seed Syracuse (10-7, 7-1 BIG EAST) also clinched a share of the regular-season crown with a 7-1 mark in conference play. The Orange lost to Georgetown on April 16 by the score of 12-8 giving the Hoyas the top seed in the tournament. Syracuse is ranked No. 18 in the IWLCA poll and is arguably the hottest team in the league having won five in a row.
No. 3 seed Loyola (14-2, 6-2 BIG EAST) is ranked No. 7/5 in the national polls and having one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Greyhounds began the year 12-0 and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation. The team's only two losses this year came by a total of three goals. Loyola lost to Georgetown 15-13 on April 19 and lost to Syracuse 10-9 on April 29. A 13-10 win over Notre Dame on April 3 gave the Greyhounds the No. 3 seed.
No. 4 seed Notre Dame (9-8, 6-2) enters the tournament having won four of their last five games. The Irish knocked off Georgetown 13-10 on April 23 handing the Hoyas their only league loss. The two Notre Dame league losses have come against Loyola 13-10 on April 3 and Syracuse 12-7 on April 10.
The BIG EAST Championship began in 2007 and was won by Syracuse. The Orange also won in 2008, while Notre Dame was victorious in 2009. Georgetown won the 2010 tournament.