Three Women's Lacrosse Teams Selected For NCAA Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - For the third consecutive year, the BIG EAST Conference tied a league record as three women's lacrosse teams were selected to compete in the 16-team, Division I NCAA Championship. Georgetown (13-5), Notre Dame (11-6) and Syracuse (13-6) all earned a berth marking the fourth time overall the BIG EAST has had three teams selected. The feat also was accomplished in 2009, 2008 and 2002.

Georgetown earned the league's automatic berth by winning its first BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship and was awarded the No. 4 seed. On the heels of an undefeated 8-0 mark in league action, the Hoyas won the BIG EAST Championship held this past weekend at Rutgers by knocking off Loyola 11-9 on May 6 and Syracuse 13-11 on May 8. Georgetown is making its 12th NCAA Championship appearance and its ninth under BIG EAST membership. The Hoyas are led by senior Molly Ford, who most recently was named the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship. Ford totaled team highs of 72 points, 47 goals and 25 assists this year.

As the No. 4 seed, Georgetown will host league rival Syracuse on May 15 at 1 p.m. ET. It will be the third meeting between the Hoyas and Orange in the last three weeks. Georgetown won the first two matchups beating Syracuse 10-9 during the regular season on May 1 and topping the Orange 13-11 in the title game of the BIG EAST Championship on May 8.

Syracuse earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship and will head to No. 4 seed Georgetown on Saturday May 15 at 1 p.m. ET. The Orange are making their ninth overall appearance in the NCAA Championship. Offensively, Syracuse is led by two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Christina Dove. The senior leads the league with 90 points this year (63 goals, 27 assists) and earlier this season surpassed 300 points for her career and set the school's career scoring mark. Defensively, Syracuse is led by BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Liz Hogan. The junior leads the league with an 8.72 goals against average and a .515 save percentage.

The winner of the Syracuse-Georgetown game will take on the winner between No. 5 seed James Madison and Stanford in the quarterfinals. The GU-SU result will ensure that a BIG EAST team advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 10th consecutive season.

Notre Dame also earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship and will travel to No. 2 seed Northwestern on May 15 at 1 p.m. The game will be a rematch of a contest held earlier this year in Evanston, Ill., which the Wildcats won 15-5 on March 30. Notre Dame is making its sixth trip to the NCAA Championship and its third straight. Offensively, the Irish are led by senior Gina Scioscia and junior Shaylyn Blaney. Scioscia has a team-high 59 points, including 38 goals while Blaney has 43 points, including a team-high 40 goals.

The semifinals and title game of the 2010 NCAA Championship are set for May 28 and 30 at Doc Minnegan Field in Towson, Md. First, second and quarterfinal games will be held on campus sites.
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