VILLANOVA, Pa. - Syracuse takes on No. 1 overall seed Maryland on Friday night, May 24 in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship on ESPN3. The game is set to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET at Villanova Stadium. SU looks to return to the title game of the NCAA Championship for the second year. Orange head coach Gary Gait spent seven seasons at Maryland (1995-2001) as an assistant coach.
The Orange (18-3) are the No. 4 seed in the tournament, have won 13 in a row and have not lost since March 30. The winner advances to the NCAA title game against either North Carolina or Northwestern on May 26 at 8 p.m. at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa., on ESPNU.
• Maryland leads the all-time series 13-1, including a 19-11 victory earlier this season. SU won the regular-season meeting last year 10-9 on March 10.
• As a No. 4 seed, the Orange matched their highest seed in program history and are making their 11th appearance in the NCAAs.
• SU is one of two schools to have both its men's and women's teams advance in the NCAA Championship along with Duke.
• The Orange went undefeated in conference play (8-0) for the second straight year and third time in the program's history. The Orange won their sixth regular-season conference crown in the last seven years. SU also won the league's tournament title for the first time since 2008.
• The Orange have an all-time record of 11-10 in NCAA Tournament play. Last year SU advanced to the title game.
The Fab Five - A league-record five BIG EAST women's lacrosse teams were selected for the NCAA Championship: Syracuse earned the league's automatic berth, while Georgetown, Loyola, Notre Dame and Connecticut were at-large selections. The five league teams selected for the NCAA Championship is easily the best in BIG EAST history. The league had previously sent three teams in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2002.
Making History - During the regular season, the BIG EAST held a robust nonconference record of 58-18 (.763 winning percentage) the highest mark in conference history (the league added women's lacrosse in 2001).