Maryland was the only area men’s lacrosse team to receive a bid to the 16-team NCAA tournament, the selections for which were announced Sunday night. The sixth-seeded Terrapins (10-3) will face Cornell (12-3) in a first-round game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Byrd Stadium.
The Terrapins and Big Red have not met since 2000. But they have played three times in the NCAA tournament, including the 1971 and 1976 title games.
The other news from the unveiling is that Johns Hopkins (9-5) did not make the tournament for the first time since 1971; the span of 41 consecutive NCAA tournament berths was a Division I record. The Miami baseball program has the longest current streak of NCAA tournament appearances with 40.
The NCAA women’s tournament field also was unveiled last night. Maryland (19-0) received the No. 1 seed and will host the winner of a first-round game between Towson (10-8) and Stony Brook (16-2) on Sunday. Georgetown (13-5) received the No. 6 seed and will face the winner of a first-round game between Penn (11-5) and Virginia (9-9) on Sunday. And No. 8 Navy (18-1) has a first-round game against Monmouth (13-6).
In the men’s field, Big East champion Syracuse (13-3) is the No. 1 overall seed. The NCAA tournament selection committee considered five teams for the No. 1 seed, committee chairman Jim Siedliski said during the selection show. “We were pretty convinced that Syracuse, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Denver and North Carolina had all separated themselves and all had a good stake at number one,” Siedliski said. “But when we started to drill down it was Ohio State, North Carolina and Denver for [seeds] three, four and five.”
Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed.
Among area teams, Navy (3-10) set a program record for losses in a season; Georgetown (6-9) reached the four-team Big East tournament but had its first losing record since 1989; and Virginia (7-8) missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
Maryland has not won an NCAA title since 1975. It reached the past two NCAA title games but lost both. And the Terrapins’ first-round matchup will be as difficult as any. The Big Red is led by senior Rob Pannell (36 goals, 44 assists). “Cornell will” win the national title, said a Division I assistant who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Pannell is the best player since [Syracuse four-time first team all-American] Mikey Powell. He won’t be denied.”