Sunday night, the field was announced for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse during ESPNU’s live studio show. For the third straight year, the Maryland Terrapins claimed the top seed as they seek to repeat as national champions. The Great Danes of Albany came in as the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Yale and No. 4 Duke to round out the top four seeds.
Johns Hopkins, which won the Big Ten tournament, got the No. 5 seed, followed by the Patriot League’s top dog (greyhound) Loyola. Notre Dame, arguably the hottest team heading into the NCAA tournament, will play host to Denver as the seventh overall seed. The final hosting spot in the tournament went to Syracuse, which will welcome fellow New York squad Cornell to the Carrier Dome.
Canisius and Robert Morris will play in Wednesday’s play-in game for a chance to face the Terps. Richmond, who many thought would be in the opening round instead of Bobby Mo, will instead take on Albany.
The Virginia Cavaliers make their triumphant return to the post season (their first appearance since 2015) and will face Loyola in a night game in Baltimore. The Wahoos took down Loyola in dramatic fashion to open the season, winning with a Dox Aitken double-overtime goal. The winner of that matchup will take on the victor of Yale and UMass in the quarterfinal round in Hempstead.
Big East champ Georgetown will travel to Charm City to face the Blue Jays, and Villanova - the last team to squeak in off the bubble - has to road trip to Duke.
Below is the full bracket:
All of the games will be broadcast on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app.
Here is the full schedule:
Saturday, May 12
12pm: No. 3 Yale vs. UMass
2:15pm: No. 4 Duke vs. Villanova
5pm: No. 2 Albany vs. Richmond
7:15pm: No. 6 Loyola (Md.) vs Virginia
Sunday, May 13
12pm: No. 1 Maryland vs. Canisius/Robert Morris
2:15pm: No. 7 Notre Dame vs. Denver
5pm: No. 5 Johns Hopkins vs. Georgetown
7:15pm: No. 8 Syracuse vs Cornell