Syracuse is the No. 6 seed in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament and earns a first-round bye. The Orange start tournament play on Sunday, May 14 against the winner of the first-round matchup between Boston College and Canisius at the SU Soccer Stadium.
The NCAA Tournament features 26 teams among which the top six seeds receive a first-round bye. Boston College (13-6) earned an at-large bid to the tournament, while Canisius (15-4) earned an automatic bid after winning the MAAC Championship on Sunday. The Eagles and Golden Griffins will meet in the first round on Friday, May 12 at the SU Soccer Stadium. Syracuse will take on the winner of that game on Sunday.
The Orange, under the direction of 10th-year head coach Gary Gait, earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing the regular season with a record of 15-6. The Orange posted eight wins against teams ranked in the top 20, including a 13-11 win at No. 2 North Carolina during the regular season. Syracuse finished second in the ACC regular-season standings with a 5-2 league record and advanced to the title game of the league tournament where it lost to the Tar Heels.
Syracuse has faced both Boston College and Canisius this season. The Orange hosted the Eagles in their season opener on February 11. Junior Riley Donahue tied her career high with seven points to lead Syracuse to an 18-8 victory. Canisius visited the Carrier Dome on February 18. Twelve different players scored at least one goal for the Orange as they posted an 18-6 victory.
The ACC will be well represented in the NCAA Tournament as six of the eight teams are part of the field. North Carolina is the No. 2 seed, while Notre Dame, Louisville and Virginia join Boston College as at-large teams.
The Orange are making their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last 11 years. Last season Syracuse earned the No. 4 seed and advanced to the national semifinals for the fifth consecutive year and seventh time overall. The Orange have an all-time record of 17-14 in NCAA Tournament play.
Ivy League runner-up Cornell will face Notre Dame on Friday in a First Round match-up.
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