INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. (Syracuse Athletics) –
Syracuse is the No. 5 seed in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Orange earn a first-round bye and will take on either Georgetown or Penn in the second round on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium.
Syracuse has won nine of its last 11 contests and enters the NCAA Tournament with a 15-4 record. After starting the season ranked No. 15 in the coaches preseason poll, the Orange have climbed to as high as No. 3 in the national rankings. Syracuse tied for second in the ACC with a 5-2 league record. The Orange advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament where they lost to Boston College, 14-13.
The No. 5 seed is Syracuse’s highest since the Orange were the fourth seed in the 2016 national tournament. The Orange advanced to the national semifinals that season. Overall, Syracuse will make its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 11th under the direction of 12th-year head coach Gary Gait. The Orange have an all-time record of 17-16 in tournament play.
Georgetown and Penn will meet on Friday, May 10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the SU Soccer Stadium at 4 p.m. Georgetown claimed the BIG EAST title with a 9-8 double-overtime victory against Denver in the championship game on Sunday. The win improved the Hoyas’ record to 11-8. Penn upset second-seed Dartmouth in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament before losing to top-seed Princeton, 13-9, in the final on Sunday. The Quakers enter Friday’s game with a 12-5 record.
Syracuse and Georgetown are familiar foes as former conference rivals. The teams have met 22 times, with the Hoyas holding a 14-8 advantage in the series. However, the Orange have won the last four games between the two teams. Syracuse and Penn have met three times, including the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at the Soccer Stadium. The Orange came out on top of that contest, 13-10. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak against the Quakers.
Syracuse has faced eight of the 28 teams in this year’s tournament and posted a 6-4 record against those squads. All four of the Orange’s losses this season have come against No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Boston College and No. 3 North Carolina.