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NCAA women’s D1 tourney: @PennWomensLax, @PennStateWLAX, @princetonwlax get first-round foes

Sunday, 3rd May 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/15
From Press Release

It may have required a little more nervous energy that the Quakers have been used to over the past few years, but the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team had reason to celebrate Sunday night as the Red and Blue received an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Championship.

Penn’s ninth consecutive national tournament will begin with a first-round matchup against Albany in Syracuse. The winner will take on the No. 4 seeded ‘Cuse. Dates and times to be announced.

Last year, the Red and Blue defeated Canisius in the first round of the NCAA Championship before bowing out at the hands of eventual champion Maryland in the second round.

Overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are 10-10. Nine of those wins have come over the past eight entries, including three Final Four runs from 2007-09. The 2008 and 2009 teams competed in the season’s final weekend at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University which is again serving as the host site for the Final Four May 23-25. In 2008, the Quakers were national runner-up to Northwestern.

The Quakers are one of six teams making their ninth or more consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn boasts the Ivy League’s Attacker of the Year in Tory Bensen and the Ivy League’s Defender of the Year in Meg Markham. Both Markham and goalkeeper Lucy Ferguson are among the 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award as college lacrosse’s player of the year.

Princeton to play Fairfield

The Princeton women’s lacrosse team will play Fairfield in the first round of the NCAA Tournament it was announced on Sunday evening by the selection committee.

The game will take place on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook. The winner will play the host Stony Brook, the No. 6 seed on Sunday, May 10 at noon.

“We are super excited to extend our season and we think we got a very good seeding against Fairfield at Stony Brook,” senior captain Erin Slifer said. “We are excited to get down to work and prepare for our first round!”

This will be the first meeting between Princeton and Fairfield. The Stags earned their way into the tournament with the automatic bid from the MAAC and a 14-4 overall record. This is will be just the second NCAA appearance for Fairfield. The Stags associate head coach is three-time All-Ivy League goalie for Princeton, Laura Field ’00.

Penn State to play Johns Hopkins

The seventh-ranked Penn State women’s lacrosse team will head to Charlottesville, Va. for an NCAA First Round game against Johns Hopkins on Friday. The Nittany Lions will be making their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance.

“It’s a great opportunity to go and keep playing,” head coach Missy Doherty said. “Johns Hopkins is a team we’re familiar with and we look forward to competing in the NCAA Tournament once again.”

Doherty has led Penn State (14-4) to four straight NCAA bids under her watch.

The Nittany Lions have been the hottest team in Division I women’s lacrosse, winning nine of their last 10 games and claiming the inaugural Big Ten Tournament Sunday afternoon over Ohio State.

Penn State faces No. 18 Johns Hopkins (14-3), who earned an at-large bid as an independent team following its 9-8 upset win over No. 4 Duke on Sunday morning. The Nittany Lions and Blue Jays split a pair of meetings last season as conference rivals in the ALC. PSU is 10-5 all-time against Hopkins.

The Nittany Lions and Blue Jays will play at the University of Virginia, who is hosting a four-team pod as a No. 7 seed. The Penn State-Johns Hopkins winner will face Virginia-Winthrop at Klöckner Stadium.

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