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Maryland women’s lacrosse earns No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament for 6th straight year

The Terps are in a familiar situation as they begin their title defense.

Maryland women’s lacrosse Photo by Maryland Athletics

After Maryland women’s lacrosse’s commanding 21-12 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten tournament championship game, the Terrapins earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night.

As such, they’ll be one of six teams to have a first-round bye, joining No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 James Madison, No. 4 Boston College, No. 5 Stony Brook, and No. 6 Florida. Their first game will come on Sunday, May 13, at noon ET against the winner of High Point (whom Maryland beat in the first round last year) and Denver at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Terps have also secured home-field advantage until the Final Four, which will take place at Stony Brook on Long Island, New York, on Memorial Day Weekend. With the bye, Maryland will have a maximum of two home games.

Being the No. 1 seed is something Maryland is very familiar with—this marks the sixth straight year where the Terps have been bestowed the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, they beat High Point and Stony Brook at home before defeating Penn State and Boston College at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to win the program’s 13th national championship.

Maryland has played 13 games against 11 tournament teams already this season: Johns Hopkins (twice), Penn State (twice), Penn, Princeton, Syracuse, James Madison, Virginia, Florida, Northwestern, North Carolina, and Georgetown. The Terps defeated all but the Tar Heels, their sole loss of the year. The aggregate score of those games was 205-135.

The Terps finished the regular season with a 16-1 record, winning 14 straight to close it out after the loss at North Carolina in overtime. They promptly destroyed the competition in the Big Ten Tournament, outscoring Johns Hopkins and Penn State by a combined score of 37-23 to take home yet another championship.

High Point (17-2) will be the home team against Denver (12-6) on Friday at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for the right to play Maryland in the second round Sunday.