Drexel Men’s and Women’s Teams Selected, Temple in the Women’s Field
The selections are made. The Drexel men’s program knew they were going as the automatic qualifier from the CAA. For the women’s tournament the Dragons were disappointed earlier in the day losing the conference championship in overtime. But later that evening the team celebrated as an at-large selection to the championships. The Temple Owls also received an at-large bid.
NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament
The Drexel Dragons, champions of the Colonial Athletic Association knew their name would be called. They will play an opening round game on May 15 at 5PM against the #6 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Denver. Notre Dame from the ACC posted a 7 – 3 record. Drexel is 10 – 2 and enter the tournament riding a 9-game winning streak. The winner of that game will face the victor of the #3 Maryland (12 – 0) vs. Vermont game played in College Park. That contest is scheduled to be played in South Bend.
North Carolina was the #1 seed. Duke was second while defending champion Virginia got the fourth seed. Georgetown got the fifth seed. Denver got the #7 seed and Lehigh was seeded 8th. The final four is scheduled for May 29 – 31 with the games in East Hartford, CT.
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament
The sting of losing the CAA Title was short lived for the Drexel Dragons. They made the tournament for the first time in program history. Drexel (13 – 2) will play Rutgers of the Big Ten on May 14th at 4 PM at Stony Brook. Rutgers (6 – 8) made the tournament for the second time in program history with the last time being in 1999. The winner plays the victor of the Towson vs. #8 Stony Brook on the Seawolves home field.
The Temple Owls were defeated by Florida in the AAC final, but got rewarded for their season with a tournament selection. Temple (12 – 5) plays on the same day and the same time as Drexel against the Atlantic 10 champion Massachusetts Minutemen (15 – 2). This game will be played in Chestnut Hill. The winner advances to meet the winner of the #4 Boston College vs. Fairfield at the same site.
The top three seeds in the women’s tournament are 1. North Carolina, 2. Northwestern, 3. Syracuse. The other seeded teams are #5 Notre Dame, 6th Florida and #7 Duke. The Final Four will be played on May 28 – 30 at Towson.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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