Princeton, Penn Ready For NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton women's lacrosse team joined Penn in earning a berth to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Quakers earned the League's automatic qualifier as the Ivy Tournament Champion, while Tigers received an at-large bid.
It marks the fourth-straight year that at least two Ivy teams punched tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, both Penn and Princeton earned berths to the NCAA Championships, falling in the first round to Virginia and Duke, respectively.
The Quakers earned their eighth-straight Tournament berth and will take on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Canisius.
The Ivy League's automatic entrant into the NCAA Tournament via a 9-6 win over Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament championship game on Sunday, the Quakers (11-4) will play the Golden Griffins on May 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland. The Terrapins are the tournament's top seed, and the winner of Friday's game will advance to play the Terps on May 11.
This will be Penn's 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament and the first time that the Quakers will play Canisius in the NCAA Tournament. Overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are 9-9. Eight of those wins have come over the past seven 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.
Penn is one of six teams in this year's field making its eighth
or more consecutive appearance.
Princeton will play Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Tigers earned one of 13 an at-large bids it was announced by the selection committee this evening.
The game will take place on Friday, May 9 at the University of Virginia at 4:00 p.m. The winner will play Virginia, the No. 6 seed on Sunday, May 11.
Princeton and Penn State faced each other just last week, with the Nittany Lions winning 13-12 on their home turf. The Tigers defeated then-ranked No. 6 Virginia in mid-March, a 15-13 game. That game marked the turning point of the season, as the Tigers went on a 9-2 run to end the regular season.
This is Princeton's 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the third most appearances by a team. The Tigers are 31-18 overall in the tournament and had a 12-year streak of NCAA appearances from 1998-2009. The program has made it to the championship round 11 times since the NCAA Tournament began in 1982, including three national titles, in 1994, 2002 and 2003.