Duke men, UNC women earn NCAA lacrosse seeds

May. 04, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

The Duke men’s and UNC women’s lacrosse teams will both start their NCAA title defenses at home this Sunday.

The brackets for both tournaments were announced Sunday night.

In men’s lacrosse, the Blue Devils (13-3) earned the top overall seed and will host either Air Force (10-5) or Richmond (6-10) in the first round on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. (ESPNU). If Duke wins, it will advance to play either No. 8 Virginia or Johns Hopkins in a quarterfinal on May 18 in Newark, Delaware.

UNC (10-4) is also in the field but is unseeded for the first time since 1998 after losing four games by a combined five goals. The Tar Heels will play at No. 5 Denver (14-2), which has won 11 straight games, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU).

The Pioneers have eliminated UNC in each of the past two NCAA Tournaments, winning 12-11 in the quarterfinals last year in Indianapolis and 16-14 in the first round two years ago in Chapel Hill.

The UNC-Denver winner will also advance to Newark, where the opponent will be No. 4 Pennsylvania or Drexel.

Every other ACC team besides UNC was seeded – Duke, Virginia, No. 2 Syracuse, No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 7 Maryland.

In women’s lacrosse, the Tar Heels (14-4) earned the No. 3 seed for the fifth time in six years. They will host a second-round game against either Georgetown (10-8) or Johns Hopkins (15-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. If UNC wins, it will host again in the quarterfinals and meet No. 6 Virginia, Princeton or Penn State.

"As always, nothing is given or easy in this tournament,” Tar Heels coach Jenny Levy said. “We feel like our team was rewarded for our body of work for the entire year.  Georgetown and Johns Hopkins are both very worthy opponents, and we're excited to get going, get focused and continue our season.”

Duke (9-7), which has made the NCAA Tournament every year since 1998, will face Stanford (14-4) in a first-round match Friday at Notre Dame. The time of that game will be announced Monday. The Duke-Stanford winner will face either the eighth-seeded Fighting Irish or High Point on Sunday.

Duke is 6-0 all-time against Stanford, though the teams haven’t met since 2008.

Six of the eight seeded women’s lacrosse teams are from the ACC – No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 seed Syracuse, UNC, Virginia, No. 7 Boston College and Notre Dame. The Tar Heels have faced each of the other seven seeded teams this season, including No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Northwestern, and went a combined 6-3.