After winning both the the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships for the third consecutive year, Maryland women’s lacrosse earned its sixth straight No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
With the top seed, Maryland will face the winner of Denver (12-6) and High Point (17-2) in the second round of the tournament in College Park on May 13.
Though the Terps didn’t finish the regular season undefeated like they did the past two years, they faced one of the hardest schedules in the country this season, facing three of the eight national seeds and 10 opponents that were ranked or received votes in the most recent Inside Lacrosse poll.
The Terps’ only loss was a 16-15 overtime defeat to No. 2-seed North Carolina on the road Feb. 24.
Maryland (18-1, 7-0 Big Ten) was second in the latest RPI rankings, released on April 29, behind only the three-loss Tar Heels. The Terps entered the Big Ten tournament ranked No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
Stony Brook is the nation’s only undefeated team, but the Seawolves played a relatively weak schedule in the America East conference.
The Terps look to reach their sixth consecutive national championship game and win their second straight national championship.
The NCAA final four will be held at Stony Brook in Long Island, New York, beginning May 25.