St. Mary’s City, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team found out late Sunday night who they would face in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament as the 29-team field was announced on NCAA.com.
The Seahawks (12-6), who are making their first-ever NCAA appearance, will face No. 13 Lynchburg College on Wednesday, May 8 on Shellenberger Field down in Lynchburg, Virginia. Game time and other contest details will be released tomorrow.
St. Mary’s earned the Capital Athletic Conference’s automatic bid by stunning No. 8 Salisbury University, the two-time defending CAC champion as well as the two-time defending national champion, 13-11, in today’s conference tournament championship game. Today’s win marked just the Seahawks’ third league title. Sophomore midfielder Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) found the back of the net four times while senior Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) made a career-best 15 saves.
Lynchburg (12-5) is a six-time NCAA participant, including falling to Denison University, 10-5, in the second round of last year’s national tournament. The Hornets needed an at-large bid to this year’s dance as the defending Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion was knocked out of the ODAC playoffs in the semifinals by Washington & Lee University, 7-6 in overtime, on Saturday.
Wednesday’s meeting will be the 24th all-time in the series history which began in 1981. Lynchburg holds a 12-11 edge in the series and enters the mid-week matchup on a four-game win streak over the Seahawks from 2002 to 2005. St. Mary’s last win over the Hornets came in 2001 when the Seahawks posted a 13-12 overtime win.
The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will move forward to face the winner of No. 7 Roanoke College/Centre College on Saturday, May 11 at a site to be determined. St. Mary’s faced Roanoke, the 2013 ODAC Champions, in the season-opener on February 17 and came away with a 13-12 win. It will be a first-time meeting between the Seahawks and Centre.