ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy women’s lacrosse team will play fifth-seeded North Carolina (14-3) on Saturday at 12 noon at Fetzer Field in the NCAA First Round, it was announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday evening. The Mids (18-2), ranked No. 18 in the nation, are making a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just their fifth year of varsity play.
“We are very happy for the Navy women’s lacrosse team to have this opportunity to go down to Chapel Hill and play against a very strong lacrosse team,” said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal, who is making her 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. “We’ve been there before and we expected that we would play somebody in the ACC. We know we will have to be focused all week and well-prepared for North Carolina.”
The winner of the Navy-North Carolina game will play the winner of the No. 4 Syracuse-Dartmouth game in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Navy earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Oregon, 10-9, in overtime in an NCAA Play-In Game in Eugene on Saturday. Sophomore attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored four goals, including the game-winner in the overtime period.
Navy won a third straight Patriot League Tournament in 2012 after going 6-0 in the regular season to earn hosting responsibilities. The Mids defeated Holy Cross, 18-11, in the Patriot League Championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 29.
This is the second all-time meeting between Navy and North Carolina and the second in the NCAA First Round. Navy fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 18-5, in 2010, which was Navy’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.