Hopkins to play No. 7 seed Virginia in first round of NCAA tourney

May 04, 2015 | WNST Staff


BALTIMORE, MD — Big Ten Champion Johns Hopkins (9-6) will play at Virginia (10-4) in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament it was announced on Sunday evening. The Johns Hopkins-Virginia game will take place on Sunday, May 10 at 1 pm on ESPNU. Virginia earned an at-large bid to the tournament and is the number seven seed in the tournament.

The winner of the Johns Hopkins-Virginia first round game will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals at the United States Naval Academy on Sunday, May 17 (time TBA). The winner of the Hopkins-Virginia game will play the winner of the Syracuse-Bryant/Marist first-round game. Syracuse is the number two seed in the tournament and will face the winner of the Bryant-Martist play-in game.

Johns Hopkins is making its record 43rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first as an automatic qualifier after earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid by topping Ohio State, 13-6, in the conference’s championship game. Johns Hopkins is one of three Big Ten teams in the field of 18 as Maryland and Ohio State earned at-large bids.

Johns Hopkins boasts a 68-33 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament with nine NCAA titles to its credit. The Blue Jays’ 68 wins and 18 championship-game appearances are both national records. This will be the 16th time Johns Hopkins and Virginia have met in the NCAA Tournament with Johns Hopkins having won nine of the previous 15 meetings, including a 14-8 first-round win last year in Charlottesville.

Johns Hopkins and Virginia have met 89 times since the series began in 1904 with a 9-0 Johns Hopkins victory. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 58-30-1, although the Cavaliers knocked off Johns Hopkins, 16-15, in overtime earlier this season.

Tickets for the game will go on sale at 9 am on Monday, May 4 online at VirginiaSports.com, by calling 800/542-8821 or in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall. General Admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth 18-and-under and students of the participating schools with a valid student ID.

There will be a $5 parking fee for the University Hall, John Paul Jones Arena and McCue Center parking lots on Sunday. Free parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.