Maryland chosen as top seed in 2018 NCAA lacrosse tournament

May 07, 2018 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For the third consecutive season, the defending NCAA Champion University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team has been selected as the number one overall seed for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

The Terps, which received an at-large bid, will play the winner of Canisius and Robert Morris on Sunday, May 13 at Noon at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Maryland is the first program to earn the top overall seed three straight seasons since Johns Hopkins (2002-05). The 1972-74 Maryland team also achieved the feat, in addition to 1979-81 JHU, 1983-85 JHU, and 1988-90 Syracuse.

Head coach John Tillman sports an 18-6 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament (all at Maryland), which currently ranks 10th all-time among coaches in tournament wins. Additionally, the Terrapins’ 18 wins since Tillman took over the program in 2011 is the most in the nation, with Denver and Duke trailing in second (13).

The Terrapins (12-3) are making their 41st NCAA Tournament appearance, and NCAA-best 16th straight. Maryland also secured its NCAA-best 16th consecutive 10-win season earlier in the season.

This marks the eighth time Maryland has been the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland was also the top seed in 1972, 1973 (NCAA Champions), 1974, 1976, 1987, 2016 and 2017 (NCAA Champions).

The Terps have been to six NCAA semifinals in seven seasons (2011-12, 2014-17) under head coach John Tillman, including five national title game appearances. Maryland was unseeded in 2011 and 2012, the 7-seed in 2014 and the 6-seed in 2015.

The winner of the Maryland’s first round game will meet either No. 8 seed Syracuse or Cornell in the quarterfinals the following weekend in Annapolis, Md.

Tournament Breakdown (All times Eastern):

No. 1 Maryland vs. winner of Canisius/Robert Morris – May 13, Noon, ESPNU

No. 8 Syracuse vs. Cornell – May 13, 7:15 p.m., ESPNU

No. 5 Johns Hopkins vs. Georgetown – May 13, 5:00 p.m., ESPNU

No. 4 Duke vs. Villanova – May 12, 2:15 p.m., ESPNU

No. 3 Yale vs. UMass – May 12, Noon., ESPNU

No. 6 Loyola vs. Virginia – May 12, 7:15 p.m., ESPNU

No. 7 Notre Dame vs. Denver – May 13, 2:15 p.m., ESPNU

No. 2 Albany vs. Richmond – May 12, 5 p.m., ESPNU