The brackets for the men's and women's lacrosse NCAA Tournament was announced on Sunday evening with both Tar Heels teams making the field.
On the women's side, the defending national champions are seeded #3 overall and will face the winner of the Georgetown-John Hopkins game on Sunday, May 11th. If the Heels advance the possibility of a quarterfinal game with league foe Virginia is in the offing. In fact, UNC's path to the national title could include playing three straight ACC opponents assuming seeding were to hold since Syracuse is the #2 seed and Maryland is #1. Of the eight national seeds, the ACC owns five of them.
The Tar Heels opened the season going 11-0 before dropping three of their final five regular season games including a 7-6 decision to Duke in overtime. In the ACC Tournament, UNC knocked off Boston College but lost to Syracuse 9-7. It was the second loss to the Orange in as many weeks. If UNC plays Georgetown it will be a rematch of the Heels' 18-11 win over the Hoyas on March 15th. UNC also beat Virginia 14-10 during the regular season as well as taking a 17-15 decision from Maryland.
The UNC men are unseeded in the NCAA Tournament and will face the #5 seed Denver on Saturday at Denver. The game will be at 7:30 PM on ESPNU. Playing Denver in the NCAA Tournament is similar to men's basketball playing Kansas. This is the third straight season these two teams have meet in the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers have won the previous two seasons knocking the Heels out of the postseason.
Much like the women's side, ACC men's lacrosse is dominant with six of the 18 teams hailing from the league and five of the national seeds belonging to ACC schools.