Ohio State Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Tournament
Ohio State is back in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the second consecutive season, the NCAA women's lacrosse selection committee has awarded Ohio State with an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship, announced Sunday evening on NCAA.com.
The Buckeyes (13-7) will face Notre Dame (10-8) in the first round Friday, May 9 at 3:30/4:30 p.m. ET at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. The winner will take on the winner of Louisville and No. 8-seed Northwestern in the second round Sunday, May 10 at 1/2 p.m. ET.
The selection is just the fourth bid in program history and the first time earning back-to-back bids since 2002-03.
"I couldn't be more proud and excited for our student-athletes and our program," head coach Alexis Venechanos said. "To get to the NCAA tournament in consecutive years was definitely one of our goals coming into the season and this year we want to advance even further. We're playing some of our best lacrosse of the season heading into the NCAA tournament."
Ohio State is coming off thrilling Big Ten tournament run this past weekend at Rutgers University. The 20th-ranked Buckeyes first defeated Rutgers 17-7 in the quarterfinals before knocking off No. 1 and previously undefeated Maryland 11-10 in the semifinals. The run came to an end Sunday, falling in the championship game to No. 7 Penn State, 13-11. The game marked the first conference tournament championship game appearance in program history for the Buckeyes while the win over the Terrapins represented the first win over a top-ranked team in program history.
Friday will be the second meeting this season between the Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish. Ohio State fell to UND 13-5 in South Bend back on March 21. Ohio State defeated UND, 12-9, last season in Columbus.
The winners of the four quarterfinal games will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by Saint Joseph's University May 22 and 24 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The semifinal games will be shown live on ESPN3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, May 22. The championship game will air live on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 24.
A complete bracket is attached. For more information on the NCAA Championships, log on to NCAA.com.
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