Women's Lacrosse To Face Duke In NCAA Tournament First Round

May 8, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Holy Cross women's lacrosse team will face top-seeded Duke in the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance on Sunday, May 14, in Durham, N.C., it was announced by the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee on Monday night.

Holy Cross (14-6) is one of two teams (Stanford) in the 16-team field that will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Duke (16-2), the 2006 ACC runner-up, will be making its ninth straight appearance. The Blue Devils' only two losses this season have both come against defending National Champion Virginia, which received the second overall seed.

Along with Virginia, Northwestern, North Carolina, James Madison, Notre Dame, Dartmouth and Monmouth will also be hosting first round games.

For the complete 2006 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Division I Championship bracket, click here.

The Crusaders compiled 14 wins this season, while enjoying the program's most successful season in school history. The Blue Devils' 16 wins is also the most by a Duke squad heading into the NCAA Tournament.

Holy Cross earned a berth in the 16-team field after defeating MAAC Champion Le Moyne, 14-8, on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Play-In game. The team also captured the program's first-ever Patriot League Tournament and Regular Season titles this season.

The Crusaders will enter the first round of the tournament on a four-game winning streak.

Eight first-round games will be conducted Sunday, May 14, and four quarterfinal games will be played Saturday, May 20. The preliminary-round games will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will advance to the semifinals and final May 26 and 28 at Nickerson Field in Boston, Massachusetts; hosted by Boston University. The championship game will be broadcast live on College Sports Television (CSTV) at noon Eastern time, Sunday, May 28.