Virginia Takes No. 6 Seed to ACC Tournament; Faces Third-Seeded UNC Thursday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pairings for the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship have been determined, as announced by the league office on Saturday, April 16, and were amended on Sunday, April 17. Virginia will now take the No. 6 seed into the tournament and will open play against third-seeded North Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The three-day tournament will be held April 21, 22, 24 at the WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. A free live webcast of the game, in addition to live statistics, will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
Maryland earned the top spot after finishing the regular season with a 5-0 conference record, while Duke will be the tournament’s No. 2 seed.
After finishing in a three-way tie for fourth with Boston College and Virginia Tech, Virginia earned the No. 6 seed for the first time in program history. Boston College pulled out with the No. 4 seed and Virginia Tech got the No. 5 seed, following the league’s seeding tie-breaker procedures. All three teams finished 1-1 against each other and all fell at the hands of conference opponents Maryland, Duke and North Carolina. Thus, the ties were ultimately determined by goal differentials, including a maximum positive-five for any one game.
Following Saturday’s tournament seeding release, it was determined that the intent of a 2007 recommendation by the Women’s Lacrosse Committee, which includes all six head coaches, was not accounted for in the seeding tie-breaker procedures. The intent of the recommendation was to break the entire three-way tie by goal differential and not by head-to-head competition between the two remaining tied teams.
The winner of the Cavaliers’ quarterfinal match-up with the Tar Heels will advance to the semifinals and face Duke Friday at 7p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Earlier this year, Virginia saw its second-half rally fall short against North Carolina, as the Tar Heels escaped with an 8-7 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C., on March 12.
2011 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Bracket
WakeMed Park, Cary, N.C.
Thursday, April 21
#4 Boston College vs. #5 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
#3 North Carolina vs. #6 Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
Friday, April 22
#1 Maryland vs. #4 Boston College/#5 Virginia Tech, 5:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
#2 Duke vs. #3 North Carolina/#6 Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (ACC Network on theACC.com)
Sunday, April 24
Championship Game, 1:00 p.m. (Fox Sports, RSN-TV)