INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Lacrosse Committee has selected the 27 teams that will participate in the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship.
Maryland was voted number 1 after the 18: 1 and won the Big Ten Conference regular season and tournament championships
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The tournament begins with an opening round match on the 8th or May 9th round match Friday, May 11, and Sunday, May 13, and four quarter-finals will be played Saturday, May 19 or Sunday, May 20. These preliminary matches are played on the campus of competing institutions. The winners of the four quarter-finals will advance to Stony Brook University's national semi-final at the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, New York. The semi-finals will be shown live at ESPN3 at 1
The Champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina (15-3) took second place in this field Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament champion James Madison enters the tournament as the number 3 seed with an 18-1 record. Last year's national runner-up Boston College (19-1) completed the first four seeds.
Fourteen conferences, including the America East Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, ASUN Conference, Big East Conference, Big South Conference The Big Ten Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Ivy League, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, The Northeast Conference, the Pac-12 Conference, the Patriot League and Southern Conference had conference chairs that were automatically qualified for the 2018 championship. The remaining 13 teams were selected on a large scale.
A full set of teams, data and websites is available at NCAA.com
Teams earn automatic qualification:
|Conference||School  America East||Stony Brook (19-0) [Atlantic10||Richmond (16-3)|
|ACC||North Carolina (15-3)|
|Great East||Florida (19659011) 16-3)|
|Great South||High Point (17-2)|
|Great Ten||Maryland (18-1)|
|Colonial||James Madison (18-1)|
|Ivy League||Princeton (12-5)|
|Pac-12||Stanford (15 -4)|
|Teams Selected At-Large|
|Boston College (19-1)|
|John's Hopkins (10 8)|
|Loyola Maryland (15-4)|
|Penn State (10-9)|
|Syracuse (9- 9)  Towson (15-4)|
|Virginia Tech (13-6)|
Mercer and Virginia Tech will both debut at the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships
In the 2017 Championship, Maryland defeats Boston College, 16-13, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in front of a record 11,668. The championship extended the NCAA record of the Terrapins to 13 national lacrosse championships.
NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship information is available at http://www.ncaa.com/wlacrosse.