The 18-team field for the NCAA tournament was released Sunday night and five area programs learned that their seasons have been extended.
We caught up with four of the five coaches to discuss their first-round opponents. (Towson’s Shawn Nadelen had to duck into an NCAA conference call and was unavailable.)
>> No. 1 seed Maryland (14-2) will play the winner of Wednesday's play-in game between Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament champ Quinnipiac (11-3) and America East tournament champion Hartford (11-6) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
Terps coach John Tillman: "Once you get the opportunity – and we feel very fortunate to have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament – every game's going to be hard. People don't get here by accident. They win conferences, they've beaten good teams. So you know it's going to be a tough game. The ranking, we will never talk about with our team and never have. Not that we're not concerned about it or anything like that. It's just you get an opportunity to play and you play who you play, and you've got to make the most of it. Rankings really don't mean anything during the year and really they get thrown out here."
>> No. 7 seed Loyola Maryland (12-3) welcomes Duke (11-7) to Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore on Saturday at 12 p.m. in a rematch of a 15-6 rout by the Blue Devils on March 12.
Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey: "We get to live again and enjoy our seniors and enjoy this team for another week. Obviously, preparing for Duke, we've seen them before. They took it to us pretty good up here at Ridley the last time we saw them. But I'd like to say that over the last eight weeks, not only making a few changes personnel-wise, but really just maybe doing some things differently within our program and challenging ourselves and being a better practice team, I think that we're real hopeful it's going to be a much different result. But we know we've got our hands full with a really talented opponent, and it doesn't seem like it would be the first week of the tournament if Loyola and Duke weren't playing."
>> Johns Hopkins (8-6) will visit No. 5 seed Brown (14-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Providence.
Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala: "We're excited. It's a privilege to be a part of the NCAA tournament. Obviously, Brown is an outstanding team. They've had a tremendous amount of success this year. They're scary good offensively and obviously very good defensively. [Bears coach] Lars Tiffany has done a great job with them. So we're excited about being a part of the tournament and excited about the opportunity, but also clearly aware of the talent and ability of the team that we'll be playing."
>> Navy (10-4) will travel to New Haven, Conn., to face No. 4 seed Yale (13-2) on Sunday at 5:15 p.m.
Midshipmen coach Rick Sowell as told to The Annapolis Capital's Bill Wagner: "Yale is a very good team – talented and well-coached. [Bulldogs coach] Andy Shay has done a tremendous job there. It's a program that has been in the tournament quite a bit of late, so it has that postseason experience. That being said, if we show up and play the type of lacrosse we're capable of playing, we can certainly win."
>> Towson (14-2) will play host to Northeast Conference tournament titlist Hobart (10-6) at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a play-in game for the second consecutive season.
Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen: "To be able to go on the road in their tournament and beat two really good teams [in Bryant and St. Joseph's] to make their way to the NCAA tournament, that's a team that to me is pretty hot with regards to confidence. I'm sure that they're being able to go into an NCAA tournament has them focused and ready to play. So they're a team that's put together a strong season. We scrimmaged them in the preseason, and obviously they have continued to improve and get better throughout. So that's an indication of their talent as well as their coaching."