The Terps, who earned a first-round bye, can’t face another local team until the semifinals, but the 28-team field has its share of in-state representation. Loyola Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Navy all start tournament play Friday.
No. 1 seed Maryland vs. Stony Brook or James Madison
Matchup: The Terps (18-1), seeking their 11th straight appearance in the NCAA semifinals, will face the winner of Friday’s first-round game between Stony Brook (15-4) and James Madison (16-3). Maryland routed the Colonial Athletic Association champion Dukes on the road earlier this season; the America East champion Seawolves haven't lost since March 23.
On the men’s side, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 6 Loyola Maryland will kick off the weekend’s first-round action of the NCAA tournament, while No. 9 James Madison and No. 14 Stony Brook will meet in the first round of the playoffs on the women’s side.
Matchup: The Greyhounds (15-4) won their first Patriot League tournament title since 2016 easily, defeating Colgate and defending champion Navy by a combined 41-21. Loyola is 20-2 all time against the Spiders (17-3), who needed an overtime win against Massachusetts in the Atlantic 10 final to secure an NCAA tournament bid. Princeton (14-3) and Wagner (15-3) are on the other side of the regional.
Johns Hopkins vs. Florida
When: 5 p.m. Friday
Site: UNC Lacrosse Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Matchup: The Blue Jays (10-7) finished fifth in the Big Ten after winning just two of six conference games, but their season’s strong start was enough to help secure an at-large NCAA tournament berth. The Gators (13-6), who put a scare into several of the nation’s top programs in early-season losses, have won 10 straight games, including two in the American Athletic Conference tournament. Third-seeded North Carolina (15-3) awaits the winner.
Matchup: The Patriot League’s 2017 and 2018 tournament champions needed an at-large bid to advance to their third straight NCAA tournament. The Midshipmen (15-4) are just the second team ever from the conference to receive one. The Panthers (15-4) ran their winning streak to 11 games with a comfortable victory in the Big South final. The winner advances to face No. 6 seed Virginia (12-6) in the second round.