At-large berths

Teams that don't garner a league AQ are thrown into a pool for the eight at-large selections. The Atlantic Coast Conference doesn't have enough teams — for now — to award an automatic qualifier in men's lacrosse, but its four members are usually in the running for an at-large berth. This season, North Carolina, Duke and Maryland have solid at-large resumes. Johns Hopkins is an independent whose only road to the big dance is through an at-large selection. The Blue Jays sit at No. 16 in the RPI and must run the table with wins over Navy, Loyola and Army to get NCAA tournament consideration.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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