GREENSBORO — All four ACC mens lacrosse programs were among the 16 selected to compete in the NCAA Division I mens championship, the NCAA announced Sunday.
Its the sixth consecutive season all of the leagues teams have gotten a bid.
ACC teams finished the regular season with a 35-8 record in nonconference play and were 11-5 against teams ranked in the USILA Coaches Poll.
Duke (13-4), which has reached the semifinals of the tournament the past five seasons, was selected as the No. 3 seed and will host Syracuse (9-7) at Koskinen Stadium at noon on Saturday on ESPN. The game is a rematch from the regular season, which Duke won 12-10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Fifth-seeded Virginia (11-3) will start its title defense when it hosts Princeton (11-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Cavaliers will be making their eighth-straight tournament appearance and 35th overall. Virginia holds an all-time tournament record of 47-29 and has won five championships.
North Carolina (11-5) grabbed the No. 8 seed and will play Denver (8-6) at Fetzer Field on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. This is the 27th tournament appearance for the Tar Heels and the sixth straight. North Carolina has won four national titles and has a 27-22 mark in the tournament.
Maryland (9-5) will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to play No. Lehigh (14-2) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Terrapins will be making their 35th appearance in the tournament and 10th straight, where they are 45-32. Maryland will be looking for its third national championship and first since 1975.
ACC teams have won the past two national championships and 12 overall.
N.C. State wins ninth straight: No. 17 N.C. State extended its winning streak to nine games, the longest since 2004, with a 10-7 comeback victory against Cal State Bakersfield in the second game of a home doubleheader at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (33-12) fell behind 5-1 in the top of the fifth, before rallying to take a 6-5 lead with five runs on a pair of two-RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning.
In the first game, N.C. State outlasted Bakersfield 2-0 behind Ethan Ogburns pitching and a two-RBI double by Ryan Mathews.
The Wolfpack saw the lead slip away in the second game as Bakersfield (19-23) tied the game at 7 in the seventh. N.C. State scored three runs in a two-out rally in the eighth to seal the win.
Ryan Mathews, Andrew Ciencin, and John Gianis led the Wolfpack.
Ciencin led the way, going 3-for-4, with four RBIs and one run scored. He also had a game-tying, two-run double.
Mathews drove in the first two runs in the fifth with a double. He was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Gianis started the rally by leading off the inning with a single.
1/3 innings of work, striking out one and holding Bakersfield hitless. Chris Overman (5) got the save by striking out two and surrendering one hit in the ninth.
1/3 innings, striking out a season-high nine batters and shutting out the Roadrunners (19-22) on five hits and one walk.
2/3 innings without allowing a hit. Williams struck out the last batter of the game, and induced an inning-ending, potentially game-saving double play on his first pitch in the eighth with the bases loaded.
Pirates drop finale at Memphis: East Carolina completed its regular season with a 5-3 loss at Memphis. The Pirates (25-27, 11-12 Conference USA) trailed 5-0 heading into the seventh inning and sent the tying run to the plate, but the Tigers (20-36, 8-16) held on for the victory.
East Carolina junior Kai Clark and sophomore Jasmine Robbins combined for four of the teams five hits and each scored a run.
Memphis used three RBIs and three hits from Jessica Phillips and two hits and two runs scored by Morgan Mosby to secure the win.
East Carolina freshman Courtney Smith (7-12) took the loss. She threw the first two innings and the final 12/3 innings. She allowed two runs on five hits.
1/3 innings two-and-a-third frames and surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk. She also struck out one.