NCAA Menís Lacrosse Quarterfinals Set for Sunday; Duke vs. Hopkins, Denver vs. Drexel
NEWARK, Del. -- The field has been set for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals being held for this Sunday, May 18, at the University of Delaware’s Delaware Stadium.
No. 5 seed Denver won its first round game last Saturday while top-seed Duke, Drexel, and Johns Hopkins all picked up victories on Sunday to earn their spots among the final eight teams in the country.
Defending national champion Duke will take on Johns Hopkins at 12:04 p.m. followed by Denver taking on Drexel at 2:34 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluehens.com or on-site Sunday morning beginning at 10 a.m. Both games will be televised live on ESPNU.
Delaware Stadium is serving as the host site for the NCAA Tournament for the third time as Delaware hosted the national championship game in 1984, the first-ever Final Four format with the semifinals and finals in 1986, and two first round games in 2002. The venue seats 22,000 and features a FieldTurf playing surface.
Big East champion Denver, which is seeded No. 5 in the tournament and was ranked No. 2 in the final regular season USILA coaches poll, advanced thanks to a 9-5 victory over North Carolina Saturday. The Pioneers (15-2) have won a school-record 12 straight games for head coach Bill Tierney and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth straight year. Denver will be making its first visit to Delaware Stadium since the 2004 season.
Top seed and defending national champion Duke advanced after dispatching Air Force 20-9 Sunday afternoon. The No. 3 ranked Blue Devils (14-3), led by head coach John Danowski, will enter their quarterfinal game vs. Johns Hopkins having won 9 their last 10 outings with a 16-15 setback to Syracuse in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals back on Apr. 25 the lone defeat. Duke, which won NCAA titles in 2010 and 2013, advances to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight year. The Blue Devils last visited Newark, Del. in 1988.
No. 8 ranked John Hopkins, one of the most successful program in NCAA history, advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to a 14-8 upset win over eighth-seed Virginia Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Jays (11-4) earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and have now won six of their last seven games headed into the quarterfinals. Hopkins, which has won nine NCAA titles, will meet Duke in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time, all since 2005, and leads 3-1. Hopkins, led by head coach Dave Pietramala, will visit Delaware Stadium for the first time since downing Delaware in a regular season game back in 2011. The Blue Jays also won the 1984 national title at Delaware Stadium.
Drexel, ranked No. 12 in the USILA poll, advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history after defeating Philadelphia intra-city foe and No. 4 seed Pennsylvania 16-11 on Sunday afternoon. Drexel, which won a pair of overtime contests to capture its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association championship last week, enters with a record of 13-4 and nine straight victories. Among those victories was a 9-7 win over Delaware at Delaware Stadium on March 29. The Dragons are coached by Brian Voelker.
The other two quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, May 17, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. and will feature Albany taking on No. 6 seed Notre Dame and No. 7 Maryland meeting the winner of Sunday night’’s first round game between No. 2 Syracuse and Bryant.
The four winners will advance to the NCAA Championships May 24-26 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.