May 4, 2014
2014 NCAA Championship -- Complete Bracket
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern has earned the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament following a 12-6 regular season and a runner-up finish in the American Lacrosse Conference.
Now in its second year of the 26-team championship format, the NCAA Tournament will send fellow ALC foe Ohio State (13-6) and BIG EAST champion Louisville (15-3) to regional host Northwestern for a first-round meeting set for 7 p.m. CT on Friday (May 9). The Buckeyes are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament field since 2003 while the Cardinals clinched their first-ever trip to the national tournament with their victory over Georgetown in this weekend's BIG EAST championship game.
The Ohio State-Louisville winner will then battle Northwestern at 1 p.m. Sunday (May 11) on the Wildcats' home turf, where NU is 19-0 in NCAA Tournament action under Kelly Amonte Hiller.
Northwestern needs to no introduction to the feisty Buckeyes, whom the Wildcats defeated by a 9-8 score in Friday's ALC Tournament semifinals, avenging an overtime loss to OSU during the regular season. Northwestern leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 11-3.
Louisville, which finished a perfect 7-0 in BIG EAST play this season, will be making its first-ever trip to Lakeside Field. The only prior NU-Louisville meeting came on March 7, 2012, when the Wildcats cruised to a 16-7 victory at the Cardinals' home field.
Should Northwestern emerge with a win against either Ohio State or Louisville, the Wildcats would then go on the road to Gainesville for a rematch with fourth-seeded and ALC champion Florida.
This year marks the 16th all-time berth in the NCAA Tournament for the seven-time national champion Wildcats, and the 11th in Kelly Amonte Hiller's storied 13-year career as head coach of the 'Cats. Amonte Hiller is 34-3 in her career in the NCAA Tournament -- representing the most wins and the best winning percentage in Division I women's lacrosse postseason history -- and this season is setting her sights on guiding Northwestern to a 10th consecutive appearance in the national semifinals.
Tickets to the game will be sold at the entrance to Lakeside Field at a cost of $8 for adults, $5 for youth and senior citizens and $1 for infants. All Northwestern students will be admitted FREE with presentation of a valid WildCARD.
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