CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A week ago today, the North Carolina men's lacrosse team faced a must-win situation against Notre Dame in the ACC Championship final. The Tar Heels pulled out their 13th league title since 1981 and were rewarded Sunday night with a bid to the 2017 NCAA Championship.
The Tar Heels are unseeded in the tournament for the second straight year and the third time in the last four years. UNC will play its first round tournament game next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against America East Conference champion Albany at Bob Ford Field at Tom and Mary Casey Stadium. Albany claimed a spot in the 2017 NCAA field with a 14-2 record. The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU.
UNC enters the NCAA Tournament with an 8-7 record. The Tar Heels needed a .500 record or above to get into the NCAA field. UNC entered the ACC Tournament field with a 6-7 mark but beat #1 Syracuse 16-15 in the semifinals and #6 Notre Dame in the finals 14-10 to earn its way into the field. UNC qualified for last year's field with an 8-6 record and as an unseeded team. The Tar Heels caught fire in the 2016 NCAA field to beat Marquette 10-9, Notre Dame 13-9, Loyola 18-13 and Maryland 14-13 in overtime to claim its fifth NCAA championship all-time.
NCAA First Round Matchups
Saturday, May 13
12 p.m. - Towson at No. 7 Penn State
2:30 p.m. - Duke at No.. 6 Johns Hopkins
5 p.m. - Air Force at No. 5 Denver
7:30 p.m. - North Carolina at No. 8 Albany
Sunday, May 14
12 p.m. - Marquette at No. 4 Notre Dame
2:30 p.m. - Bryant/Monmouth winner at No. 1 Maryland
5 p.m. - Loyola at No. 3 Ohio State
7:30 p.m. - Yale at No. 2 Syracuse