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2014 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship

The 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship was the thirty-third annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national championship for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women's college lacrosse. The tournament began with first-round play on May 9, and concluded with the championship game played at Johnny Unitas Stadium of Towson University in Towson, Maryland, on May 25, 2014. The Maryland Terrapins were the 2014 NCAA Tournament champions.

2014 NCAA Division I Women's
Lacrosse Championship
DatesMay 9–25, 2014
Teams26
Finals siteJohnny Unitas Stadium
Towson, Maryland
ChampionsMaryland (12th title)
Runner-upSyracuse (2nd title game)
SemifinalistsNorthwestern (10th Final Four)
Virginia (14th Final Four)
Winning coachCathy Reese (2nd title)
MOPTaylor Cummings, Maryland
Attendance[1]10,311 finals
18,567 total
NCAA Division I Women's Championships
«2013 2015»

Dates and locationsEdit

The NCAA Tournament's ten first-round games were played Friday, May 9, and eight second-round games were played Sunday, May 11. First- and second-round games were hosted by the eight ranked teams. The four quarterfinal games were played Saturday, May 17 on the home fields of the higher-seeded teams. The winners of the four quarterfinal games advanced to the two semifinal games played on May 23 and hosted by Towson University at Johnny Unitas Stadium, the home field of the Towson Tigers football and lacrosse teams. The tournament championship game was played at Johnny Unitas Stadium on May 25.

Tournament fieldEdit

Thirteen teams automatically qualified for the tournament by virtue of winning their respective conference championships. These teams included No. 1 seed Maryland of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and No. 4 seed Florida of the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC).[2] The remaining thirteen tournament teams were chosen by the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee on an at-large basis; the factors considered by the selection committee included: (1) the NCAA's ratings percentage index (RPI); (2) results against common opponents; (3) significant wins and losses; and (4) evaluation of the ten highest-rated teams on a team's schedule, as defined by strength of schedule and winning percentage.[3]

The tournament selection committee also awarded seeds to eight tournament teams, granting them the right to host first- and second-round tournament games. In addition, the top six seeds received byes in the first round. Selections were dominated by the ACC, which placed seven teams in the field, including six of the eight seeded teams and the top three teams overall.[4]

SeedsEdit

TeamsEdit

Seed School Conference Berth Type RPI[5] Record
7 Boston College ACC At-large 6 13-5
Bryant NEC Automatic 33 15-3
Canisius MAAC Automatic 25 12-6
Denver MPSF Automatic 9 18-1
Duke ACC At-large 13 9-7
4 Florida ALC Automatic 4 17-2
Georgetown Big East At-large 23 10-8
High Point Big South Automatic 28 14-5
Jacksonville Atlantic Sun Automatic 44 14-5
Johns Hopkins ALC At-large 21 15-4
Louisville Big East Automatic 22 15-3
Loyola (MD) Patriot Automatic 12 14–5
1 Maryland ACC Automatic 2 19-1
Massachusetts Atlantic 10 Automatic 8 18–1
3 North Carolina ACC At-large 3 14-4
5 Northwestern ALC At-large 5 12-6
8 Notre Dame ACC At-large 10 9-8
Ohio State ALC At-large 15 13-6
Penn Ivy Automatic 7 12-4
Penn State ALC At-large 19 10-7
Princeton Ivy At-large 17 11–6
Stanford MPSF At-large 18 14-4
Stony Brook America East Automatic 11 16–3
2 Syracuse ACC At-large 1 18-2
Towson CAA Automatic 20 11-7
6 Virginia ACC At-large 16 10–8

Tournament bracketEdit

The 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket consisted of 26 teams, eight of whom were seeded No. 1 through No. 8.[6]

  First round
May 9
Second round
May 11
Quarterfinals
May 17
Semifinals
May 23
Towson, Maryland
Championship
May 25
Towson, Maryland
                                               
       
  1 Maryland 13  
    Penn 5  
Canisius 4
Penn 9  
  1 Maryland 15  
  Duke 8  
8 Notre Dame 18  
High Point 4  
  8 Notre Dame 8
    Duke 10  
Duke 13
Stanford 8  
  1 Maryland 9  
  5 Northwestern 6  
       
       
  4 Florida 19
    Denver 9  
Denver 12
Jacksonville 8  
  4 Florida 11
  5 Northwestern 12  
       
       
  5 Northwestern 11
    Louisville 8  
Louisville 11
Ohio State 10  
  1 Maryland 15
  2 Syracuse 12


       
  2 Syracuse 13  
    Stony Brook 6  
Stony Brook 10
Towson 8  
  2 Syracuse 11  
  7 Boston College 9  
7 Boston College 17  
Bryant 9  
  7 Boston College 8
    Loyola 3  
Loyola 10
Massachusetts 4  
  2 Syracuse 16
  6 Virginia 8  
       
       
  3 North Carolina 10
    Georgetown 8  
Georgetown 9
Johns Hopkins 8  
  3 North Carolina 9
  6 Virginia 10  
       
       
  6 Virginia 13
    Princeton 11  
Penn State 13
Princeton 16  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maryland captures its 11th NCAA women's lacrosse championship," NCAA.com (May 25, 2014). Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Committee announces field of 26 for Div. I women's lacrosse tournament," NCAA.com (May 4, 2014). Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  3. ^ LaxPower.com, WD1 NCAA Tournament Selection Criteria. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Seven from @ACCWLAX Earn NCAA Bids Archived 2015-02-15 at the Wayback Machine," TheACC.com (May 4, 2014). Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "2014 WLax Nitty Gritty Selection" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ NCAA.com, Women's Lacrosse, Division I, 2014 Lacrosse Championship. Retrieved February 15, 2015.