INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team will travel to No. 3 seed University of North Carolina to face Duke in the first round of the NCAA Championships on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Greyhounds (14-5, 9-0 Patriot League) earned an automatic bid to the national tournament after winning the Patriot League for a third-straight year and will return to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the first time since 2012.
Duke (10-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), ranked 13th nationally, is coming off a 7-6 loss to ACC Champion North Carolina in the semifinals of the conference tournament after knocking off Virginia, 9-8, in the quarterfinal round.
In the all-time series between Loyola and Duke, the Greyhounds lead the way, 2-1, but the two programs have not met since 2005. Loyola won the first two meetings, 7-6 in the quarterfinals of the 2001 NCAA Championships, and 10-8 in 2004. The Blue Devils won the most recent meeting, 14-10.
This will mark the sixth-straight year that Loyola has participated in the NCAA Championships and will be the 19th appearance for the Greyhounds in program history. Loyola holds an overall record of 17-18 in tournament games.
The winner of Friday's game will advance to the second round to face the Tar Heels. The semifinals and finals of this year's NCAA Championships are scheduled for Friday, May 27 and Sunday, May 29 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.