2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Seeds Announced. Let The Fun Begin!

It’s time for May Madness when the Division I NCAA Lacrosse Championship tournament begins this coming weekend. Sixteen teams will be fighting to make it to Foxborough, Massachusetts for Championship Weekend May 26 – 28, 2012.

We have to say the game has come a long way since we first started playing it. We used to listen to the championship game on the radio and if we were lucky, ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” would carry an abbreviated version of the game to or three weeks after the game was played.

Now the CBS Sports Network and the ESPN Family of Networks carry games throughout the season. ESPN will be telecasting every game of the tournament live, including the championship game on Memorial Day. The exposure has helped the sport grow to the point where it has the largest live attendance for a championship game in the entire NCAA.

We never thought we’d see that happen.

Here are the first round matchups for the tournament including the times and networks where you can watch the games:

No. 1 Loyola (ECAC) vs. Canisius (MAAC AQ) – May 12, 5 p.m., ESPNU
No. 8 North Carolina (ACC) vs. Denver (ECAC)- May 12, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU

No. 5 Virginia (ACC) vs. Princeton (Ivy) – May 13, 1 p.m., ESPN
No. 4 Notre Dame (Big East) vs. Yale (Ivy AQ) – May 13, 5:15 p.m., ESPNU

No. 3 Duke (ACC) vs. Syracuse (Big East AQ) – May 12, Noon, ESPN
No. 6 UMass (CAA AQ) vs. Colgate (Patriot) – May 12, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU

No. 7 Lehigh (Patriot AQ) vs. Maryland (ACC) – May 13, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
No. 2 Johns Hopkins (Independent) vs. Stony Brook (America East AQ) – May 13, 3 p.m., ESPNU

(A complete, printable bracket can be found here.)

Our beloved Maryland Terrapins will travel to Lehigh for their first round game and to be honest, we are not sure the Terps should be in the tournament. In many ways, Maryland’s season was up and down, with the Terps often playing down to their competition. Maryland wins against Hopkins and Duke are great, but losses to UMBC and Colgate are games the Terps should have won. The reason Maryland is in the tournament has to be because there is no one to take their place. The Terps played the 9th hardest schedule in the country, and that has to count for something. There is not a team that is more deserving, but having no one that is more deserving is not the same thing as earning your way into the tournament.

In short, Maryland is going to have to play a lot better and more consistent if they wish to play in the championship game as they did last year.

Oh well, it doesn’t matter. It is time to grab some Dr Pepper, cook some burgers and enjoy the games.

Fear the Turtle!

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