USC Lacrosse Draws Jacksonville in NCAA First-Round Game|
May 7, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS -- The two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion USC lacrosse team (16-3) will face Jacksonville (14-5) of the Atlantic Sun conference in the first round of the 2017 NCAA championship at Florida's Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville on Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. ET. As champions of the MPSF, the Women of Troy hold the league's automatic qualifier bid into the 26-team field announced today (May 7) by the NCAA and will make the program's third consecutive appearance in the championships.
The first-round face-off with Jacksonville will be the first meeting between the Trojans and the Dolphins. A win over Jacksonville would put USC in a 12 p.m. ET Second Round clash against host Florida, which picked up the No. 3 seed in this 2017 NCAA bracket. That, too, would be present a first-time matchup for the Trojans in program history. Maryland picked up the top seed into this year's NCAA tourney, with North Carolina seeded at No. 2. The rest of the seeded teams include No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 Princeton, No. 6 Syracuse, No. 7 Penn and No. 8 Stony Brook. The top six seeds earn automatic spots in the Second Round.
The 2017 NCAA Championship is hosted by Gillette Stadium in Boston with the national semifinals set to be played on Friday, May 26, and the championship game on Sunday, May 28. Tickets are on sale now at NCAA.com/tickets/lacrosse-women/d1.
USC is on a 10-game winning streak--the second longest run in program history--and is led by two-time MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael. Fifth-year head coach Lindsey Munday has guided the Women of Troy to back-to-back league titles and was the conference coach of the year in 2015 and 2016. She has a 67-29 overall record (.698) with a 7-5 postseason record (MPSF and NCAA).
Last year, the Trojans rewrote the record books when they received the tournament's fifth seed and hosted first- and second-round games at the LA Memorial Coliseum. It marked the first time that a school from the West Coast was awarded as high a seed and hosted NCAA tournament games. Following a first-round bye, the Trojans defeated conference rival Stanford in the second round to become the first-ever West Coast team to advance into the NCAA quarterfinal round. There, USC was eliminated in a hard-fought 12-11 overtime decision by fourth-seeded Syracuse on the road.
For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.