2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Bracket Unveiled, Penn State Earns Top Seed

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The 2019 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament field has been set, and like expected the Penn State Nittany Lions take the number one overall seed. They will be looking for their first NCAA tournament win as they take on the winner of Marist and UMBC in the first round. The tournament get’s underway on Wednesday with the play-in game and the first round starts on Saturday. 

Here are the top eight seeds: 

No. 1 Penn State (Big Ten)
No. 2 Duke (ACC)
No. 3 Virginia (ACC)
No. 4 Penn (Ivy)
No. 5 Yale (Ivy League)
No. 6 Towson (CAA)
No. 7 Notre Dame (ACC)
No. 8 Loyola (Patriot League)

The conferences that have the most teams in are the ACC and Big Ten, to no one’s surprise. The ACC got four teams in while the Big Ten just got three. Duke, Virginia, and Notre Dame are all hosting the first round while Syracuse is the lone ACC team not doing so, traveling to Loyola. The Big Ten got Penn State, Johns Hopkins, and Maryland. Penn State is the only Big Ten team that will be hosting a first round game as Johns Hopkins and Maryland will both travel. 

In this year’s tournament, High Point and Cornell were the two teams left out to dry. Cornell had a less than impressive resume with their best win being Notre Dame, who many argue shouldn’t have gotten in, while High Point’s losses to St. John’s and Jacksonville came back to bite them when they lost in the SoCon championship game to Richmond. To the committee, those losses outweighed the Panthers wins over Duke and Virginia. 

Army winning the Patriot League AQ and Johns Hopkins getting hot late in the season, and giving Penn State a run for their money in the Big Ten championship really shrank the bubble and bursted some chances that may have been there. But you just have to take care of business. 

Full Bracket:

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