No. 1 Arizona State v. No. 16 Indiana
The Sun Devils punched their ticket to the tournament when they won the SLC conference last Sunday with a 13-10 win over Chapman. ASU will look to continue it’s undefeated streak after they finished the season and playoffs with a perfect 16-0 record, scoring 13.875 goals per game and only allowing 5.813 goals per game. Indiana is entering the tournament as the GRLC Conference Champion after a 7-6 win over Illinois on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 10-3 with losses to tournament teams Michigan State and Minn-Duluth as well as 9-6 loss to Minnesota in late March. Junior Midfielder and Captian Alexander Eaton leads the way offensively, averaging 3.308 points per game. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
No. 2 Colorado v. No. 15 Minn-Duluth
The Buffaloes are ready to revenge a 2013 championship loss but will face a tough Minn-Duluth team in the first round. The Buffaloes are the RMLC Champion, beating BYU 15-8 on Saturday.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play a little more lacrosse,” said Colorado Head Coach John Galvin. “It’s always a great accomplishment for our players, coaches, administration, and University. We will do our best to represent CU.”
The Buffaloes went 14-2 on the season with losses to Arizona State and Michigan State. Colorado is dangerous in every position with Senior Attackmen Riley Seidel and Jack Cranston leading the charge.
Minn-Duluth earned a ticket to the tournament with a 7-3 win over Minnesota in the UMLC Championship. The Bulldogs are 9-4 and, like the Buffaloes, lost to Arizona State and Michigan State. The Buffs and Bulldogs are not strangers to one another having played each other four times in the past few years. Colorado holds a 3-1 advantage in the series.
No. 3 BYU v. No. 14 Virginia Tech
The Cougars and Hokies will meet for the second third time with one previous meeting in the 2012 tournament with the Cougars winning 19-12.
No. 4 Chapman v. No. 13 Northeastern
Chapman will be hoping to get to the semifinals in hopes of playing on their home field but a tough Huskies team will be their first challenge.
No. 5 Colorado State v. No. 12 Simon Fraser
Despite a ‘down year’ for the Rams, they come in as the No. 5 seed and looking to three-peat. Simon Fraser will hope to thwart their plans after going 14-3 in the regular season.
No. 6 UCSB v. No. 11 Cal Poly
The Gauchos and Mustangs are very familiar with each other, having matched up nine previous times. UCSB holds a 7-2 record over Cal Poly. A February meeting between the two squads saw UCSB win 6-5.
No. 7 Michigan State v. No. 10 Texas
The Longhorns and Spartans have similar stats and records so this match-up is intriguing. Both teams played Colorado and Colorado State this season. The Longhorns dropped both contests and Michigan State beat Colorado while losing to Colorado State.
“We are thrilled to have earned another opportunity to compete in the national tournament,” said Michigan State Head Coach Brandon Schwind. “Obviously last years loss to Colorado was tough but it is way behind us now and not in our thought process. We are looking forward to making it further in the tournament than last season but our focus still has to be one game at a time.”
No. 8 Boston College v. No. 9 Westminster
In just their first D-I season, the Griffins have had a stellar year and landed an at-large spot. Boston College and Westminster have two common opponents this year in BYU and Colorado. Each team lost to the Buffaloes but the Eagles beat BYU 12-8 while Westminster fell to the Cougars, 14-11.