The Washington Times - May 3, 2009, 10:21PM

It’s been a whirlwind hour or so for my two phones, which is pretty much what you’d expect from lacrosse’s Selection Sunday.

One thing is certain from looking at the seeding and the selections of the 16-team field: There is a definite level of consistency applied to both procedures.


Virginia, the No. 1 seed, had the best combination of great wins and understandable losses. Duke was clearly punished for its early losses to Maryland and Harvard.

Maryland, meanwhile, got in because it beat both Duke and North Carolina. That differentiated the Terps from the scrum that got left out.

Likewise, Brown got in over Loyola because it had a quality victory (against Cornell) and the Greyhounds did not. There’s a case to be made Loyola is the best team in the 16-team era to miss the tournament (and I will later), but it also had chances to play its way in and didn’t capitalize.

The selection committee gets pilloried when it makes decisions that are backed by numbers but not by common sense. So it’s only right to praise the results of a well-constructed bracket. And that’s what this one is.

Here’s the schedule. Assuming some possibly frightful car issues get sorted out in the next few days, you can expect some D1scourse game coverage from Hopkins and Virginia this weekend.


Brown at No. 8 Johns Hopkins, noon
UMBC at No. 6 North Carolina, 2:30
Hofstra at No. 5 Cornell, 5
Navy at No. 3 Duke, 7:30


Maryland at No. 7 Notre Dame, noon
Villanova at No. 1 Virginia, 2:30
UMass at No. 4 Princeton, 5
Siena at No. 2 Syracuse, 7:30

—- Patrick Stevens