May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Syracuse University is the top seed in the men’s college lacrosse tournament, while nine-time champion Johns Hopkins University is left out of the field for the first time since 1971.
It is the ninth top seed for Syracuse (13-3), which has made the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament 32 times, with a record 10 titles. The University of Notre Dame (10-4), which lost twice to Syracuse this year, is the second seed, followed by Ohio State University (12-3) and the University of Denver (12-4).
First-round games will be played May 11-12 at the home of the seeded team. The championship game will be May 27 in Philadelphia.
The Orange overcame a season-opening loss to Albany by winning nine of their next 10 games. Syracuse won the Big East championship last week with victories over Notre Dame and Villanova.
Loyola University Maryland will open its championship defense against seventh-seeded Duke on May 12. This year’s field holds 21 of the tournament’s 41 winners, with all but five of those unaccounted-for titles coming from the absences of Johns Hopkins and Princeton.
The Blue Jays finished the season 9-5, with four losses coming from tournament teams. It is the first time since the inaugural tournament 42 years ago that the Baltimore school wasn’t included in the field.
Two teams will make their NCAA tournament debut this year. Northeast Conference champion Bryant (8-10) will face Syracuse on May 12, while Detroit (5-9), winner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will play Notre Dame on May 11.
Ivy League champion Yale (11-4) will face eighth-seeded Penn State (12-4), which is 0-2 in NCAA tournament play.
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