May 7, 2000
College Park, Md. - The No. 1 team in the IWLCA poll became the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night when the Maryland women's lacrosse team (18-1) earned the tournament's top seed and an automatic trip to the quarterfinals of the 2000 National Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The selection to the tournament is the program's 11th straight postseason bid, and a perfect 10 for head coach Cindy Timchal.
Maryland will meet the winner of the Syracuse/Georgetown first round match-up, which will be held on May 11 at Georgetown. The Terps will host the quarterfinal meeting against either the Hoyas or the Orange on May 14 at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field. In only the third year of the program, Syracuse's bid was the first ever for the Orange. Georgetown's selection to the tournament is their third consecutive NCAA bid. The Hoyas and Terrapins met in the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA Tournament, with Maryland advancing to the semifinals with a 17-6 win.
"I'm excited about the 2000 team having the opportunity to play in the National Tournament," commented Timchal after the team viewed the selection show together at the Gossett Team House on the Maryland campus. "So many wonderful programs are out there, and only 12 get to go. We're looking forward to playing next Sunday."
Maryland enters the tournament as the five-time defending national champions with a 24-8 overall record in NCAA Tournament play. The Terps have won seven NCAA titles in the program's history, including six under Timchal, and also have the 1981 AIAW championship to the program's credit. Since Timchal's arrival in 1991, Maryland is 17-3 in postseason play. The Terps have made it all the way the championship game nine of the last 10 years.
The 2000 women's lacrosse championships will be hosted by the College of New Jersey on May 19-21. The semifinals will be held Friday, May 19 at 6 and 8 p.m., with the final taking place on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m.
Check out the NCAA.org for the complete tournament bracket.