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Stony Brook, Drexel Open NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship with neutral bouts Friday

Stony Brook, Drexel Open NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship with neutral bouts Friday

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SYRACUSE, NY/CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (May 9, 2024) – CAA women’s lacrosse champion Stony Brook and at-large squad Drexel begin NCAA tournament play Friday.

No. No. 14 Stony Brook travels upstate to play Niagara in Syracuse, New York, at 2 p.m., while No. 22 Drexel will play No. 18 Princeton in a game hosted by Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, at 4 p.m.

Stony Brook is 17-2 and comes in at 11e consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Seawolves have four wins on the RPI Top 20, including an overtime win over their potential NCAA opponent in the second round when Stony Brook defeated Syracuse 13-12 on March 5 at the JMA Wireless Dome. Stony Brook was the highest-ranked team in the RPI (7) not to receive a national seed; The Seawolves’ two losses were by a total of three goals to NCAA Tournament teams.

Tewaaraton nominee Ellie Masera is second in the country in points/match (6.12), sixth in goals/match (4.06) and ninth in draws/match (8.00). Masera, who was selected in the Athletes Unlimited Draft on Wednesday, falls eight points shy of the CAA’s single-season points record on Friday.

Stony Brook will face Niagara for the first time in program history on Friday. The Purple Eagles are 16-3 after winning the MAAC title Sunday and qualifying for their first NCAA tournament.

Drexel enters the NCAA Tournament at 13-5 and has qualified for the fourth straight year, a run that includes three at-large selections. The Dragons have played seven of their 17 games this season against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament with wins over Penn State and Binghamton, while four of the five upsets have come in the top seven of the RPI.

Tewaaraton watchlist selection Jenika Cuocco was one of the nation’s top goaltenders in 2024, leading the nation in saves/game (11.94) while ranking second in saves percentage (.580) and 10e in goals-against average (8.77).

Drexel will play Princeton for the first time since 2016 on Friday. The nearby opponents have played twice in program history, with the Tigers attending both meetings. Princeton is 10-6 after falling 18-14 to national seed Penn in the Ivy League semifinals on Friday.

With wins on Friday, Stony Brook would advance against No. 3 nationally ranked Syracuse and Drexel would face No. 2 nationally ranked Boston College on Sunday afternoon.

The CAA has multiple representatives in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the fourth straight year and the seventh time in the last eight tournaments. Members of the league have won 10 games in the NCAA Tournament during that span, dating back to 2016; Stony Brook earned an NCAA First Round victory over Penn State last season, while former league member James Madison won the national championship in 2018.

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