The Louisville lacrosse team will be heading to South Bend, Ind. for the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals will face Northwestern and the winner will take on Notre Dame. 26 teams were selected for the post-season where UofL was one of the at-large bids. The University of North Carolina received the Atlantic Coast Conference automatic qualification bid.
No. 8 Louisville will face familiar foes. UofL defeated Northwestern and Notre Dame 10-4 and 10-9, respectively, at the Louisville lacrosse stadium this year in back-to-back games. In the ACC tournament, the Irish got revenge and took the win 12-10.
The highest seed in their region is No. 3 North Carolina while No. 2 Florida is the highest seed on the right side of the bracket. Maryland is the No. 1 seed and Syracuse rounds out the top four. Louisville did not receive a seed, seeing only eight teams receive a seed. However, the Cards are currently ranked eighth in the country.
The road is tough for UofL. Having lost their starting goalkeeper the remainder of the season due to injury the team has relied heavily on a former player who was resigned. The Cards are on a four game losing streak, but will be relying heavily on their seniors to pull them out of the slump. Northwestern will try to take revenge from their loss to UofL back in March and the Cards look to hold off the Wildcats. If Louisville is victorious in the first round a tough Notre Dame team looks to end the post-season run. Having the home-field advantage will play in favor of the Irish, but never count the Cards out of it.