Navy lacrosse garners # 2 seed

Navy makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 1999 campaign when it lost to Hofstra, 15-7, in the first round played at Brown.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -  The second-ranked Navy lacrosse team (12-2) earned the No. 2 seed in the 2004 Div. I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament and will play host to Penn (7-6) in the first round Sunday afternoon.  The Mids and Quakers are slated to face-off at 12-Noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.  Ticket prices have been set at $10 for adults and $5 for students and will go on sale Tuesday morning at the Navy ticket office or can be purchased by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY.

The Navy/Penn winner will take on the winner of the No. 7 Cornell/Hobart contest on Sunday, May 23 in Ithaca, N.Y.

NCAA Tournament Match-Ups:

Upper Bracket
Saturday, May 15Providence (9-7) at No. 1 Johns Hopkins (11-1)
Saturday, May 15Ohio State (12-3) at No. 8 North Carolina (9-4)
Sunday, May 16Towson (11-4) at No. 5 Georgetown (10-3)
Sunday, May 16Albany (10-5) at No. 4 Syracuse (11-2)

Lower Bracket
Saturday, May 15Army (10-4) at No. 3 Maryland (12-2)
Saturday, May 15Rutgers (8-5) at No. 6 Princeton (9-3)
Sunday, May 16Hobart (9-6) at No. 7 Cornell (8-4)
Sunday, May 16Penn (7-6) at No. 2 Navy (12-2)

At University of Virginia (game times noon and 3pm)
Saturday, May 22Providence / Johns Hopkins vs. Ohio State / North Carolina
Saturday, May 22Army / Maryland vs. Rutgers / Princeton

At Cornell University (game times noon and 3pm)
Sunday, May 23:  Towson / Georgetown vs. Albany / Syracuse
Sunday, May 23Penn / Navy vs. Hobart / Cornell

Navy Notes:

--- Navy makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since the 1999 campaign when it lost to Hofstra, 15-7, in the first round played at Brown.

--- Navy is 11-20 in the NCAA Tournament ... the Mids will make their 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the fifth most of any school in the nation ... Johns Hopkins will makes its 33rd trip, Maryland makes its 27th, Syracuse makes its 24th trip and for the first time since 1972, the defending National Champion is left out of the field in the likes of Virginia who has made 27 appearances.

--- Navy has never won an NCAA lacrosse championship, though it does have 17 national championships to its credit prior to the NCAA Tournament which started in 1971 ... the Midshipmen are 0-1 in championship games, losing to Maryland, 20-13, in 1975.

--- Navy leads its series with Penn, 45-5 ... the last contest between the two teams was March 13, 1999, with Navy claiming a 12-8 win at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

--- Navy is 3-0 against Penn in the NCAA Tournament ... the last time Navy met Penn in the NCAA Tournament was May 17, 1989, when the Mids posted a 12-11 victory over the Quakers in the first round ... it also marks the last time Navy won an NCAA Tournament game and advanced to the

--- With a 12-2 record, Navy is tied with Maryland and Ohio State for most wins in the tournament field ... the Mids' 12 wins set a school record, bettering the previous mark of 11 set in 1949 and matched in 1978. Top Stories