May 7, 2017
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MILWAUKEE -- The 2017 BIG EAST Conference champion Marquette University men's lacrosse team will face fourth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday, May 14 at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, it was announced on Sunday evening.
Ticket information for Sunday's 11 a.m. Central time matchup, which will be broadcast on ESPNU, will be announced soon and Marquette will offer bus transportation to fans and students from Milwaukee to Notre Dame.
The Golden Eagles (8-7) defeated Providence, 10-9, in the BIG EAST title game on Saturday afternoon to earn their second NCAA automatic bid in as many seasons. Prior to its win over the tournament-host Friars, MU upset No. 2 Denver, 11-8, in the league's semifinals on Thursday in Providence.
The Fighting Irish enter the national tournament 8-4 overall after compiling a 2-2 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame, which defeated MU 11-10 this season and 8-7 in 2016, has lost each of its last two games, with a 14-10 ACC title game loss to North Carolina prior to a 10-9 loss to Army West Point on Saturday. ND is 5-0 all-time against the Golden Eagles.
Marquette joins Denver as BIG EAST members in the 17-team field, with DU having earned the No. 5 seed with a home contest against Air Force.
The winner of the Marquette/Notre Dame game would advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to face the victor of the Denver/Air Force contest.
All first round games will be held on campus sites of the seeded-teams, while quarterfinal games will be hosted in Hempstead, New York and Newark, Delaware. Championship Weekend will occur May 27-29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
In its first NCAA tournament game last season, MU fell to eventual national champion North Carolina, 10-9, as the No. 6 national seed at Valley Fields in the first round.
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