Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – The NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in men’s and women’s lacrosse this week feature over 40 student-athletes who will compete in the three upcoming World Lacrosse events.
The women’s quarterfinals will include players who are suiting up in both the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship and The World Games 2022, while the men’s quarterfinals will showcase players participating in The World Games and the 2022 World Lacrosse Men’s U21 Championship.
The women’s championship will take place from June 29 to July 9 in Towson, Maryland, USA, while The World Games – showcasing the debut of World Lacrosse Sixes on the global stage – will take place from July 7-17 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, with men’s and women’s events. The men’s U21 championship is set for August 10-20 in Limerick, Ireland.
The NCAA Tournament women’s quarterfinals are being contested today (May 19), while the men’s quarterfinals will take place Saturday and Sunday. All the contests this weekend will be televised in the United States on ESPNU.
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Florida
The Terrapins’ dynamic offense is led by Aurora Cordingley, who will compete for Canada at both the championship in Towson and The World Games in Birmingham. She has 113 points on the season with 63 goals and 50 assists and ranks fourth nationally in points per game.
One of the Gators’ star attackers, Danielle Pavinelli, will compete for the United States at TWG2022. She has totaled 72 goals and 25 assists this season.
No. 3 Boston College vs. No. 6 Loyola Maryland
Boston College features two American talents on its squad in Charlotte North, who will compete in Towson, and Belle Smith, who will compete in Birmingham. North won the Tewaaraton Award in 2021 and has continued to lead the offense this season with 79 goals, the fourth highest total in the country. Smith has contributed 46 goals and 27 assists out of the midfield along with 17 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
A key piece of the Greyhounds’ attack is Georgia Latch, who will lead the line for Australia in both events. She ranks third on the team with 72 points, coming on 35 goals and 37 assists. Goalkeeper Lauren Spence, who has made 12 appearances this season, was named to the Australian roster in Birmingham. Loyola’s assistant coach, Dana Dobbie, has been a member of the Canadian National Team for over a decade and will compete in both events.
No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Syracuse
Wildcats’ midfielder Eve Hritzuk is set to take the field for Canada in Towson. Goalkeeper Madison Doucette, who has started all 19 games this season, was named to USA’s roster for Birmingham.
Syracuse boasts two players on the Canadian team for Towson in midfielder Madalyn Baxter and defender Bianca Chevarie, with Baxter also set to appear in Birmingham. Chevarie leads the Orange with 29 ground balls. A trio of players – Sam Swart, Emma Tyrrell and Meaghan Tyrrell –will compete for the USA at TWG2022. Meaghan Tyrrell leads the offense with 75 goals and 33 assists, while Emma Tyrrell is third on the team in points with 30 goals and 20 assists. Swart has added 26 goals and 13 assists out of the midfield. Additionally, head coach Kayla Treanor, one of the most decorated players in college lacrosse history, will suit up again for the United States in Towson after being named to the All-World Team at the women’s championship in 2017.
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 8 Stony Brook
The Tar Heels feature a duo of unanimous first team All-Americans set to compete at the women’s championship for the United States in Ally Mastroianni and Emma Trenchard. Assistant coach Emily Parros will return to the U.S. National Team for the event in Towson as well. Attacker Caitlin Wurzburger will represent the USA in Birmingham and ranks in the top 10 nationally in assists per game. Defender Brooklyn Walker-Welch will suit up for Canada in both events and ranks second on the team with 18 caused turnovers. Additionally, defender Emily Nalls will compete for England at Towson, and she leads the Tar Heels with 42 ground balls.
Stony Brook goalkeeper Kameron Halsall is slated to compete for Canada at the championship in Towson. She has eight starts this season with a 7-1 record.
No. 4 Yale vs. No. 5 Princeton
The Bulldogs have six Americans slated for the upcoming events, with Matt Brandau and Brian Tevlin set to compete at The World Games, and Michael Alexander, Patrick Hackler, Jack Monfort and Jared Paquette all named to the most recent USA roster for the U21 championship in Limerick. Brandau leads the team with 56 goals and 41 assists while Paquette has started in goal for all 16 games.
The Tigers have a duo of players who could compete in Limerick with Samuel English named to the last Canada U21 roster and Alex Slusher named to the last USA U21 squad. English ranks third on the team in points as a midfielder and Slusher, an attacker, ranks second in points with a team-high 44 goals as well as nine assists.
Delaware vs. No. 7 Cornell
The Blue Hens have a duo of Canadians named to the most recent roster for Limerick in Reed Kurtz and Matthew Acchione. Kurtz ranks in the top five on the team in ground balls and caused turnovers.
Cornell has three players named to the latest Canada U21 roster in Jack Follows, Rory Graham and Andrew Dalton. The Big Red also have defender Tim Graham, who is set to compete for Australia at The World Games in Birmingham.
No. 1 Maryland vs. Virginia
Maryland defender BJ Burlace was named to the most recent U21 roster for the USA.
The Cavaliers’ defense has seen significant contributions from Quentin Matsui, who was named to the most recent Canada U21 roster. Matsui has started every game and collected 15 ground balls.