PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Ivy League regular season champion Brown Bears (10-5, 4-2 Ivy League) were one of 18 programs from across the nation to earn a berth into the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.
The Bears are the tournament’s eighth seed and will host Virginia (11-3, 5-1 ACC), the lone Atlantic Coast Conference program competing in the 2022 field. There are four other Ivy programs seeded in the field, and the Ivy League will have five of the eight Second Round home games.
Ticket and spectator information will be released as it becomes available.
"It's humbling to say the least," said Bears head coach Mike Daly. "We have a great respect for this tournament, and we're glad that our body of work was worthy enough. Now the work begins. We gotta win — that's all it is at this time of year… It's about making more plays than that opponent and moving on.”
For Brown, it marks the 15th NCAA tournament appearance in program history and first since 2016. For Daly, who became head coach following the 2016 season, it marks his first trip to the Division I tournament.
Brown and Virginia will meet for the first time in over two years on Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 at Brown’s Stevenson-Pincince Field. To be exact, it's the first meeting in 797 days dating back to March 8, 2020 — a 14-13 thriller on College Hill with the Bears coming out on top before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season.
Saturday marks the 15th meeting between the Bears and Cavaliers in a series dating back to 1968 and the third meeting with Daly and Virginia coach Lars Tiffany on their respective sidelines.
Virginia captured a 14-13 overtime win over the Daly-led Bears in 2019 before the Bears’ victory in 2020.
The winner will advance to the NCAA quarterfinal round and take on one of three teams: top-seed Maryland, Manhattan or Vermont.
NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Notes
- The Ivy League led all conferences with six bids.
- The ACC received one bid in Virginia, the fewest since 1975.
- Brown has squared off against six of the 17 Tournament teams. Five of those are conference foes with Vermont as the lone out-of-conference opponent from 2022 in the tournament field.