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Syracuse men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both seeded second in NCAA Tournament


The Syracuse men’s and women’s lacrosse teams each earned a second seed in the upcoming NCAA Division I lacrosse tournaments.

The Syracuse men (11-4) will host the winner of Bryant and Siena 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Carrier Dome. The Bulldogs and Saints will play at a date and time yet to be determined. If Syracuse wins, it will face the winner of Cornell and Maryland on May 17.

All six Atlantic Coast Conference teams made the field and Duke was the number one overall seed. The Blue Devils will host the winner of Air Force and Richmond 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

Virginia has a first round game against Johns Hopkins and former Watertown and General Brown product Kendall Vecchio at 1 p.m. Sunday, and that winner will face Duke, Air Force or Richmond.

ACC tournament champion Notre Dame is the sixth seed and will face Harvard, while North Carolina travels to fifth-seeded Denver.

Loyola (Md.) and Penn were the other top four seeds.

This is the first year the men’s field will have 18 teams and two fist round games. The national championship will be on May 26 in Baltimore.

The Orange women earned a program-best No. 2 seed in the 26-team field. The Orange earned a first-round bye and will play either Stony Brook or Towson Sunday at the SU Soccer Stadium.

Syracuse finished 18-2 and Carthage product Kailah Kempney finished with 19 goals and 11 assists. Massena standout Erin Francis is also on the Orange.

Maryland, who handed the Orange the only two losses of the season, earned the top overall seed. North Carolina, who has former Immaculate Heart Central standout Kayla Miles, is No. 3 and Florida is fourth.

Northwestern, which has ex-Carthage star Cat DeRonda, is the fifth seed and earned a first-round bye.

Other first-round matchups, involving former Frontier League players, include Canisius facing Pennsylvania and Massachusetts taking on Loyola (Md.). The Golden Griffins have former South Jefferson stars Kayla Scully and Whitley Perry and General Brown’s Cody Kucharski. The Minutewomen have former Carthage athletes Katie Ferris and Amy Tiernan.

The women’s final will be May 25 in Towson, Md.


Watertown native and 10-time national champion Jim Berkman has guided Salisbury to another first round bye in the NCAA men’s Division III tournament.

The Sea Gulls will face the winner of York (Pa.) and Susquehanna in the second round.

There will be a local flavor in one first round matchup as Massena’s Zach Hopps of SUNY Cortland hosts Keuka and former South Jeff standout Matt Kealy.

In the women’s tournament, former Ogdensburg Free Academy star Chelsea Martin is a part of the No. 1 overall seed SUNY Cortland team. The Red Dragons face the winner of Mount Union and Keuka. The Storm have three local players in Bethany Ennis (Carthage), Kaycee Maguire (Potsdam) and Olivia Hudson (South Jefferson).

SUNY Fredonia, backstopped by former Watertown goalie Christina Matthewson, will take on Rensselaer Saturday in the second round.

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