DURHAM, N.C. - After recording a 13-4 overall ledger this season, the Duke women's lacrosse team has received an at-large bid and the No. 5 seed in the upcoming 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship as announced by the selection committee Sunday, May 8. The Blue Devils will play host to Penn from the Ivy League Sunday May 15 in a rematch of the two squads' regular season finale on April 29. Opening draw for the first round contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Duke's Koskinen Stadium.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Gates will open at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at GoDuke.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-877-375-3853. Due to graduations on Sunday, parking will be limited. Parking will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the Bassett Drive/Grounds Lot. Parking in Whitford Drive will be by list only.
This season marks Duke's 14th consecutive trip to the tournament as the Blue Devils are 14-13 all-time in NCAA Championship play. The Blue Devils are one of six teams with consecutive appearance streaks of five or more years, joining top-seeded Maryland (22, 1990-2011), third-seeded North Carolina (7, 2005-11), second-seeded Northwestern (8, 2004-11), Virginia (16, 1996-2011) and Penn (5, 2007-11).
A year ago, seventh-seeded Duke defeated Vanderbilt, 16-15, on Lindsay Gilbride's last-second goal in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Championship before falling to the Wildcats of Northwestern, 18-8, in Evanston, Ill.
Duke and Penn faced each other earlier this season as the Quakers handed the Blue Devils a 13-10 loss in the teams' regular season finale on April 29 in Pennsylvania. Duke and Penn have met twice before in the NCAA Championship - 2008 and 2009 - with the Quakers emerging victorious in both one-goal affairs.
The winner of Sunday's match-up between the Blue Devils and the Quakers will face the winner of Stanford and fourth-seeded Florida, a contest scheduled for Saturday, May 14, in the second round. The semifinal and final rounds of the 2011 NCAA Championship will be held May 27 and 29 at Stony Brook University's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.