The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will play Canisius College in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Eagles were 13-6 this season, and boasted a 7-1 record at BC. The Golden Griffins won the 2017 MAAC Championship and recorded a 15-4 overall record. The Eagles had a great season this year, and this a slightly tougher seed than many were expecting them to be given. (Navy, for example, earned an easier group than BC thanks to pulling off a surprise Patriot League Championship win. The Eagles beat Navy 17-9 this season.)
The Golden Griffins struggled against ACC teams this season, losing to the only 2 ACC teams they played. Granted, those teams were Syracuse and North Carolina, both of whom BC lost to as well.
Canisius was knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year by #13 Cornell. The Eagles also fell in the first round last year, with a loss to Stony Brook.
The winner of the Eagles/Golden Griffins matchup will play Syracuse. The other first round teams in BC’s regional are Southern Cal and Jacksonville. The winner of that game will play Florida. The ACC teams in other regionals are Virginia, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.
The first round of games will be held on May 12. Game information will be posted once the schedule is released. If BC manages to make it to the championship, they will return to Massachusetts - the final 3 games of the tournament will be played at Gillette Stadium.