NCAA men’s lacrosse championship bracket, times, TV schedule and players to watch

The NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse tournament begins Wednesday.

The tournament features two play-in games before a 16-team tournament that leads up to the men’s national championship game on Monday, May 30, in Hartford, Conn. 

Vermont plays Manhattan and Delaware faces Robert Morris in the play-in games Wednesday. 

No. 1 Maryland (14-0) is the top seed in the tournament. The Terps lost 17-16 to Virginia in last year’s championship game. Maryland won its last national championship in 2017. The Terps lead the nation with 18.4 goals per game. 

The ACC received little respect from the committee. Defending national champion Virginia (11-3) will face No. 8 Brown in the first round, and then will have to face No. 1 Maryland in round 2. The Cavaliers are the only ACC team in the tournament after Duke (11-6) and Notre Dame (8-4) were surprisingly left out of the eight at-large bids. 

Six Ivy League teams made the tournament. No. 3 Penn (10-4) is the highest seed among the group. No. 2 Georgetown (15-1) lost to Virginia in the second round of last year’s tournament. The Hoyas return a loaded team to this year’s tournament and have allowed just 8.06 goals per game. 

The Big Ten has two teams in the tournament in No. 6 Rutgers (13-3) and Ohio State (10-5). The Buckeyes last reached the national championship game in 2017. 

Here are the players watch, tournament schedule, times and TV for the men’s lacrosse championship: 

Seven players to watch 

Owen McElroy, Goalkeeper, Georgetown. McElroy ranked second in the nation with a 62.3% save percentage this season. 

Dylan Watson, Attack, Georgetown. Watson led the nation with 3.62 goals per game for the Hoyas. He totaled 58 goals this season. 

John Piatelli, Attack, Cornell. Piatelli ranked third in the nation with 3.5 goals per game. 

Matt Brandau, Attack, Yale. Brandau ranked second in the nation with 6.07 points per game. Brandau had 52 goals and 39 assists. 

Logan Wisnauskas, Attack, Maryland. Wisnauskas averaged 6.0 points per game for the Terps this season on 48 goals and 36 assists. 

Jack Myers, Attack, Ohio State. Myers averaged 5.33 points per game. He ranked fourth in the country with 2.93 assists per game. 

Zach Cole, Faceoff, St. Joseph’s. Cole led the nation with a 68.9% face-off winning percentage. He also led Division I with 11.19 ground-balls per game. 

2022 NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament schedule 

Here is the full schedule of tournament games. The full bracket can be seen at NCAA.com

Play-in games 

Wednesday, May 11 

Vermont (11-6) vs. Manhattan (8-6), 6 p.m.  

Delaware (11-5) vs. Robert Morris (10-5), 7 p.m. 

First round 

Saturday, May 14 

Boston University (12-4) at No. 5 Princeton (9-4), 12 p.m., ESPNU 

Richmond (11-4) at No. 3 Penn (10-4), 2:30 p.m, ESPNU 

Saint Joseph’s (14-3) at No. 4 Yale (11-4), 5 p.m., ESPNU 

Virginia (11-3) at No. 8 Brown (10-5), 7:30 p.m., ESPNU 

Sunday, May 15

Vermont/Manhattan at No. 1 Maryland (14-0), 12 p.m. (ESPNU) 

Harvard (8-3) at No. 6 Rutgers (13-3), 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU) 

Ohio State (10-5) at No. 7 Cornell (11-4), 5 p.m. (ESPNU) 

Delaware/Robert Morris at No. 2 Georgetown (15-1), 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU) 

Quarterfinals

Saturday, May 22 

Two quarterfinal games will be played at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Game times are at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. 

Sunday, May 23 

Two quarterfinal games will be played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Game times are at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. 

Semifinals 

Saturday, May 28 

Final Four games are at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. The national semifinals are at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The games will be televised on ESPNU. 

National championship

Monday, May 30 

The national championship game is at Rentschler field in Hartford, Conn. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPNU. 

 

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