– The 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s lacrosse team received one of eight at-large bids to the 27th Annual NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship and will travel to play seventh-seeded Boston University in a May 11 first-round game, the selection committee announced Monday night. The game, which begins at 12 p.m., will be videostreamed live at www.americaeast.com. In conjunction with Pack Network LLC, America East will provide the broadcast free of charge.

UNH, making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance, enters the NCAAs with a 13-5 overall record -- the 13 wins ties the second-best single-season win total in the programs’ 32-year history, and four of the five losses were by one goal on the road. The Wildcats, who had a league-best four All-Conference First-Team selections,  finished as runner-up in the 2008 America East Championship Tournament with a 9-8 overtime loss at eighth-ranked Boston University in the April 27 title game.

New Hampshire is making its first NCAA postseason appearance since 2004, when the ‘Cats, who received automatic qualifier status as the America East champion, lost 14-12 at Dartmouth College. UNH won the national title in 1985 – it is the University’s only NCAA championship. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals in 1991 and 1987 and exited in the first round in both 1986 and 1984. The ‘Cats have a 4-5 overall record in the NCAAs, and that includes 2-3 in the first round as well as 2-4 on the road (1-3 in first-round road games).

Including the pair of 2008 games, UNH has an 11-16 lifetime record against Boston University; the Wildcats are 1-8 vs. the Terriers in postseason play – all nine games have been in league tournament action. In addition to the 9-8 overtime win in the America East championship game, BU recorded a 7-6 home win against the ‘Cats on April 12 this season.

Boston University (17-2, 6-0 America East), ranked No. 7 in the IWLCA Poll, garnered one of the eight automatic berths by defeating Sacred Heart University, 15-3, in a May 3 NCAA play-in game. That victory extended the Terriers’ win streak to 14 games.

New Hampshire went 1-2 in the regular season against this year’s NCAA tournament field. In addition to the games at BU, the Wildcats recorded a 10-7 win at Vanderbilt University on March 15.

The winner of the UNH-BU matchup will face the winner of second-seeded Penn (14-1) vs. Colgate (11-9) in a May 17 quarterfinal game.
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