2024 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Kicks Off with First-Round Games

The 2024 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship is underway, with 26 teams competing in first-round games at campus sites across the country. Top-seeded Northwestern faces off against No. 12 Denver in a highly anticipated second-round matchup on Sunday, May 12.

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2024 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Kicks Off with First-Round Games

2024 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Kicks Off with First-Round Games

The 2024 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship is underway, with 26 teams competing in first-round games at campus sites across the country. The tournament, which culminates with the semifinals and championship game on May 24 and 26 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, promises to showcase the best in women's collegiate lacrosse.

One of the most anticipated matchups of the second round features No. 1 Northwestern facing off against No. 12 Denver on Sunday, May 12. The game is a rematch of last year's national semifinals, where the Wildcats defeated the Pioneers 15-7 en route to capturing their eighth national title. Northwestern's star player, Izzy Scane, who "tallied six goals and two assists in the previous matchup," is on the verge of becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer in NCAA history.

Denver advanced to the second round with a thrilling 13-12 victory over No. 17 Stanford in the first round. Sophomore attacker Ryan Dineen led the Pioneers with a season-best seven points in the win. The Northwestern-Denver game will be streamed on ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday from Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium in Evanston, Illinois.

The NCAA women's lacrosse tournament has a rich history dating back to 1982. Before 2001, the championship was known as a National Collegiate Championship. Maryland holds the record for the most national titles with 14, followed by Northwestern with 8. Last year, Northwestern captured the 2023 championship with an 18-6 win over Boston College in the title game.

Following this weekend's first and second round games, the quarterfinals will take place at campus sites to be determined. The tournament then shifts to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina for the semifinals on May 24 and the national championship game on May 26. As the 2024 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship unfolds, fans can expect to witness the highest level of competition and drama that makes this tournament one of the most exciting events in collegiate sports.

Key Takeaways

  • 2024 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship underway with 26 teams.
  • No. 1 Northwestern faces No. 12 Denver in second-round rematch on May 12.
  • Izzy Scane nears NCAA all-time goal-scoring record with Northwestern.
  • Tournament culminates with semifinals and championship on May 24-26 in Cary, NC.
  • Northwestern seeks 9th national title, Maryland holds record with 14 titles.