MATCH-UP: Dartmouth (12-4) vs. Syracuse (16-3)
WHERE: Syracuse, N.Y. - Carrier Dome
WHEN: Sunday, May 13 - 4 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
- Dartmouth won the Ivy League Tournament Championship with 6-4 victory over Penn
- Syracuse earred an at-large bid after falling to Loyola (Md.) in BIG EAST Championship
HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth women's lacrosse team will face fourth-seeded Syracuse in the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Big Green earned the Ivy League's automatic berth into the national tournament with a 6-4 win over the regular season champions from Penn in Sunday's title game held in Philadelphia.
Now, Dartmouth will return to Syracuse's Carrier Dome for the second time this season after the two teams met there on April 9, a game won by the No. 2 Orange, 22-4.
The Big Green lead the all-time series with Syracuse, taking eight of the 14 games played.
Earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Dartmouth as it will make its 13th appearance in the national tournament in 2012. Under 20-year head coach Amy Patton, the Big Green have qualified for the tourney 12 times.
In 2005 and 2006, Dartmouth reached consecutive NCAA Final Fours, including a trip to the national championship game in 2006.
This is the second straight year that the Big Green have earned a spot in the postseason, as the team was rewarded last spring with an at-large bid following an Ivy League regular season title. Last season's tournament appearance was bolstered thanks in large part to a win over Syracuse.
Penn also earned an berth into the tournament with an at-large bid and will play sixth-seeded Loyola (Md.) on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Continue to check back with DartmouthSports.com throughout the week for updated information regarding the Big Green's return to the NCAA Tournament.
2012 NCAA First Round Matchups
#1 Florida vs. Albany
#2 Northwestern vs. Notre Dame
#3 Maryland vs. Massachusetts
#4 Syracuse vs. Dartmouth
#5 North Carolina vs. Navy
#6 Loyola (MD) vs. Penn
#7 Duke vs. Virginia
#8 Towson vs. Penn State