The NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse championships are true Final Fours. The top four seeds advanced to the Final Four in both tournaments, which will be televised Saturday.
On the men’s side, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Virginia all advanced from the ACC. No. 3 Maryland is the lone Big Ten team in the Final Four. The tournament will be played at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. The games will be televised on ESPN2.
On the women’s side, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 Boston College represent the ACC. No. 2 Northwestern represents the Big Ten. The games will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. The matchups are on ESPNU.
Will the Tar Heels sweep both tournaments? Or will the Big Ten upset the ACC establishments?
Here are the schedules and reasons to watch this weekend’s NCAA championship tournaments:
2021 NCAA men’s lacrosse Final Four matchups
No. 1 North Carolina (13-2) vs. No. 4 Virginia (12-4)
12 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
The Tar Heels lead the NCAA with 16.7 goals per game, and they escaped with a 12-11 overtime victory against Rutgers in the quarterfinals. Attackman Chris Gray leads North Carolina with 3.07 goals per game. Virginia won the NCAA championship in 2019. Cavaliers goalie Alex Rode averages 13.2 saves per game. Virginia and North Carolina split two regular-season meetings.
No. 2 Duke (14-2) vs. No. 3 Maryland (14-0)
2:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2
The Blue Devils are seeking their fourth national championship since 2010. Attackman Michael Sowers leads Duke with 79 points on the season. Duke and Maryland both allow just 10 goals per game. The Terps won their last national title in 2017. Maryland advanced to the Final Four with a dramatic 14-13 overtime victory against Notre Dame. Jared Bernhardt leads the Terps with 87 points.
How to watch NCAA men’s lacrosse championship
The winners will play Monday, May 31, at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
2021 NCAA women’s lacrosse Final Four matchups
No. 1 North Carolina (20-0) vs. No. 4 Boston College (16-3)
12 p.m., Saturday, ESPNU
The Tar Heels have the nation’s best defense that allowed just 6.35 goals per game. Goalie Taylor Moreno ranks second in the nation in save percentage at .559. Jamie Ortega adds 4.26 goals per game. Boston College can test that with an offense that scored 17.1 goals per game. Charlotte North (4.95 gpg.) is the team’s leading scorer. The Tar Heels beat the Eagles 21-9 on March 6.
No. 2 Northwestern (15-0) vs. No. 3 Syracuse (16-3)
2:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPNU
Northwestern is looking for its ninth national championship, and junior Izzy Scane leads the NCAA with 6.27 goals per game. Teammate Lauren Gilbert adds 4.3 gpg., and the Wildcats lead the NCAA with 20.6 goals per game. Syracuse will counter with junior defender Sarah Cooper, one of six players on the roster who earned All-American honors.
How to watch NCAA women’s lacrosse championship
The winners will play Sunday, May 30 at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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