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Syracuse earns No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament, will host Harvard on Nov. 12

Sam Ogozalek | Staff Writer

No. 3 seed Syracuse starts its title defense with a matchup against Harvard on Saturday. SU lost to Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Syracuse has earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament and will host Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 12, at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

The second-ranked Orange (14-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) finished the regular season strong but exited the ACC tournament on Nov. 3, falling to Wake Forest (11-8, 0-6) in overtime.

“This is really big for us,” Syracuse back Lies Lagerweij said. “Obviously the last game was not the outcome that we wanted. So that was tough and we had a tough weekend and mentally we just need to get over it right now.”

Syracuse looks to defend its national championship after defeating ACC rival North Carolina, 4-2, in the title game last season.

No. 16 Harvard (12-5, 7-0 Ivy) boasts a 3-2 record against ranked opponents this year. The team’s biggest win was an overtime victory at then-No. 11 Princeton on Oct. 21.

“I was really excited to be at home,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said in a statement. “It really shows the body of work that we did in the regular season. I’m thankful that we were rewarded for it.”

Six of the 16 teams named to the tournament are in the ACC, including No. 1 seed Duke and the runner-up from last year’s tournament, North Carolina.

The winner of the SU-Harvard game will take on the winner of Boston College-Connecticut in the second round. That game will also be played at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

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