The 21st-ranked Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team received an at-large bid to the 28-team NCAA tournament and will face No. 18 Florida on Friday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The winner will advance to face third-seeded and host North Carolina on Sunday.
Hopkins was, um, pretty excited to hear its name called as the pairings were announced Sunday night.
The Blue Jays (10-7) and the Gators (13-6), former conference opponents in the American Lacrosse Conference, will meet for the first time since 2014.
Hopkins is making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance and fifth in the past six years. It's the Blue Jays' eighth overall NCAA tournament appearance since the program moved to Division I in 1999.
The Blue Jays were selected despite failing to qualify for the four-team Big Ten tournament, which was played this past weekend at JHU's Homewood Field. Northwestern defeated Maryland 16-11 in the championship game, the Terps first loss of the season. Still, Maryland (18-1) received the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the seventh year in a row. Complete NCAA women's lacrosse tournament bracket