NCAA women’s lacrosse Final Four bracket, TV schedule and predictions: Northwestern shoots for repeat

The NCAA women’s lacrosse Final Four is a familiar field, with three returning teams from last season. 

No. 1 Northwestern (17-2) – the defending national champion – is back in the Final Four. The Wildcats will face Florida (20-2). The Gators are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2012. That semifinal is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The second semifinal at 5:30 p.m. is a rematch from last year. No. 2 Boston College (18-3) meets No. 3 Syracuse (16-5). The Eagles beat the Orange 8-7 in the Final Four last year. 

Northwestern beat Boston College 18-6 in last year’s championship game. Will there be a rematch in 2024? A closer look at the Women’s Final Four semifinals. 

NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinals 

No. 1 Northwestern vs. Florida 

This will be a fast-paced game. The Gators average 17.9 goals per game, and the Wildcats are at 17.1 goals per game. Northwestern and Florida are the top-two scoring offenses in the country. 

The Wildcats outscored their first two tournament opponents 37-11 and continue to  dominate around Izzy Scane, who leads the attack with 79 goals. Florida senior attack Maggi Hall ranks second in the NCAA with 114 points – which she scored on 64 goals and 50 assists. 

Prediction: Northwestern 17, Florida 11 

No. 2 Boston College vs. No. 3 Syracuse 

This is an old-school East Coast rivalry. The Eagles beat the Orange 11-10 on April 18 and 15-8 in the ACC championship on April 28. Rachel Clark leads Boston College with 71 goals and 18 assists. Kayla Martello scored six goals against the Orange in the ACC championship game. Emma Tyrell – Syracuse’s leading scorer – was limited to two goals in those two games. She leads the Orange with 63 goals and 19 assists. Teammate Olivia Adamson has 54 goals and 24 assists. 

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Boston College has reached the NCAA championship game in each of the last six tournaments, and they won the national championship in 2021 with a 16-10 victory against the Orange. 

Prediction: Boston College 15, Syracuse 12 

Who is Izzy Scane? 

Northwestern senior attack Izzy Scane is the Division I all-time leader with 367 goals – a record she broke in the second round against Denver.

Scane scored her 359th goal in that game – which broke the record of 358 set by Charlotte North at Boston College and Duke from 2018-22. 

Scane won the Tewaaraton Award – which is given to the top player in the country – in 2023.

NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament Final Four schedule, TV channels

The women’s national semifinals and final will be played at WakeMed Soccer in Cary, N.C. Here is a look at the schedule for the national semifinals and national championship game. 

Day Matchup Time (ET) TV/Streaming
Friday, May 24 No. 1 Northwestern vs. Florida 3 p.m. ESPNU, Fubo
Friday, May 24 No. 2 Boston College vs. No. 3 Syracuse 5:30 p.m. ESPNU, Fubo
Sunday, May 26 Championship 12 p.m. ESPNU, Fubo

NCAA women’s Final Four tournament tickets 2024

Tickets for both the men’s and women’s NCAA lacrosse tournaments are available for purchase on StubHub, using the link below. 

NCAA lacrosse women’s national titles by school 

Northwestern is seeking its ninth national championship. Maryland has the most women’s lacrosse national championships with 14. The Eagles won their only national championship in 2021. 

Here is a look at the championship history for the four schools participating in the women’s lacrosse national semifinals: 

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School Semifinal Finals Titles Last
Northwestern 15 9 8 2023
Boston College 7 6 1 2021
Syracuse 10 3 0 None
Florida 2 0 0 None

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