Stony Brook's reward for winning the America East Conference men's lacrosse tournament after a 1-7 non-conference start and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is a date with lacrosse royalty.

The Seawolves (7-9), one of two teams with a losing record in this year's 16-team field, will visit No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins (11-3) at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Blue Jays will be appearing in their record 41st consecutive NCAA Tournament.

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Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala, a former star defenseman at St. Mary's of Manhasset, three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins and U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Famer, said he was pleasantly surprised at the No. 2 seed.

"It came down to us having four games against top 10 RPI teams," he told ESPNU Sunday night. "We're privileged to be in our 41st straight NCAA Tournament. That's pretty special."

And it will be pretty tough for Stony Brook because one of its weaknesses -- faceoffs -- is a strength of the Blue Jays.

Top-seeded Loyola (Md.), whose only loss was to Hopkins, will face Canisius (6-7) at 5 p.m. Saturday. An intriguing matchup is No. 3 Duke (13-4) hosting Syracuse (9-7) at noon Saturday in a showcase for two of the nation's elite programs. The Orange, led in scoring by Rocky Point product Tom Palasek, had to win three games over the weekend in the first Big East Tournament to earn an automatic bid.

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The other first-round games: Denver (8-6) at No. 8 North Carolina (11-5) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Princeton (11-4), led by St. Anthony's Tom Schreiber, the nation's highest-scoring midfielder, at defending champion and No. 5 Virginia (11-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday; Yale (11-4) at No. 4 Notre Dame (11-2) at 5:15 p.m. Sunday; Colgate (13-3) at No. 6 Massachusetts (15-0), the nation's only unbeaten team but given a relatively low seed because of strength of schedule, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and Maryland (9-5) at No. 7 Lehigh (14-2), which earned its first-ever NCAA bid under coach Kevin Cassese of Comsewogue, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.