May 9, 2010

WD3: Bullets, Diplomats Snag Regionals

by Jac Coyne | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Hollis Stahl and the Bullets managed to qualify for one of the four byes and regionals in the women's tourney.
© David Sinclair

After sitting idle for over a week and watching some of the other top teams fall out of contention, Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall reaped the third and fourth seeds in the NCAA Women’s Division III tournament and earned a regional next weekend.

The Bullets and Diplomats join Hamilton and Salisbury with byes in the first round and will host a weekend of action.

The committee threw a curveball by omitting the third place team from the powerful NESCAC conference, which at times boasted seven teams in the Top 20, and inserted the runner-up teams from both the NCAC (Kenyon) and SUNYAC (Brockport) into the last two at-large spots. Despite a strong finish to the season, Amherst is on the outside looking in.

In terms of travel, the biggest surprise would be Claremont (Calif.) earning a home game in the first round against Endicott while Babson – a team that defeated Claremont during the year – was shipped off to NESCAC champion Williams.

NCAA Women's D-III Bracket

First Round - Wednesday, May 12
Wooster (12-3) at Kenyon (14-2)
Norwich (9-7) at Cortland (16-2)
Southern Maine (11-9) at Colby (13-4)
Rowan (11-5) at Brockport (12-3)
Elizabethtown (15-4) at Washington & Lee (14-4)
Drew (10-8) at Mary Washington (11-5)
Christopher Newport (12-6) at Catholic (12-6)
Cabrini (11-7) at TCNJ (14-3)
Endicott (16-4) at Claremont (15-2)
Babson (14-3) at Williams (12-6)
Montclair State (12-5) at Stevens (16-2)
Bridgewater State (15-4) at Trinity (13-3)

Regional Semifinals – Saturday, May 15
Wooster/Kenyon winner at Hamilton (18-0)
Norwich/Cortland winner vs. USM/Colby winner (at Hamilton)

Rowan/Brockport winner at Franklin & Marshall (14-3)
Etown/W&L winner vs. Drew/Mary Washington winner (at F&M)

Chris. Newport/Catholic winner at Salisbury (17-1)
Cabrini/TCNJ winner vs. Endicott/Claremont winner (at Salisbury)

Babson/Williams winner vs. Gettysburg (16-3)
Montclair/Stevens winner vs. Bridgewater/Trinity winner (at Gettysburg)

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