May 8, 2011

Trinity Grabs Top Spot in NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament

by Jac Coyne | | NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket (PDF)

Lulu Carter and Denison are headed to the NCAA tournament. The Big Red will square off against Messiah in the first round.

There is only one bye in the 31-team NCAA Division III women's lacrosse tournament, and it belongs to Trinity.

The Bantams, on the strength of their 17-0 record in the rugged NESCAC, are the top seed in this year's bracket, which was announced Sunday.

Trinity is one of four regional hosts for the second and quarterfinal rounds, although it is unknown at this point which teams will host the other three regionals.

The Bantams are one of five NESCAC teams to qualify, which sets a tournament record. Joining Trinity are Middlebury, Tufts, Bowdoin and Colby.

Middlebury will play Ithaca in the first round for the right to play the Bantams.

Bowdoin will face NEWMAC champion Babson in the first round and will also participate in Trinity's regional.

The victor of the Stevens-Bridgewater State game will round out the Hartford regional.

The two other NESCAC teams will participate in the same region, one presumptively hosted by Cortland State. Tufts will entertain Endicott of the Commonwealth Coast Conference, while Colby will host GNAC representative Norwich.

Cortland will host Keene State, and Hamilton will face Brockport in the other games in that regional.

TCNJ appears to be the likely choice for the third regional, and the Lions will host Gwynedd-Mercy, the CSAC winner. Montclair-Franklin and Marshall, Messiah-Denison and Catholic-Mary Washington round out that regional.

The final regional, likely hosted by Salisbury, features the Sea Gulls and Rowan, a Pool B entrant, in the first round. Christopher Newport travels to Washington and Lee, Adrian to Gettysburg and Redlands to Claremont to fill out the bracket.

The semifinals of the tournament will be played May 21-22 in Garden City, N.Y.

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