HADLEY, Mass. - All three NESCAC men's lacrosse teams that earned a bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship will host a second-round games on May 9. The 34-team tournament will be played entirely at on-campus sites until the championship game May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Amherst (14-3) earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament field for the fourth year in a row and sixth time in program history. The Mammoths, who posted a 9-1 record conference mark during the NESCAC regular season, earned an at-large bid following a loss to Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinals. Amherst hosts Keene State (12-4), which earned the Little East's automatic bid by winning the conference title for the fifth straight year. The Owls are making their ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament overall. The Amherst/Keene State winner will meet the winner of York (Pa.)/Western New England in the third round.
Tufts (16-1) will host the winner of Merchant Marine and Johnson & Wales. The Jumbos claimed the automatic bid from the NESCAC after capturing their eighth NESCAC Championship with a 12-9 win over Wesleyan. Tufts is making its ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and won its most recent NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015. Merchant Marine (13-2) is making its first NCAA appearance since 2009 after winning the Skyline Conference Championship with a 21-15 victory over Mount St. Mary. Johnson & Wales (9-11) defeated Norwich, 9-5, in win its first GNAC title. The winner of the Tufts matchup will face either Ithaca or Stevenson in the third round.
Wesleyan (14-3) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Cardinals earned an at-large bid after advancing to the NESCAC Championship Game as the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament. Wesleyan will host SUNY Cortland (12-6), an automatic qualifier from the SUNYAC. The Red Devils defeated Plattsburgh State, 22-12, in the conference championship game and are making their 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Wesleyan/SUNY Cortland winner will meet the winner of the Cabrini/Colorado College contest in the third round.
There is a potential for a re-match of the NESCAC Championship game should Tufts and Wesleyan advance to the quarterfinals.