2010 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship
Sunday, May 2
Saturday, May 8 Sunday, May 9
at No. 1 TRI 16, No. 8 BAT 6
No. 7 WIL 11, at No. 1 TRI 10
No. 7 WIL 9, vs. No. 3 COL 4
No. 7 WIL 14, at No. 2 BOW 12
No. 3 COL 8, vs. No. 4 AMH 7 - OT
at No. 3 COL 9, No. 6 MID 8    
at No. 4 AMH 11, No. 5 TUF 9
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview
Championship Records

Williams Wins First-Ever Women's Lacrosse Title Over Colby

Williams Wins First-Ever Women's Lacrosse Title Over Colby

Courtesy Trinity Sports Information

Box Score

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior goalie Julia Schreiber (Cockeysville, Md.) totaled 12 saves and three ground balls, while holding Colby scoreless for the final 31:51 of the game, to lead No. 7-seeded Williams to a 9-4 victory over No. 3-seeded Colby in the finals of the 2010 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on Sheppard Field at Trinity College.

Williams improves to 12-6, avenging both a 9-7 loss at Colby in its season opener and a 10-5 loss to the Mules in last year's NESCAC Finals, becomes just the third team to win the NESCAC Championship title in the 10 years of the tournament's existence, and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament. Two-time defending champion Colby, drops to 13-4 and looks for an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament when those bids are announced this evening.

Williams trailed, 4-2, after Colby sophomore midfielder Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) sped past the Eph defense from just inside midfield for her second goal of the game, with 1:51 left in the first half. Eph senior Tracey Ferriter (Winchester, Mass.) answered a minute later on a free-position goal to cut the lead to one entering the break, and Williams dominated the second half with six straight goals. Senior midfielder Whitney Kelly (Weston, Mass.) tied the game on another free-position 1:46 into the second half, and senior attacker Tina Nawrocki (Winchester, England) tallied the clincher at the 26:38 mark with a wrap-around move behind the net followed by a quick switch of the stick from her right to her left hand that fooled Colby junior goalie Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.). Four different Ephs added goals over the next 20 minutes, while the Williams defense allowed at the Colby offense few opportunities and each was stopped by Schreiber's quick stick work in the cage.

Williams held a 10-to-5 edge on the draw and converted on five out of six free-position shots, while Colby failed on all five of its free positions and committed 27 fouls to just 16 for the Ephs. Williams sophomore Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored twice, while Ferriter finished with a goal and an assist and led all players in ground balls with five, draw controls with four, and caused turnovers with three. Colby senior tri-captain attacker Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) notched one goal and one assist, while senior tri-captain defender Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.) added a team-high four ground balls, and Warnke stopped three shots in goal.



Quarterfinals - Sunday, May 2 at Higher Seeds
12:00 p.m.
No. 8 at No. 1
No. 7 at No. 2
No. 6 at No. 3
No. 5 at No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, May 8 at Highest Remaining Seed
12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Semifinal Winner

Championship - Sunday, May 9
12:00 p.m.

The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. Quarterfinal games will be conducted on Sunday, May 2, with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play. Standings will be based on team winning percentages. Ties shall count as half a win.

The 8th seed will play at the 1st seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed after first round games and the lowest remaining seed will face the highest remaining seed.

Pairings will be announced Friday, April 30.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.