HADLEY, Mass. - Defending champion Middlebury is the top seed in the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the third year in a row and 11th time overall. The Panthers clinched the No. 1 seed with a victory over Williams in the regular season finale.
The NESCAC Championship gets underway on Saturday, April 27 with quarterfinal games on the campus of the higher seeds. The semifinals and final will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.
Middlebury and Tufts both finished with identical conference records of 9-1. In head-to-head competition, Middlebury defeated Tufts to earn the No. 1 seed.
The top-seeded Panthers won their ninth NESCAC title in 2018 and have qualified for every NESCAC Tournament. Middlebury (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will host a quarterfinal game for the ninth straight season when it faces No. 8 Bates (8-7, 4-6 NESCAC). The Bobcats are in the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2016 and 10th time overall. Bates was most recently the No. 8 seed in 2014 and is looking for its second NESCAC playoff victory. The Panthers will get an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the regular season when they face the Bobcats. Bates pulled out an 11-10 overtime win against the Panthers in the NESCAC opener on March 2. Middlebury owns a 2-0 advantage in the NESCAC Tournament series. The Panthers posted a 16-7 win in the 2013 quarterfinals when the teams last met in the NESCAC postseason.
Tufts (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) is the No. 2 seed for the first time in program history and will host No. 7 Trinity (9-6, 4-6 NESCAC). The two teams will square off in a quarterfinal contest for the third consecutive year. The Jumbos are hosting a quarterfinal for the second straight year and are making their 12th straight appearance in NESCAC Tournament. Tufts is looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2015 as the Jumbos aim to reach the championship game for the first time in program history. Trinity is in the NESCAC Championship field for the 13th consecutive year and has been to nine straight semifinals. The Bantams earned the No. 7 seed by virtue of defeating Bates and are the seventh seed for the first time since 2002. Trinity has played in the championship game seven times in the last eight years and won its fifth NESCAC title in 2015. Tufts earned its sixth straight win of the year with a 12-6 victory over Trinity on March 23. Trinity is 5-0 against the Jumbos in the NESCAC Tournament, including a 12-10 win, in last year’s opening round.
Bowdoin and Colby both finished with identical conference records of 5-5. In head-to-head competition, Bowdoin defeated Colby to earn the No. 5 seed.
Wesleyan (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) is making its third straight appearance in the NESCAC Championship field. The Cardinals are the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Colby (9-5, 5-5 NESCAC), marking the second time in program history Wesleyan will host a quarterfinal game. The last time Wesleyan hosted a quarterfinal game was in 2007 when it was also the No. 3 seed. The Cardinals will be seeking their first NESCAC playoff victory when they face the Mules. Colby has been in every NESCAC Championship since 2001 and is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2015. The Mules won their third conference title in 2017. Wesleyan recorded a 16-6 win over Colby on March 30, but the Mules own a 2-0 advantage over the Cardinals in NESCAC Tournament play. Colby earned an 8-7 overtime win in the 2017 quarterfinals in the last tournament meeting between the two squads.
The last quarterfinal features No. 4 Amherst (11-4, 6-4 NESCAC) hosting No. 5 Bowdoin (9-6, 5-5 NESCAC). The Mammoths, who have been in every NESCAC Tournament, will host a quarterfinal game for the second straight year and are the fourth seed for the first time since 2012. Bowdoin, last year’s NESCAC Runner-Up, is the No. 5 seed for the first time since 2012. The Polar Bears are in the NESCAC Tournament for the third straight season and ninth time in 10 years. A win for either team would propel it into the semifinals for the second year in a row, while both teams are looking for their first NESCAC title. Amherst earned a 16-12 victory over Bowdoin on March 9 this season. Bowdoin evened the NESCAC postseason series at 3-3 with an 11-9 win over Amherst in last year’s NESCAC Semifinal.
Results for all games of the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be available at the end of each day at NESCAC.com.