Mass College Lax: NCAA Tournament Pairings

Conference Championships are over, and now the quest for NCAA glory begins! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for


The NCAA announced on Sunday, May 6, the various pairings for the upcoming Div. I, II and III men’s and women’s lacrosse tournaments.

Six teams will be crowned champions on Memorial Day weekend, and this year Gillette Stadium will host the men’s championships on Sunday May 27, (D2/D3) and Monday May 28, (D1).

Here are the various local Massachusetts colleges that’ll be competing for NCAA glory.

* Division I – Men’s Lacrosse: The UMass men’s lacrosse team will begin their quest to Gillette Stadium on Saturday, May 12, against Colgate University. If the Minutemen prevail, they’ll face-off against the winner of Duke-Syracuse on May 20. 

* Division I – Women’s Lacrosse: The UMass women’s lacrosse team will play against Maryland in the first round of their tournament on either May 12 or 13. If they win, they’ll face-off against the winner of Loyola-Penn on May 19 or 20. 

*Div. III – Men’s Lacrosse: The Tufts Jumbos earned a first-round bye, and will await the winner of Eastern Conn. State-Trinity College. Springfield College will face-off against Stevens Institute, and the winner will advance to play Cortland State, while Bowdoin College will tangle with Mount Ida. Excluding Tufts, all the games listed will take place on May 9.  

*Div. III – Women’s Lacrosse:  Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will begin their quest for a Div. III glory against Keene State. Trinity College will face-off against Bridgewater State, Springfield College will play against Buffalo State and Colby College will take on Endicott College — all of these games will be played on May 9. The winners will advance to the second round on May 12.  

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