By Matt Noonan
The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) men and women’s lacrosse tournaments resume this evening with two semifinals and a championship.
On the men’s side, Becker College and Salve Regina will compete for the ECAC New England crown at 7:30 p.m. in Middletown, Rhode Island. The Hawks defeated Regis College on Wednesday, 6-4, while the Seahawks soared past Mitchell College, 21-7, both games were semifinal matchups.
According to the ECAC website, neither team has won the tournament championship. Last year, University of New England captured the tournament crown, while Endicott College won it in 2012. Both UNE and Endicott hail from the same conference (Commonwealth Coast Conference) as Salve Regina.
On the women’s side, Worcester State claimed the top seed for this year’s tournament and will host the four-seed Becker College this evening at 7 p.m. Curry College, which earned the second-seed, will host Rivier University at 4 p.m. The winners of each contest will advance to Sunday’s (May 11) Championship, which will be played at the highest remaining seed.
Similar to the men’s bracket, none of the four teams competing in this year’s tournament have won an ECAC championship. The last two winners came out of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as Mount Holyoke won it last year, while Wheaton College claimed the crown in 2012.