HADLEY, Mass. – Defending champion Tufts is the top seed in the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship for the first time since 2016 and sixth time in program history. The Jumbos claimed the No. 1 seed with a 13-7 victory over Bowdoin in the regular season finale.
The NESCAC Championship begins 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.
Top-seeded Tufts (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will host a quarterfinal game for the second year in a row when it faces No. 8 Trinity (8-7, 3-7 NESCAC). The Jumbos, who have qualified for every NESCAC Tournament, won their eighth NESCAC title in 2018. Tufts has advanced to the semifinals 10 straight seasons and has played in the championship game nine times in the last 10 years. Trinity is in the NESCAC Championship field for the first time since 2012, the last time the Bantams reached in the semifinal round. Trinity is making its eighth NESCAC Championship appearance and is in search of its first NESCAC title. Tufts posted a 25-12 win over the Bantams on March 23, and the two teams are squaring off in the NESCAC Tournament for the first time.
Tiebreakers were applied to determine the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 seeds. Wesleyan, Williams, and Amherst all finished with identical conference records of 8-2. In head-to-head competition, all three teams went 1-1. In results against the top four teams (Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams, and Amherst), Wesleyan went 2-1 and Williams and Amherst went 1-2. As a result, Wesleyan earned the No. 2 seed. In head-to-head competition, Williams defeated Amherst to earn the No. 3 seed.
Additionally, Colby and Middlebury both finished with identical conference records of 4-6. In head-to-head competition, Colby defeated Middlebury to earn the No. 6 seed.
No. 2 Wesleyan (12-2, 8-2 NESCAC) will host a quarterfinal game for the third year in a row when it meets No. 7 Middlebury (7-8, 4-6 NESCAC) in the opening round. The Cardinals won their second NESCAC title in 2017, the last time they were the No. 2 seed, and were the NESCAC Runner-Up last season. Wesleyan is making its 17th straight appearance and has reached the championship game eight times. Middlebury is the No. 7 seed for the first time in program history and is making its seventh straight NESCAC Tournament appearance. The Panthers have advanced to the semifinals three of the last four years and won their seventh NESCAC title in 2007. During the regular season, Wesleyan earned a 12-6 win over Middlebury on March 15. The Panthers hold a 4-3 advantage over Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championship series. The teams last met in the 2017 final where the Cardinals came away with a 9-8 victory.
Williams (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) earned the No. 3 seed and will host a quarterfinal game for the second year in a row when it faces No. 6 Colby (8-6, 4-6 NESCAC). The No. 3 seed is the highest in program history for the Ephs, who are making their sixth straight appearance after advancing to the semifinals last year. Williams won its only NESCAC title in 2008. Colby returns to the NESCAC Championship field for the first time since 2015 and is making its eighth appearance overall. The Mules were also the No. 6 seed in 2011 and are seeking their second semifinal appearance in program history. Colby reached the semifinals in 2002 with a 12-6 victory over Williams in the lone meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Tournament. Williams defeated Colby, 11-6, on April 13 in the regular season.
The last quarterfinal contest features No. 4 Amherst (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) versus No. 5 Bates (10-4, 7-3 NESCAC), two teams looking to win the NESCAC title for the first time. The Mammoths are the fourth seed for the first time since 2007 and will host a quarterfinal game for the sixth year in a row. Amherst is making its 11th consecutive appearance in the NESCAC Championship field after reaching the semifinals last year. The Bobcats are the No. 5 seed for the first time since 2016. Bates is making its fifth straight appearance in the tournament and ninth overall. Amherst defeated Bates, 25-12, on April 30 and earned a 10-8 win over the Bobcats in the 2015 NESCAC Semifinals in the only meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Championship.
Results for all games of the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be available at the end of each day at NESCAC.com.