February 16, 2013

Lancaster Bible College to Host 2012-13 Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament; Rest of the Playoff Field Set

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Lancaster Bible College will host the final four round of the 2012-13 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament after the Chargers won the South Division regular season title. 

With the NEAC having North and South Divisional play in basketball, the right to host the playoff tournament goes to the winner of the crossover regular season contest between the two eventual divisional champions.  The Chargers clinched the South Division crown after winning their final three conference contests this week, which placed them at 16-2 in the NEAC and at least three games ahead of the rest of the division.  Furthermore, Lancaster Bible defeated the North Division champion Keuka College Storm (16-1 NEAC) 58-50 in their crossover contest on Jan. 7, which ultimately gave the Chargers the right to host this year’s tournament.

The final four round of the six-team tournament is set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24.  The playoff field will consist of the top three teams from each division, with two play-in games scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 that will be hosted by the higher seeded team of each of the matchups.

The rest of the playoff field rounded into form today as well, as a 69-50 loss by Penn State Berks to Gallaudet University this afternoon placed them at 8-10 in conference play, which clinched a playoff berth for the College of Saint Elizabeth after the Screaming Eagles picked up a huge 60-55 victory over Penn State Abington last night to give them their ninth NEAC win of the season.  The win secured a third place finish in the South Division for the Screaming Eagles, regardless of their loss to Lancaster Bible in their final regular season contest earlier today.

Lancaster Bible, Penn State Harrisburg (13-5 NEAC) and Saint Elizabeth (9-9 NEAC) have now nailed down the top three spots in the South, while Keuka, SUNY Institute of Technology (12-4 NEAC) and Wells College (11-6 NEAC) have secured the top three spots in the North to round out this year’s playoff field. 

The full playoff seeding and schedule will be released on the NEAC website soon.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.