Morrisville State College Earns Top Seed in 2018 NEAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament

Morrisville State College Earns Top Seed in 2018 NEAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With regular season play complete, Morrisville State College is named the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Lacrosse Regular Season Champion and enters the postseason as the No. 1 seed. The NEAC has also announced the six-team field for the 2018 Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

As the top seed in the tournament, defending champion Morrisville State College will receive a first-round bye and has earned the right to host the NEAC Final Four on May 5-6. With an 8-1 league record, the Mustangs finished the regular season tied with Medaille College and Keuka College. After the application of numerous conference tiebreakers, Morrisville State earned the top seed with the fewest goals allowed (51) among the three tied teams in conference play.

This year’s women’s lacrosse tournament will feature a pair of first round matches. The top two teams will receive a first-round bye while the No. 5 seed will travel to the No. 4 seed and the No. 6 seed will meet the No. 3 seed. All first round matchups will take place on May 1 at 2 p.m. with the winning teams advancing to the NEAC Final Four.

With Morrisville State College taking the top seed, Medaille College claimed the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye after with a 14-13 win over Keuka College on the final day of the regular season. Keuka College will host a first round game on Tuesday as the No. 3 seed due to conference tiebreaking procedures.

Bryn Athyn College will begin the postseason as the No. 4 seed after posting a 6-3 record against NEAC opponents and will host No. 5 seed Wells College after the Express ended the regular season with a 5-4 conference mark. Penn State Abington and Lancaster Bible finished with 3-6 conference records, but the Nittany Lions earned the final spot in the tournament with a 19-14 win over Lancaster Bible on April 6.

NEAC Women’s Lacrosse First Round                                                               

No. 5 Wells College @ No. 4 Bryn Athyn College

No. 6 Penn State Abington @ No. 3 Keuka College

The NEAC Semifinals are scheduled for May 5 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with the NEAC Championship game to follow on May 6 at 1 p.m. The winner of the NEAC Championship will receive an automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.