NCAA Division III Gettysburg Regional Championship Website
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg College will once again play host for the regional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship this weekend.
Four teams will converge on Clark Field for the next two rounds of the national playoffs on May 19-20. Both match ups Saturday feature rematches from the regular season. Host and third-ranked Gettysburg (17-2) will meet No. 5 University of Mary Washington (17-4) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Saturday's second contest will start at 2:30 p.m. and feature a pair of institutions from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in No. 6 Amherst College (16-2) and No. 15 Wesleyan University (12-6).
The two advancing teams will compete for the regional title and a berth in the national semifinals Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices for the event are $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens/students (13-18 or from participating institutions), and $2 for children ages 3-12. Children, ages two and under, will be admitted free of charge.
The Bullets are hosting regionals for the second consecutive season and for the 10th time in the last 19 years. Gettysburg opened the NCAA Tournament with a 19-4 decision over Westfield State University last Sunday. The defending national champs claimed the program's 11th Centennial Conference championship and posted nine wins over nationally-ranked squads this spring. Gettysburg is making its 17th consecutive appearance in the national playoffs and ranks fourth all-time with 32 NCAA wins. The Bullets have made the trip to the national semifinals six times since 2006.
Mary Washington was one of the teams to fall to the Bullets during the regular season, dropping a 12-4 decision on March 15. The Eagles made a strong run to the Capital Athletic Conference championship, knocking off No. 5 York (Pa.) College 12-11 in overtime before falling to No. 3 Salisbury University 12-7 in the title game. Mary Washington opened its 13th visit to the NCAA playoffs with an 18-6 victory over previously unbeaten University of Mount Union last Sunday. The Eagles last reached the national semifinals in 2002.
Amherst is seeking its second national title in its 13th trip to the national playoffs. The Mammoths ran through the regular season with eight wins over NCAA qualifying teams and a 9-1 record in the highly-competitive NESCAC. Amherst was upended in the NESCAC semis by Bowdoin College, but bounced with a 10-7 win over perennial national title contender and 17th-ranked SUNY Cortland in the second round of the national playoffs. The Mammoths claimed their first national title in 2003 and last reached the national semifinals in 2014 when it was hosted by Gettysburg. Amherst beat Wesleyan 8-6 in the regular-season meeting on April 4.
Wesleyan has faced off with 11 nationally-ranked teams this season and padded its tournament resume with a 7-6 win over current No. 1 College of New Jersey back on March 14. The Cardinals also upended Trinity (Conn.) College during the regular season and advanced to the NESCAC quarterfinals. Qualifying for the national postseason for the second year in a row, the squad posted a 13-10 win over No. 12 Messiah College and an 11-6 win over No. 18 St. John Fisher College to reach the third round. Wesleyan is in the midst of its best run in the national tournament.