Releases courtesy of Babson and Springfield Sports Information.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - On Sunday evening the NCAA released the field for the 2018 Women's Lacrosse National Championship. After earning the conferences AQ over the weekend Babson will travel to Middlebury and face Castleton while Runner-Up Springfield earned at At-Large selection and will face Elms at Trinity.
Fresh off capturing its second consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship, the Babson College women's lacrosse team will travel to Middlebury College for the opening weekend of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship. The Beavers will take on Castleton University in the first round on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to face the host the Panthers in a second round matchup on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Michelle Smith, the Green and White grabbed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title and then defeated Springfield College, 15-13, in Sunday's tournament final. Babson, which is back in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and seventh time overall, advanced to the second round before falling to Trinity College last season.
Castleton (11-6) went undefeated in league play and captured its seventh consecutive North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament championship with a 12-10 win over Colby-Sawyer on Saturday. The Spartans lost to Westfield State University in the first round of last year's championship and picked up their only NCAA Tournament win over Morrisville State College back in 2015.
Sixth-ranked Middlebury (16-2) punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time with a 13-10 win over 13th-ranked Bowdoin College in Sunday's NESCAC championship game. The Panthers reached the national semifinals in 2015 and won their sixth Division III national title in 2016.
The Springfield College women's lacrosse team earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and will return to the national stage for the second time in the last three seasons, taking on Elms College at host Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday, May 12.
The Pride, which has won nine of its last 10 games and currently holds an overall record of 14-6, earned one of 13 at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament, including one of six from the New England region. In Springfield College's most recent trip to the national stage, the Pride defeated both Bridgewater State and nationally-ranked Bates to earn the program's first-ever trip to the Sweet 16, resulting in a program-record 16 total wins on the season.
Elms College, which is 10-8 on the year, earn an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after defeating Wheelock, 15-9, in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) on Saturday, May 5. This will be the Blazers' first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Trinity, which is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings, holds a record of 11-6 as it also earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The Bantams fell to No. 6 Middlebury, 16-13, on in the conference semifinals on Saturday, May 5.
Springfield College and Trinity squared off on March 27, 2018, as the Bantams prevailed 16-7, despite a 12-save effort from Brenna Keefe (Acton, Mass.) and a pair of goals from senior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.).