The majority of play in convention match for NCAA Division I girls’s lacrosse begins right this moment. And the regrettable factor is that a lot consideration is being heaped on the ACC and the Large Ten tournaments that it’s simple to miss the opposite 14 conferences which shall be selecting a champion between now and Choice Sunday.
Every of those 14 conferences has a narrative. Two of them have extra-special tales as a result of their greatest groups aren’t within the convention match. Stony Brook received the regular-season title for America East with an undefeated league document, and James Madison received the regular-season title within the Colonial Athletic Affiliation, additionally with an unbeaten league document.
And but, neither the Seawolves nor the Dukes are taking part in this week. That’s as a result of their respective convention rendered these groups ineligible as a result of each faculties introduced they might be altering conferences later this yr. SBU is shifting to the CAA, whereas JMU’s lacrosse crew is becoming a member of the American Athletic Convention as an affiliate member.
There shall be some good video games developing within the subsequent couple of days. One which pops out at you instantly is that this night’s Patriot League match between the Naval Academy and Military West Level. These groups met just lately, and the Cadets have been in a position to win the sport 14-9. It was the one time in seven conferences that Military had the privilege of singing its alma mater second after the tip of the sport.
The late sport right this moment must also be an unbelievable encounter between Southern California and Arizona State. The edges met simply two weeks in the past to complete the common season, with USC successful 15-13. This one ought to be simply as shut.
Tomorrow, I believe a sport to look at is the CAA sport between Hofstra and Drexel. The Dragons have been an ideal Cinderella story a yr in the past, ending runner-up to James Madison within the CAA Match, however stepping into the NCAA Division I bracket as an at-large crew. Drexel had received 13 out of its first 14 video games of the season earlier than working into more durable competitors.
That more durable competitors continued this yr as Drexel went 10-7 on the marketing campaign. The Blue and Gold are the three-seed within the match, and will have a tricky street again to the Division I nationwide match.