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Men's Lax to Meet Host Middlebury in NESCAC Final Four

May 1, 2002

FROM A NESCAC RELEASE

HARTFORD, CT - Top-seeded Middlebury College hosts the semifinals and final of the 2002 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium with semifinal play on Saturday and the title game on Sunday.

Action gets underway at noon on Saturday with the Panthers (12-1) meeting fourth-seeded Amherst (9-6). The Jeffs advanced to the semifinals with a 10-7 victory over fifth-seeded Tufts on Tuesday in a game postponed from Sunday. Middlebury received a first-round bye after finishing conference play with an 8-1 mark. The Panthers defeated the Jeffs 20-10 midway through the season.

In Saturday's second semifinal at 3 p.m., second-seeded Bowdoin (11-3) faces third-seeded Colby (10-4). The Polar Bears advanced to the semifinals with a 14-10 win over Bates on Sunday, avenging one of its two conference losses during the season. Colby reached the semifinals by virtue of a 12-6 victory over Williams on Sunday. Bowdoin edged the White Mules 8-5 in the next-to-last game of the regular season.

The winner of the two semifinals will meet for the conference championship title at 12:00 p.m. at Youngman Field on Sunday. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Middlebury, the two-time defending NCAA Division III champion, is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the national tournament and sixth in seven years. Bowdoin, Colby, and Amherst are each seeking their first trip to the NCAA tournament.

2002 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament

First round/Sunday, April 28

No. 2 Bowdoin 14, No. 7 Bates 10
No. 3 Colby 12, No. 6 Williams 6

First round/Tuesday, April 30

No. 4 Amherst 10, No. 5 Tufts 7

Semifinals/Saturday, May 4 at Middlebury

No. 4 Amherst (9-6) vs. No. 1 Middlebury (12-1), 12:00 noon
No. 3 Colby (10-4) vs. No. 2 Bowdoin (11-3), 3:00 p.m.

Championship/Sunday, May 5 at Middlebury

Semifinal winners, 12:00 noon