Women's Lacrosse Championship Weekend Set to be Hosted by Middlebury
May 1, 2002
FROM A NESCAC RELEASE
HARTFORD, CT - Top-seeded and top-ranked Middlebury College hosts the semifinals and final of the 2002 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament at Kohn Field with semifinal play on Saturday and the title game on Sunday.
Action gets underway at noon on Saturday with the host Panthers (12-0) facing fourth-seeded Colby (10-3), which advanced to the semifinals with an 11-7 win over fifth-seeded Bowdoin on Sunday. The Panthers defeated the While Mules 12-6 in the conference opener for both schools in mid-March. Middlebury received a first-round bye after finishing conference play with a 9-0 mark.
Saturday's second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. features rivals Amherst and Williams battling for the second time in a week. In last Saturday's regular season finale, the Jeffs edged the visiting Ephs 9-7. Second-seeded Amherst (11-1) defeated seventh-seeded Trinity 11-6 in the first round on Sunday, while third-seeded Williams (9-3) defeated sixth-seeded Bates 16-3.
The winner of the two semifinals will meet for the conference championship title at noon at Kohn Field on Sunday. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Middlebury, which captured the NCAA Division III title last year, is seeking to continue its streak of eight consecutive years reaching at least the national semifinals. Amherst advanced to the national title game last year for the second time in three years before falling in overtime to the national champion Panthers. Williams advanced to the national championship game in 2000. Colby is seeking its first trip to the national tournament.
2002 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament
First round/Sunday, April 28
No. 2 Amherst 11, No. 7 Trinity 6
No. 3 Williams 16, No. 6 Bates 3
No. 4 Colby 11, No. 5 Bowdoin 7
Semifinals/Saturday, May 4 at Middlebury
No. 4 Colby (10-3) vs. No. 1 Middlebury (12-0), 12:00 noon
No. 3 Williams (9-3) vs. No. 2 Amherst (11-1), 2:30 p.m.
Championship/Sunday, May 5 at Middlebury
Semifinal winners, 12:00 noon