of New York Athletic Conference AQ.
So while we wait for the Selection Committee to grant admission to the Pool B and C teams, we can at least review the Pool A winners who earned their spots by taking their conferences.
Clarkson pushed RIT to the wire, but the Tigers prevailed to hold on to the Liberty League. Eastern Connecticut took down Keene State to win the Little East. Adrian beat Albion to claim the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association AQ. Another team destined for some travel will be Aurora after they took the Midwest Lacrosse Nike Metcon Id 3
Conference title. Castleton roughed up New England College for the North Atlantic Conference AQ. After upsetting Denison in the first round, Ohio Wesleyan comes back to the tournament by virtue of the inaugural bid of the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Dickinson is almost surely the No. 1 seed in the South, as is Cortland the No. 1 in the North. RIT will then likely join the Dragons and Devils with byes on Wednesday, but if this bracket has a particular drawl to it this year, that because it the year of the South.
Salisbury still has a strong enough record to likely lock up one of the five at large bids, but in some ways they usurp that chance from someone else as the Gulls were picked to win the CAC as they do every year. Washington and Gettysburg were likely in a tough spot against the powerhouse Dickinson, but of the two, WAC resume likely looks a little better, despite the head to head loss. The committee likes good in region wins, and WAC win against Salisbury might be better than Gettysburg wins against Lynchburg and WAC, though Salisbury falling might hurt that. Regional rankings will play a large part of this, in both evaluating teams and their wins.
Otterbein, Christopher Newport, Colorado College, Sewanee, Centre, Eastern and Keuka are the likeliest suitors, and whomever comes forth, they will probably face a higher ranked opponent in the first round. tonight.
The 29 team field will be broken up into three pools. Pool A consists of the 19 automatic qualifying bids from their respective conferences. Pool B offers five bids from independents and non AQ conferences. Pool C is the last resort for most teams, offering five at large spots to the remaining teams.
As of May 1, teams that haven already claimed an AQ sit as follows:
In what was considered a toss up game with Endicott, Western New England took the Commonwealth Coast AQ. The surprise in the Empire 8 this year, Nazareth beat Ithaca to seal that bid. Norwich downed Mount Ida for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title. Susquehanna coach Stewart Moan will have to recuse himself from the selection call as they talk about his future opponent after winning the Landmark Conference.
(though I doubt that as the ideal goal is to pick the five best at large resumes and fit them in wherever you have to afterwards).
My guess would be Salisbury, Washington College, Lynchburg, W should feel pretty comfortable, but that fifth spot I haven a clue, and if it winds up being five Southern teams it wouldn surprise me terribly, though perhaps there is a chance a Northern team will get some kind of bump by virtue of needing to set up the bracket a certain way Nike Kyrie Iii - Men's
St. Mary surprised many with by upsetting Salisbury to take the Capital Athletic Conference AQ. Dickinson continued their undefeated run by steamrolling Franklin Marshall to lock up the Centennial title. The first sure thing of the field was confirmed when Cabrini buried Centenary to seal up the Colonial States Athletic Conference spot. A likely at large contender if they stumbled, Stevenson took care Nike Kyrie 2 Black And Blue of their own business squeaking out a win against Widener for the MAC Commonweath title.
Field Coming to Form
So a quick run down again of all 19 automatic qualifiers:
CAC St. Mary Pool B falls to the independents. More will likely drift to the South region than the North, meaning there will likely be just one bye in the South; the other two will fall to the North. While 50 teams or so make up this potential group, it seems fewer then 10 are considered truly in contention.
Washington College, Lynchburg, Washington Lee, Middlebury, Stevens, Gettysburg, Connecticut College, Franklin Marshall and Salisbury all lost in their conference playoffs, with the loss by the Gulls being potentially the most surprising and influential.
After a slow start, Roanoke continued their undefeated run through the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, defeating Washington Lee for the title. Montclair State continues to rule the roost of the Skyline Conference, winning their fifth straight title. After a close regular season battle, Cortland State distanced itself from Plattsburgh to take the State University Nike Lebron Xiii Low On Feet
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