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NCAA Men’s DI Lacrosse Conference Comparison: Tournament Edition

The regular season is officially heading into the home stretch as NCAA lacrosse conference tournaments are looming. Three conferences didn’t see a single out of conference game (CAA, Big Ten, and SoCon). But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still action to be had! The biggest shift this week was the Patriot winning two of their three games and the Big East lost their only two. Those results actually tied both conferences for fourth place. Take a look at where things stand, then dive into how each NCAA lacrosse conference tournament is sitting as they head towards their conference tournaments.

2019 Conference Comparison

Conference Record % +/-
ACC 31-10 0.756 -0.007
Big Ten 36-17 0.679 0.000
CAA 30-22 0.577 0.000
Patriot 29-23 0.558 0.007
Big East 29-23 0.558 -0.022
Ivy League 25-22 0.532 -0.003
NEC 26-31 0.456 0.020
MAAC 21-30 0.412 -0.005
SoCon 20-32 0.385 0.000
DI Independent 15-30 0.333 -0.024
America East 15-34 0.306 0.030

Note: The records listed for each NCAA lacrosse conference tournament comparison are based on the Monday through Sunday schedule of the previous week.

Given that we’re about to jump into the NCAA lacrosse conference tournaments, let’s take a look at how all of those races are shaping up. Reminder that only the ACC and Independents do not have an automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.

Syracuse OT Win Over No. 2 Duke ncaa lacrosse conference tournament
Photo: Ryan Conwell / Lacrosse All Stars

ACC

Dates April 25-27 & May 4

Location UNC & Campus Site

SCHOOL ACC OVERALL Notes
Virginia 3-1 10-3 #1 Seed Locked
Duke 2-2 10-3 Seed TBD
Syracuse 2-2 8-3 Seed TBD
North Carolina 1-2 7-5 Seed TBD
Notre Dame 1-2 6-5 Seed TBD

The ACC is going with a five-team tournament this time. The fourth and fifth seeds play on Thursday, then meet the top seed on Saturday. The two and three seeds will play each other for the right to play in the championship, which is hosted the next weekend and the highest remaining seed. Given the league dynamics, I also wonder how bad it is to be fourth or fifth. You get an extra game against a high RPI team, and if you do manage to win, it means three games over two weekends. You could do better with that then just losing the first game for sure.

Big Ten

Dates May 2-4

Location Rutgers

SCHOOL B1G OVERALL Remaining
*Penn State 3-0 10-1 JHU, RUT
Maryland 2-1 10-2 JHU, OSU
Johns Hopkins 2-1 6-5 PSU, MD
Ohio St. 1-2 8-2 MD, MI
Rutgers 1-2 6-6 PSU, MI
Michigan 0-3 3-8 OSU, RUT

Only the top four teams make the tournament, but it’s still wide open right now. This league is also full of scenarios. Even Michigan has a shot if they beat Ohio State and Rutgers, assuming both lose their other game, too. Only Penn State has a spot clinched so far, though. Their win over Ohio State gives them that head to head tiebreaker at three wins should it come to that. Even Maryland could be eliminated by dropping both remaining games. Them at 2-3 in conference could leave Rutgers and Ohio State with three wins and Hopkins with four.

CAA

Dates May 3-5

Location TBD (Highest Seed)

SCHOOL CAA OVERALL Remaining
*Delaware 3-0 10-2 TOW, MASS
UMass 2-1 8-4 FAIR, DEL
Towson 2-1 7-4 DEL, DRE
Drexel 1-2 5-6 HOF, TOW
Hofstra 1-2 4-8 DRE, FAIR
Fairfield 0-3 5-7 MASS, HOF

The CAA is another four-team tournament. While Delaware has clinched a spot, they haven’t locked in the top seed. This is a conference that is only going to get one bid, so making the tournament is everything right now. Once that field is set, it’s a new season.

Boston Terriers defeat No. 2 Loyola Greyhounds ncaa lacrosse conference tournament
Photo: Ryan Conwell / Lacrosse All Stars

Patriot League

Dates April 30 – May 5

Location Campus sites and #1 Seed (TBD)

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL Remaining
Loyola Maryland * 5-1 9-3 Playing for seed
Lehigh * 5-1 8-5 Playing for seed
Army West Point * 5-2 9-3 Loy
Boston University 4-2 9-4 HC, NAV
Holy Cross 3-3 6-5 BU, LEH
Navy 3-4 5-6 BU
Bucknell 2-4 4-8 LEH, COL
Colgate 1-5 3-8 Eliminated
Lafayette 0-6 4-9 Eliminated

With half of the field set, things are close. Bucknell is still hanging on by a thread. With their only league wins being Holy Cross and Lafayette, things are not looking good. They need to win at least one game and Holy Cross to lose both. They could also get it if Navy loses to BU and they win both of their games. Either way, this is going down to the final games to determine the field and ultimate seeding. Loyola will be fine if they stay tied with Lehigh to host the entire tournament. But both of them need at least one more win each to lock in the first-round bye.

Big East

Dates May 2-4

Location Denver

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL Remaining
Denver 2-1 7-4 PRO, MAR
Villanova 2-1 7-5 STJ, PRO
Providence 2-1 6-7 DEN, NOVA
Georgetown 2-2 9-4 STJ
Marquette 2-2 6-6 DEN
St. John’s 0-3 4-8 NOVA, GT

The Big East is another four-team playoff, and with so many games left to play, there is too much that can still happen. St. John’s is obviously the closest to being eliminated. They need to win both of their games AND have Villanova also lose to Providence. That would put them in the three-way tie with Villanova and Georgetown, with head to head victories over both. Even Denver could be eliminated by losing both remaining games and every other two win team picking up a win.

ncaa lacrosse conference tournament
Photo: Ryan Conwell / Lacrosse All Stars

Ivy League

Dates May 3-5

Location Columbia University

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL Remaining
*Penn 5-0 7-3 DART
*Yale 4-1 8-2 HAR
Cornell 2-2 8-4 BRO, PRI
Brown 2-2 5-7 COR, DART
Princeton 1-3 6-6 HAR, COR
Harvard 1-3 5-6 PRI, YALE
Dartmouth 0-4 2-9 ELIMINATED

Yale and Penn have at least clinched spots in the tournament, with Penn being the No. 1 seed. Those last two spots will be interesting, though. Brown and Cornell play each other next, which will let one clinch, while the other is still scrambling. Since Harvard and Princeton both play each other as well, that means the final spot won’t be decided until the final week of the regular season.

NEC

Dates May 2-4

Location TBD (Highest Seed)

School NEC Overall Remaining
Mount St. Mary’s 4-0 8-5 HOB, STJ
Hobart 3-1 9-3 MSM, RMU
Sacred Heart 3-2 8-5 WAG
Saint Joseph’s 2-2 6-6 WAG, MSM
Robert Morris 2-2 5-7 BRY, HOB
Bryant 1-4 3-9 RMU
Wagner 0-4 2-10 ELIMINATED

Even being undefeated in conference to far does nothing for Mount St. Mary’s. Things are still just too tight to say they’re officially into the four team tournament. Bryant can still get in with a win AND two St. Joseph’s losses. This is another situation where this conference is only going to send one team to the NCAA tournament. Once that window closes on the postseason, it’s closed.

MAAC

Dates May 2-4

Location Marist

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL Remaining
*Marist 5-1 7-5 CAN
Canisius 4-1 8-5 MAN, MAR
Detroit Mercy 4-2 7-4 SIENA
Quinnipiac 3-2 6-5 MON, MAN
Siena 3-2 6-5 DET, MON
Monmouth 2-3 3-7 QUI, SIE
Manhattan 1-4 5-7 ELIMINATED
St. Bonaventure 0-7 0-13 ELIMINATED

The MAAC, like most of the other conference is a one-bid, four-team playoff. There are already two teams out, and Marist has clinched a playoff spot, but not their seed. They’ll be hosting anyway, which is always a help. After that, it’s a virtual toss-up. Five teams fighting for three spots. Monmouth would be eliminated with a loss this weekend to Quinnipiac.

SoCon

Dates May 2-4

Location High Point

School Conference Overall Remaining
High Point 4 – 1 10 – 2 BELL, RICH
Air Force 4 – 1 8 – 4 VMI, BELL
Richmond 4 – 1 7 – 5 MER, HPU
Jacksonville 3 – 2 4 – 8 FUR, MER
Bellarmine 3 – 2 3 – 8 HPU, AFA
Furman 1 – 4 3 – 9 JAX, VMI
Mercer 1 – 4 1 – 10 RICH, JAX
VMI 0 – 5 4 – 7 ELIMINATED

For such a big conference, it’s almost crazy that it all comes down to just four teams. But given how close everyone is, that’s a big reason why nobody has clinched a spot yet. For example, High Point could lose their two games, and if Bellarmine beats Air Force while Air force beats VMI, Richmond beats Mercer, and Jacksonville beats Furman and Mercer: High Point finishes 10-4, but misses the SoCon tournament. So let’s just see how this weekend plays out before we really take stock into who’s in and who’s out.

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Utah Lacrosse vs. Vermont February 1, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo / Steve C. Wilson / University of Utah)

America East

Dates May 2-4

Location TBD

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL Remaining
*Vermont 4-1 7-4 SB
*Albany 4-1 5-6 SB
Stony Brook 3-1 7-5 VERM, ALB
Hartford 2-2 4-9 BING, UMBC
UMass Lowell 1-3 4-8 UMBC, BING
UMBC 1-3 3-7 UML, HART
Binghamton 0-4 0-11 ELIMINATED

Vermont and Albany have both locked in spots in the America East tournament, but the host is not decided. The top three teams all play each other, leaving the battle for that fourth spot totally self contained, for the most part. Technically, Binghamton is out, but they could still make things interesting.

Stay tuned for more NCAA lacrosse conference tournaments analysis!

As always, here are the past two years of conference records for reference.

2018:

Conference Record % Bids
ACC 36-13 .735 4
Big Ten 38-14 .731 2
Big East 33-20 .623 3
Ivy League 31-22 .585 2
Patriot 28-24 .538 1
America East 29-27 .518 1
NEC 27-28 .491 1
CAA 22-29 .431 1
MAAC 19-36 .345 1
SoCon 13-39 .250 1
Independent 7-31 .184 0

2017:

Conference Record % Bids
Big Ten 45-8 0.849 4
ACC 36-14 0.720 4
Colonial 28-22 0.560 1
America East 29-26 0.527 1
Ivy 25-25 0.500 1
Northeast 28-31 0.475 1
Patriot 27-30 0.474 1
Big East 25-28 0.472 2
MAAC 19-36 0.345 1
Southern 18-36 0.333 1
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