WINTHROP, Mass. – Johnson & Wales University will serve as the No. 1 seed next week as the 2017 GNAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament gets underway at the top-four seeds. For the complete tournament schedule and list of quarterfinal matchups, please see below.
JWU ran the table in conference play, going a perfect 9-0 after falling in last year's championship contest to Lasell College.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine is locked into the No. 2 seed, while Lasell will be the No. 3 seed. Fourth-seeded Mount Ida College will also host a quarterfinal contest on Wednesday. The Monks will host #7 Norwich University, a team the Royal Blue defeated by a 14-6 score in Vermont in what was the first conference game for both programs back on March 25th.
Saint Joseph's secures the #2 seed after posting an 8-1 mark in conference play with a 12-3 overall record. The Monks' lone conference loss, an 18-10 setback at the hands of Johnson & Wales on April 22nd, was the team's first GNAC defeat since April 19th, 2014 and snapped a 23-game regular-season winning streak versus conference opponents.
St. Joe's, the top seed in the 2015 and 2016 tournaments, claimed the 2015 title – the Monks' first championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament appearance – and suffered a 6-5 loss to Lasell College in the semifinal round last spring.
The semifinals will take place at high seeds on Friday, May 5, followed by the GNAC title game on Sunday, May 7.
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, May 3
Game 1: #8 Rivier at #1 JWU - 7:00 PM
Game 2: #5 Emmanuel at #4 Mount Ida - 4:00 PM
Game 3: #6 Simmons at #3 Lasell - 3:00 PM
Game 4: #7 Norwich at #2 Saint Joseph's of Maine - 4:00 PM (at Deering HS)
Semifinals - Friday, May 5
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Championship - Sunday, May 7
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 12 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 17 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.
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Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.