We have a huge weekend instore for both D2 and D3. For some it’s the last regular season game of the season, and for others it’s the start of conference tournament play with NCAA berths on the line. At this point in the year it’s win or go home and you can’t beat that. Hard to believe that it’s already May and things are starting to heat up both on the field and off!
National Polls: USILA
D3 Weekend Preview
Huge implications across the board for all teams involved. This is a multiple bid conference and the deeper you go the better the seed come selection Sunday.
Middlebury vs. Wesleyan – 1:00pm (NESCAC)
Huge game for both. Wesleyan is sitting in a great spot in terms of NCAA resume, but a NESCAC title is always on their mind. Middlebury needs this game and a deep run to keep them dancing.
Williams vs. Amherst – 1:00pm (NESCAC)
Another battle between two teams that have been in the Top 20 all season. The NESCAC is a brutal league that cannibalizes itself every year.
Bowdoin vs. Hamilton – 1:00pm (NESCAC)
Some might see this as an easy game for Bowdoin, but those that have been paying attention all season know that there is no such thing as an easy game in the NESCAC.
Tufts vs. Connecticut College – 3:00pm (NESCAC)
The Jumbos are rolling and they are starting to peak at the right time. Once again there are no easy outs in this league, but coming off of a huge midweek win it looks like the Jumbos are primed for another May run.
Mt. St. Vincent vs. Manhattanville – 3:00pm (SKYLINE)
Some might look at this game and wonder why someone would single this game out considering both programs don’t get a lot of publicity and are not in the National Discussion. The reason this game is getting singled out is because it is a game that is honoring the former Coach of both programs Dan Mulholland. Coach Mulholland recently passed away and left a tremendous legacy behind. Coach Mully was a Hudson Valley staple in the lacrosse world with stops at Pace, Manhattanville and CMSV. A former USILA Coach of the Year, Coach Mully spent his life as an educator and coach and his memory will never be forgotten.
D2 Weekend Preview
Wilmington vs. Chestnut Hill – Saturday – 11:00am (CACC FINALS)
A conference that doesn’t get a lot of love, but has put together a nice season across the board. A surprise team in DII this year in Wilmington has proven they belong with some big wins takes on a strong Chestnut Hill team that is looking to continue its success in the CACC.
Tampa vs. Florida Southern – Sunday – Time TBA (SUNSHINE STATE FINALS)
Huge game. Tampa has been on a roll all season and is looking to go into the NCAA playoffs with a perfect record, but they have a huge task at hand as their regular season matchups were tightly contested. Florida Southern has already taken down one #1 ranked team this season as they beat LeMoyne. Do they have another game like that in them? After the exciting finish to their Semi-final, I wouldn’t leave anything to chance. This should be a good one!
SAC Semifinals/ Finals
Arguably the strongest conference this season in DII sees all four teams in the Top Twenty fighting for a conference title. This is a multiple bid conference and it should be an interesting weekend. Semis on Friday, Finals on Sunday.
Limestone vs. Queens – Friday – 4:30pm (SAC SEMIFINALS)
The Saints are back and they are looking to take home the conference tournament championship. In their way is the Queens Royals. This game should be an exciting up and down game with lots of offense. The Saints have had a huge bounce back season and look like they can make a deep run in the tourney.
Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Wingate – Friday – 7:00pm (SAC SEMIFINALS)
In what has become quite the SAC Rivalry adds another chapter in 2022. Old foes that typically meet on Championship Sunday will meet in the conference tournament semifinals with a chance to add another trophy. LR has had a tremendous 2nd half of the season and have really started to hit their stride. Wingate has had a great season themselves and will look for a return trip the SAC Finals.