The month of May means a few things. The weather warms up (hopefully), the unofficial start to summer approaches, and school is winding down for some.
But it also means the second season of college lacrosse is here. Yes, the playoffs. No more recovering from losses the following week, because if you lose, your season is done.
The NCAA unveiled the tournament brackets for Divisions I, II, and III on the men’s and women’s side Sunday night. We had a live College Crossecast reacting to the unveiling of the men’s Division I bracket.
But as for the other divisions, as well as our good friends from the MCLA, they don’t get a ton of love. But we hope to give them as much love as possible this month.
Here’s all of the notable playoff tournament brackets!
NCAA Men’s Division I
NCAA Men’s Division II
Despite going 15-0 entering the NE-10 semifinals, Le Moyne fell to Saint Anselm for their first loss of the season. Merrimack, who lost to Le Moyne earlier in the season but won the conference championship, took home the top seed in the North.
In the South, Lenoir-Rhyne is the top seed with a 16-2 record. Limestone, who won last year’s national championship and three of the last four, are not in the NCAA Tournament after an 11-8 season.
NCAA Men’s Division III
The NCAA Tournaments have actually begun with the Division III First Round games. The winners will have the unfortunate duties to play tomorrow against RIT, Tufts, Gettysburg, and Salisbury, the top four seeds in the tournament. That kinda seems unfair.
There’s a good amount of quality D3 teams this year, and I think we’ll see a new winner after back-to-back Salisbury titles. Could Tufts return to glory after an absence last year? Can RIT rebound from last year’s title loss to the Sea Gulls? Can Gettysburg take home their first ever national championship in what would be their fourth appearance in the title game?
NCAA Women’s Division I
The women add one game to their bracket this year, as there’s now an Opening Round to decide who will play the #7 Towson Tigers before the First Round begins. The names don’t make sense, but such is life. Towson and Loyola, the #8 seed, will play in the First Round before the top six seeds will open up in the Second Round.
The biggest and most controversial surprise is Stony Brook being given the #5 seed, despite finishing the season undefeated. It was the second straight year the Seawolves had a surprise seed.
NCAA Women’s Division II
New this year are four regions (Atlantic, East, Midwest, and South) instead of the North and South regions they had last year, similar to the men’s tournament.
Last year, the NE-10 and ECC had all six spots in the North region. This year, the maximum they could have had in the East region was three, which is exactly what happened.
Shoutout to West Chester, the top seed in the Atlantic and also undefeated this season, for making it into the Division II tournament!
NCAA Women’s Division III
Yeah there’s a lot of teams here. Last year’s finalists, Gettysburg (national champions) and TCNJ are back in the mix, along with Salisbury and Middlebury.
MCLA Division I
The MCLA Tournaments have already begun. One surprise has already happened with #13 California taking down #4 seed Colorado. The quarterfinals are today.
One matchup to watch is Utah-BYU. The Utes, who are moving to NCAA Division I status next year, crushed the Cougars, 16-8.
MCLA Division II
Quarterfinals are also today. Besides the 9-8 upset from Florida Gulf Coast, all the top seeds moved on.
Shoutout to North Dakota State, Carson Wentz’s team, for reaching the quarters. They lost to eventual champion Concordia-Irvine (now in MCLA Division I) in the semifinals last year.
LaxAllStars will be streaming all the MCLA tournament games. Voices such as Booker Corrigan, Ryan Powell, and even our good friend Dylan Sheridan from the Cleveland State Vikings will commentate on the games.