SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Commonwealth Coast Conference Champion (CCC) Salve Regina, the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, begins its NCAA Championship journey in the Mid-Atlantic Regional as announced on NCAA.com early this morning.
Salve Regina's opening opponent in the Mid-Atlantic regional, which is hosted by Misericordia in Moosic, Pa., is St. John Fisher. The Cardinals earned an at-large bid into the tournament after finishing 34-11 (16-2 Empire 8), but losing in the final game of the Empire 8 Championship. They will play their NCAA Regional opener on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:45 p.m.
The Seahawks finished fourth in the CCC this year with a conference record of 10-6 (26-16-1 overall). After losing to the Endicott on day two of the conference championship, Salve Regina won four elimination games in a row to claim the conference crown. They needed two wins in the Championship round against Endicott to earn conference title. After earning a 10-3 win in the early game, the Seahawks outlasted their opponent for a 2-1 victory in the "if necessary" game.
The six remaining teams in the Mid-Atlantic Regional field include host Misericordia, MAC Freedom Champions, No. 10 Salisbury, winners of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), Haverford, Centennial Conference Champions, and Penn State-Berks, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) automatic qualifiers. Also in the field are at-large selections, UMass-Boston, out of the Little East (LEC), and Kean, out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).