SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott women's lacrosse team went undefeated in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play for the third year in a row to claim the 2019 Regular-Season Championship and the top seed in the upcoming CCC Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The Gulls (8-0 CCC, 12-5 overall) will also be seeking their third consecutive tournament title.
Roger Williams (7-1 CCC, 11-5 overall), which has appeared in the past three CCC Championship games against the Gulls, will be the second seed in this year's tournament. The Hawks only conference loss of the season came against the Regular-Season Champions.
The University of New England (6-2 CCC, 9-7 overall) will be the No. 3 seed this year and Curry (4-4 CCC, 10-7 overall) will serve as the No. 4 seed.
Due to a change in the conference by-laws over the summer, seven teams now qualify for the CCC Tournament with the No. 1 seed receiving a bye. The remaining teams play in the CCC Quarterfinal round on Saturday, April 27. The Hawks, Nor'easters, and Colonels will serve as the hosts.
The Hawks quarterfinal matchup will be against No. 7 seed Wentworth, which went 2-6 in conference play (9-6 overall) this year. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Nor'easters will host No. 6 seed Salve Regina (3-5 CCC, 7-6 overall) at 1 p.m. and the Colonels will meet No. 5 seed Western New England (4-4 CCC, 9-8 overall) at 3 p.m.
The league's tiebreaking procedure was used to break two ties in conference standings. Both Curry and Western New England finished the year with 4-4 league records. The Colonels earned the right to host the 4/5 matchup by virtue of their head-to-head, 16-15 victory last week. A tiebreaker was also needed to determine the final team to earn a tournament berth as Wentworth and Gordon both compiled 2-6 conference records. The Leopards' head-to-head win on Wednesday afternoon gave them the edge over the Fighting Scots.
Saturday's quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round on Tuesday, April 30. The winner of the Curry-WNE game will visit the top-seeded Gulls. The other two quarterfinal winners will play each other in the other semifinal with the higher seed serving as host. Game times for the semifinal round will be determined after the completion of the first round.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Women's Lacrosse Championship which takes place on Friday, May 3. The winner will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
#7 Wentworth at #2 Roger Williams, 7 p.m.
#6 Salve Regina at #3 University of New England, 1 p.m.
#5 Western New England at #4 Curry, 3 p.m.
Semifinals – Tuesday, April 30
#4/5 winner at #1 Endicott, TBD
#2/7 winner vs. #3/6 winner, TBD
Finals – Friday, May 3
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.