Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights
May 04, 2014
Eagles Move On To NCAA Tournament
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--The entire Eastern Men's Lacrosse team waited patiently around the projector screen hoping to hear Eastern's name called during Sunday night's NCAA Tournament selection show.
Only 30 teams in the NCAA's Division III are rewarded for their play during the regular season with a spot in the postseason tournament. In Sunday's selection show, 23 of those 30 names had been called when the video stream froze, leaving the Eagles hanging in suspense. Finally, the stream returned and Eastern's name flashed on the screen, welcoming them to the NCAA tournament for a first-round date with the Washington College Shoremen .
The Shoremen (15-1), ranked No. 6 in the country, received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after winning the Centennial Conference Championship. The Shoremen's only loss this season came against No. 2 Salisbury.
Eastern is back in the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history. The Eagles made it to the tournament in 2012 after receiving the automatic qualifier for winning the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. The conference was re-structured in 2013 eliminating the automatic qualifier, and classifying the Eagles as a "Pool B" team. Despite winning the conference championship and having a 15-2 record, the Eagles were left out of the NCAA Tournament in 2013.
This year, the Eagles worked hard to "Leave No Doubt" and earned non-conference wins against Greensboro, Swarthmore, Haverford, Ferrum, Colorado and No. 12 York. The Eagles then swept through Freedom Conference play, improving to 14-4 and claiming their third-straight conference championship. The NCAA only awards five Pool B bids, and Eastern made the cut this season.
The Eagles will travel to Chestertown, Md., for Wednesday's opening round against the Washington College Shoremen.
Below are video highlights from Eastern's Freedom Championship win against DeSales.
Updated: Sunday, 04 May 2014