April 21, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Massachusetts will be the top seed for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship, which begins Friday, April 26 at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the UMass campus.
Duquesne, Temple and George Washington have also qualified for the championship, which determines the league’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. The final, which will be played on Sunday, will air live on CBS Sports Network while the semifinals will be streamed live on Atlantic10.com.
The Minutewomen, who will be playing for their fifth straight A-10 title, completed their third perfect conference season at 7-0. UMass was ranked 12th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 11th in the deBeer Media Poll in last week’s rankings and is currently 15-2 overall and on a 12-match winning streak.
Massachusetts will face fourth-seeded George Washington, who finished tied for third at 4-3 overall. The Colonials are 9-7 overall. The UMass-GW semifinal game will be played Friday at 1:00 pm.
Second-seeded Duquesne finished A-10 play at 5-2 and is 10-6 overall. The Dukes will face third-seeded Temple on Friday at 3:30 pm in the other semifinal. TU was 4-3 in league play and 9-7 overall.
GW, Richmond and Temple all tied for third at 4-3, initiating the league’s multiple-team tiebreaking procedure. TU earned the third seed by virtue of a win over Duquesne earlier in the season. The Colonials then claimed the fourth and final championship bid via a head-to-head tie breaker with Richmond.
The two semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 1:00 pm in the championship final.
Tickets to the Championship are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 16 and senior citizens. Atlantic 10 students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Adult two-day passes are also available for $10. All tickets may be purchased at the gate.