INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After winning the North Atlantic Conference Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, the Castleton University women's lacrosse team will face Westfield State in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday, May 13, in Geneva, N.Y.
The winner of the first round game between Castleton and Westfield State will take on host school William Smith College in the second round Sunday, May 14.
Castleton rallied for a 14-12 victory over New England College Saturday night to earn the NAC title and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans will bring a 12-6 overall record, including a 10-game winning streak, into the first round contest.
Westfield State is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after upsetting Bridgewater State, 15-5, to win the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Owls are 13-5 overall and finished second in the MASCAC regular season standings with a 6-1 league mark.
This will be the eighth meeting all-time between Castleton and Westfield State, with the Spartans holding a 6-1 series advantage. All of the meetings took place between 2007 and 2011, with the last game involving the two schools taking place April 16, 2011, in Castleton, Vt., with the Spartans prevailing, 16-11.
William Smith College is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Liberty League title with a 14-4 victory over Skidmore Saturday. The Herons are 18-1 overall, currently on a 15-game winning streak, and were ranked seventh in last week's IWLCA Coaches Poll.
Castleton University is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning its first NCAA victory in the 2015 first round against Morrisville State. To see the entire bracket, click here.