The Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team will embark on its run in the NCAA Division III Championship as the No. 11 ranked team in the final regular-season poll issued by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Gettysburg (14-4) picked up 192 points to finish just outside the top 10 entering the national playoffs. RIT (18-1) earned top billing with 13 first-place votes and 355 points. Salisbury University (19-1) and Tufts University (17-1) moved up the poll into second and third, respectively, while York (Pa.) College (17-2) dropped to fourth. Williams College (15-3) rounded out the top five.
The Bullets will meet newly-ranked St. John Fisher College (16-2) in the second round of the NCAA playoffs on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. The Cardinals enter the postseason ranked 18th after claiming their first-ever title in the Empire 8 Conference title. Gettysburg is making its 26th national appearance after finishing runner-up in the Centennial Conference Championship.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: The Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team will head into the NCAA Division III Championship as the top-ranked team in the country according to the final regular-season poll issued by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
After four weeks in the passenger seat, Gettysburg (17-1) reclaimed the top spot in the national poll. The Bullets picked up nine first-place votes and 609 total points to edge former No. 1 Washington and Lee University (17-2), which tallied 14 first-place votes and 607 points. Gettysburg held the No. 1 position for seven-straight polls at the start of the campaign before giving way to the Generals in early April.
Middlebury College (17-1) took home the final two first-place nods and remained third with 583 points. Tufts University (16-2) and Franklin & Marshall College (15-4) swapped spots with the Jumbos moving into fourth and the Diplomats dropping to fifth.
York College (15-5) moved into sixth after claiming the Capital Athletic Conference title last weekend with a win over Salisbury University (16-3), which dropped to seventh. Wesleyan (Conn.) University (14-3) moved to eighth followed by the University of Mary Washington (15-4) and Catholic University (15-4) in ninth and 10th, respectively.
Gettysburg hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA playoffs this weekend. On Saturday, Westminster (Pa.) College (14-2) and Notre Dame (Md.) College (11-5) meet in the opening round at Clark Field at 1 p.m. The victor draws the top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Bullets Sunday at 1 p.m.