Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams|
The NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship is a 28-team, single-elimination tournament selected from three pools. Teams must play a minimum of eight NCAA varsity games to be eligible for the tournament, and games tied after regulation play must be decided in overtime.
There are 17 berths (Pool A) allocated to conferences that quality for automatic qualification (AQ). They are:
Capital Athletic ConferenceSee conferences for members and current standings.
Four berths (Pool B) are reserved for true independents and teams from conferences that do not receive an automatic qualification. Six berths (Pool C) are reserved for teams remaining from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their AQ berth.
There are no set minimum or maximum berths from one region.
Region 1 consists of schools from Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont. Region 2 consists of schools from New York and Pennsylvania. Region 3 consists of schools from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Region 4 consists os schools from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Primary Factors for Selecting At-Large Teams
Pool B and Pool C berths are determined on a national basis by the Division III Women's Lacrosse Committee by using regional selection criteria. However, note that in-region competition includes, in addition to actual in-region competition, all competition within a 200-mile radius. All of the following primary criteria are considered, but not in priority order:
(1) - (2) rankings are listed here.
Secondary Factors for Selecting At-Large Teams If the evaluation of the primary criteria does not result in a decision by the committee, the following secondary criteria will be evaluated, and some include results versus opponents from other classifications (i.e., provisional teams, NAIA, and the other two NCAA divisions).
To be considered for Pool B or Pool C selection, an institution must play at least 50% of its competition against Division III in-region opponents. Input is also provided by regional advisory committees. However, coaches' or other polls or rankings are not used by the selection committee.