Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams

The Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship consists of a maximum field of 28 teams, of which 18 are determined by conferences (Pool A) that receive automatic qualification (AQ).  Three berths (Pool B) are reserved for independents and teams from conferences that do not receive an AQ.  Seven berths (Pool C) are reserved for teams remaining from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their AQ berth.  There are no predetermined regional allocations for Pools B and C.

Teams must play at least 10 games in the traditional season against Division III opponents to be considered for selection.  To be considered for at-large selection (Pools B and C), a team must play at least 50% of its competition against Division III in-region opponents unless a waiver is received.

See conferences for members and current standings.

Evaluation regions are as follows:

North Region
Conferences with AQsPool B Teams
Commonwealth Coast
Empire 8
Great Northeast
Liberty
Little East
NESCAC
North Atlantic
Pilgrim
Skyline
SUNYAC
Bard
Cazenovia
Cobleskill
Keuka
La Roche
Manhattanville
Medaille
Mitchell
Morrisville
Penn State Abington
SUNYIT
Wells
Wheelock

South Region
Conferences with AQsPool B Teams
Capital
Centennial
Colonial States
Landmark
Middle Atlantic
Midwest
ODAC
SCAC
Alma
Augustana
Berry
Bethany
Christopher Newport
Denison
Ferrum
Greensboro
Hilbert
Huntingdon
Kenyon
Oberlin
Ohio Wesleyan
Otterbein
Piedmont
Saint Vincent
Thiel
Whittier
Wittenberg
Wooster


Primary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams

All of the following primary criteria, which emphasize regional competition, are considered, but not in priority order: Conference postseason games are included.  Contests versus provisional and reclassifying members in their third and fourth years are also counted, although provisional and reclassified members are ineligible for ranking and selections.


Secondary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams

If an evaluation of the primary selection criteria listed above does not result in a decision by the committee regarding at-large selections, the following secondary criteria are reviewed (although not in priority order). Results against out-of-region Division III opponents as well as those in other classifications are used here.
  • Out-of-region head-to-head competition
  • Overall Division III won-loss percentage
  • Results vs. common non-Division III opponents
  • Results vs. all Division III ranked teams
  • Overall win-loss percentage
  • Results vs. all common opponents
  • Overall Division III strength of schedule

Miscellaneous Selection Information

Input is also provided by regional advisory committees.  However, coaches' or other polls or rankings are not used by the selection committee. Although teams are assigned to evaluation regions, the NCAA considers games versus Division III opponents located within 200 miles of its campus to be "in-region" and part of the primary selection/ranking criteria.

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