Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams|
The Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship consists of a maximum field of 29 teams, of which 19 are determined by conferences (Pool A) that receive automatic qualification (AQ). Five berths (Pool B) are reserved for independents and teams from conferences that do not receive an AQ. Five 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:
Primary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams
All of the following primary criteria, which emphasize regional competition, are considered, but not in priority order:
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.
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 also 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. In-region also includes any conference play as well as competition in an institution's geographic region (see the Pre-Championship Manual for the details).