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:

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

South Region
Conferences with AQsPool B Teams
Capital
Centennial
Colonial States
Commonwealth
Landmark
MIAA
Midwest
North Coast
ODAC
Aracdia
Baldwin-Wallace
Beloit
Berry
Bethany
Birmingham-Southern
Centenary (LA)
Centre
Christopher Newport
Colorado College
Dallas
DeSales
Eastern
Fairleigh Dickinson
Ferrum
Franciscan
Greensboro
Hendrix
Huntingdon
King's
La Roche
Millsaps
Misercordia
Mount Union
Oglethorpe
Otterbein
Piedmont
Rhodes
Saint Vincent
Sewanee
Southern Virginia
Southwestern
Thiel
Transylvania
Whittier
Wilmington (OH)


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 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).

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