Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams|
The Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship is an 18-team, single-elimination tournament. Nine conferences are eligible for automatic qualification. However, the two lowest-ranked AQ teams, regardless of conference RPI, will compete in a preliminary game to determine the final AQ spot in the 16-team bracket. The remaining teams are selected at large. Conferences with Automatic Qualifier (AQ) consideration are:
America EastSee conferences for members and current standings.
A team must play a minimum of 10 games against Division I opponents during the regular season to be considered for selection. To be considered as an at-large selection, a team must have a .500 or better record against Division I opponents.
Primary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams
The Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee employs criteria specified in NCAA Bylaws. When selecting teams for possible at-large berths, primary factors considered when reviewing teams' won-loss records and strength of schedule are (not in priority order) as follows:
The top eight teams are seeded and separated in the bracket, with the remaining eight placed geographically with consideration also given to separating conference opponents in the first round.