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Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams

The Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship consists of a field of 34 teams, of which 24 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 as an automatic berth (Pool A) or an at-large berth (Pool B and Pool C), an institution must play at least 70 percent of its competition against Division III in-region opponents, unless a waiver has been approved by the Division III Championships Committee.

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
NEWMAC
North Atlantic
North Eastern
Skyline
SUNYAC
New England Collegiate Conference (5 teams)
* Alfred State
SUNY Canton

South Region
Conferences with AQsPool B Teams
Capital
Centennial
Colonial States
Landmark
MAC Commonwealth
MAC Freedom
MIAA
Midwest
North Coast
Ohio
Ohio River
ODAC
Southern
CCIW (7 teams)
Colorado College
Dallas
Ferrum
Franciscan
Greensboro
Huntingdon
La Roche
Methodist
North Central
Northland
Northwestern (MN)
Piedmont
Southwestern
Whittier

* provisional member not eligible for championship

Primary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams

All of the primary criteria below, which emphasize regional competition, are considered, but not in priority order. (Note that an institution may exempt out-of-region contests during one period such as spring break.) 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 opponents from other classifications are used here.
  • Non-Division III win-loss percentage
  • Results vs. common non-Division III opponents
  • Non-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 500 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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