After a few days of lacrosse that has just been bonkers since the start, the conference championships have been set for each and every conference. These look to be fantastic games over the weekend while we have had plenty of surprises already.
Here is a conference by conference breakdown of what is in store for lacrosse fans over the next couple days.
Atlantic Coast Conference
The ACC started their tournament earlier than anyone else with a quarterfinal game and semifinals taking place last weekend. In the single quarterfinal game, North Carolina beat Syracuse is surprising fashion. The Tar Heels then fell to Virginia in a crazy semifinal game that was full of back-and-forth action. Notre Dame defeated Duke in the semifinals as they dominated early on and never really let Duke get back into it.
Championship Game: #1 Virginia vs #3 Notre Dame – Saturday, May 4th 2PM
America East Conference
This year has been a little different in the America East and that has carried over into the conference tournament as well. UMBC is back on their grind as absoutley buried top seed Stony Brook in the semifinals. In the second semifinal, Vermont defeated Albany in a game that was pretty tight most of the way.
Championship Game: #4 UMBC vs #2 Vermont – Saturday, May 4th 12PM
Big East Conference
Every year it seems like the Big East creates a mess because of the amount of upsets we see in that conference. The Big East tournament is just as crazy as ever, but still maybe more chalky than in past years. In the first semifinal game Georgetown barley skimmed past Providence and the Denver pretty much ran through Villanova in the second semifinal.
Championship Game: #1 Denver vs #2 Georgetown – Saturday, May 4th 4:30PM
Big Ten Conference
Man has this tournament been a good one so far. Besides Penn State blowing out Rutgers in the first semifinal game things were exciting in the second semifinal contest. Johns Hopkins pulled off the upset for the second time in less than a week and took down rival Maryland. The Blue Jays are as hot as every coming into the weekend but a tough Nittany Lions team stands in their way.
Championship Game: #1 Penn State vs #3 Johns Hopkins – Saturday, May 4th 7PM
Colonial Athletic Association
So far the CAA has been one of the craziest as far as conference tournaments go. In teh semifinals UMass was upset by Drexel in a pretty dominating victory. While the Dragons shocked the world Towson did their thing, taking down Delaware in the second CAA semifinal game. The way things have gone I would be ready to expect anything in this championship game.
Championship Game: #4 Drexel vs #2 Towson – Saturday, May 4th 1PM
The Ivy League
It’s been al chalk in the Ivy League tournament, but that’s not to say that we didn’t have any close ones. Top seed Penn had to escape Brown in the semifinals and Yale had to ward off a late game comeback from Cornell that ultimately fell short. This championship game should be stellar as the regular season matchup saw multiple overtime periods.
Championship Game: #1 Penn vs #2 Yale – Sunday, May 5th 12PM
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC was the craziest conference by far last season and that trend continued this year as well. While it’s been all chalk in the semifinals there was at least one great game. In the first semifinal Quinnipiac devoured Detroit Mercy while Marist had to fight and claw for a victory over Canisius in the second semifinal game. This is looking to be a very exciting championship game.
Championship Game: #1 Marist vs #2 Quinnipiac – Saturday, May 4th 10AM
The Patriot League
Don’t expect anything in the Patriot League, ever. Who would have thought that the semifinals were going to go the way that they did. After winning a quarterfinal game against Holy Cross with much ease, Army came in and upset top seed Loyola. After a quarterfinal win over Bucknell, Boston U. took the loss against Lehigh as they played maybe their best game of the year.
Championship Game: #4 Army vs #2 Lehigh – Sunday, May 5th
Both semifinal games were very tight as number four seed Robert Morris upset top seeded Mount St. Mary’s in overtime while Hobart defeated Sacred Heart by just one goal. The way this tournament has gone so far it’s pretty much a coin toss for who get’s that AL bid.
Championship Game: #4 Robert Morris vs #2 Hobart – Saturday, May 4th 4PM
The SoCon tournament has gone pretty much as expected. In the semifinals High Point devoured Jacksonville with a 13-7 win and Richmond barley got past Air Force with a one-goal win. You will not want to miss this championship game, especially if you like offense.
Championship Game: #1 High Point vs #3 Richmond – Saturday, May 4th 12PM