BALTIMORE, April 24, 2012 – Two-time defending national champion Colorado State earned the top seed in the Division I bracket of the 2012 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports, while Towson Club earned the No. 1 seed in the Division II bracket.
The event, featuring the top women’s collegiate club teams in the country, takes place from May 9-12 at the El Pomar Sports Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Division I bracket includes 16 teams while the Division II bracket has eight teams.
Colorado State, which has won the national title three of the last four years, has won 11 straight games since opening the season with a 1-3 record. On Saturday, the Rams beat state rival Colorado 18-12 to win the Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League championship. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Rams have received a bid to the US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, but the first time they’ve been the No. 1 seed.
UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) earned the No. 2 seed with a 14-2 record, and its ninth consecutive national tournament bid, after winning the Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) title over the weekend. The Gauchos beat the 2011 WCLA Division II defending champions, Chapman 10-4 in the WWLL final.
Michigan (12-4), which beat both Colorado State and UCSB during the regular season and recently won the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League title by beating Pittsburgh 8-6, is the No. 3 seed. Florida Club (16-3) was selected as the No. 4 seed and Colorado (10-6) rounded out the top five as the No. 5 seed.
In the Division II bracket, last year’s national runner-up, Towson Club, earned the top seed. The Tigers went a perfect 14-0 during the season and won the Mid Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse League (MAWLL) Division II title. North Carolina Club (11-5), which lost to Towson in the MAWLL final, is the No. 2 seed while Rhode Island (11-1), Westminster (16-5) and Oakland (13-5), round out the top five seeds.
Selections for the field are based on a variety of criteria, including: overall record, record versus ranked teams, won-loss versus common opponents, record versus WCLA teams, quality wins/quality losses, upsets, head-to-head results, conference playoff performance, final conference standings, record for last five (5) games, and more.
The US Lacrosse WCLA structure consists of approximately 200 college programs from across the country. Further information about the WCLA is available online at www.uslacrosse.org/wcla.
Harrow Sports is the official event sponsor and retailer for the 2012 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships.
The complete field and first round match-ups follow:
Division I First Round Games (Wednesday, May 9)
No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 16 Oregon
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 15 Minnesota
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Virginia Club
No. 4 Florida Club vs. No. 13 Penn State Club
No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Santa Clara
No. 6 Central Florida vs. No. 11 Brigham Young
No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 UC Davis Club
No. 8 Chapman vs. No. 9 UCLA
Division II First Round Games (Thursday, May 10)
No. 1 Towson Club vs. No. 8 Stanford Club
No. 2 North Carolina Club vs. No. 7 Southern Methodist
No. 3 Rhode Island vs. No. 6 Utah
No. 4 Westminster vs. No. 5 Oakland
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
About Harrow Sports
Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. Harrow’s lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with comprehensive apparel, bag, and footwear offerings are sold internationally and throughout America. Harrow is a devoted sponsor of the WCLA National Championship, the US Lacrosse National Tournament and several NCAA programs.