Union men’s lacrosse earns at-large bid, home game for NCAA Division III tournament

Union lacrosse head coach Derek Witheford Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Union lacrosse head coach Derek Witheford Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

UNION COLLEGE Coming off the best regular season in program history, Union men’s lacrosse earned both an at-large bid and the right to host its first two games when the brackets for the NCAA Division III tournament were unveiled Sunday night.

Union, which went 14-2 during the regular season, will host the winner of Wednesday’s play-in game between John Carroll (16-2) and North Central (9-7) in the round of 32 on Saturday at noon. Should the Dutchmen advance, they would face the winner of Saturday’s Lynchburg-Western New England game in the round of 16 next Sunday at 3 p.m..

Union is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2019, when the Dutchmen reached the third round before falling to RIT.

This season, the Dutchmen won their first 10 games before a 14-13 loss to defending national champion RIT. Following four more wins to lock up a second-place finish in the Liberty League, Union was knocked off 15-9 by St. Lawrence in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Union’s regular season featured wins over five ranked opponents — RPI, Williams, Tufts, St. John Fisher and St. Lawrence in the teams’ first meeting of the year.

RPI (10-5), the fourth-place team in the Liberty League, also earned an at-large bid into the 38-team field. The Engineers will face Wesleyan (Conn.) in a round of 32 game at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Virginia on Saturday at 3 p.m

League regular-season and tournament champion RIT and conference tournament runner-up St. Lawrence give the Liberty League four teams in this year’s tournament, which will cap off May 29 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

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