Springfield, Mass. - May 8, 2011 - For the fourth-straight season, the Springfield College men's lacrosse team has earned a berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament and will head to Endicott College in an opening round game on Wednesday.
The winner of the game will then travel to square off against national-power, Salisbury, on Saturday in the Sweet 16. In last week's USILA Coaches National Poll, Salisbury was ranked the top team in the nation.
The 26-team field for the national tournament was announced Sunday night and Springfield and Endicott were the only North Teams to be placed in the South bracket.
Springfield earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Pilgrim Lacrosse League for the fourth-straight year by defeating Babson, 19-8, on Saturday. The Pride stands at 11-5 on the year and enters the NCAA Tournament as winners of its last five games.
Endicott, which was ranked 17th in the nation in last week's USILA poll, advanced to the NCAA Tournament after besting Western New England, 13-12, in overtime in Saturday's Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. The Gulls are 15-4 this year.
These two teams played early in the season, with Endicott prevailing at home, 9-6. Springfield rallied from an early four-goal deficit to tie the game at five-all in the third, before a big fourth quarter allowed the Gulls to win 9-6. For the Pride Austin Orsini tallied a team-best two goals, while Shawn Runyon and Mike Delia each posted a goal and an assist.