MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the second year in a row, the Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team has been crowned the Division III New England Champions by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA).
The Cardinals (18-3) moved ahead of Tufts (18-2) with their thrilling 12-11 win over the Jumbos in the quarterfinals. Wesleyan joins Division 1 champs Yale University and Division 2 champs Merrimack College. All three teams will compete in the 2018 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. this weekend.
The NEILA polls are voted on by a committee of coaches within their respective divisions. Since Wesleyan and Tufts played each other, and were the only teams from the region still in the NCAA Tournament, there was no vote conducted by coaches for the final poll.
The Cardinals defeated No. 1 RIT in the national semifinals yesterday, 19-18, to advance to their first NCAA Championship game in program history. Wesleyan will face the defending national champs and No. 3 Salisbury (20-3) on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m.