NCAA Tournament Information
Record Against the Field
Series Record: First Meeting
Series Record: Tied 1-1
Series Record: F&M leads 1-0
$6 - Adults
$3 - Students from participating schools with school ID's, children (3-12)
Free - Senior citizens and children under the age of two are free.
Saturday, May 18 - NCAA Round of 16
Game 1: Bowdoin at Middlebury | 11:30 a.m.
Game 2: Illinois Wesleyan vs. F&M | 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 - NCAA Round of Eight
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | 1:00 p.m.
Saturday's meeting against Illinois Wesleyan will be the first between the two teams. If F&M advances, the Diplomats would face either Bowdoin or Middlebury. F&M faced Bowdoin for the first earlier this season and came away with a 14-12 win, and a meeting against Middlebury would be just the third between the two teams with the series tied at 1-1.
F&M in the Tournament
The Diplomats are making their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, and 13th in the last 14 years. F&M is 33-17 in NCAA Playoff games and 20-1 at home in NCAA games since the start of the 2006 Tournament. The Diplomats have advanced to the Final Four twice in the last four seasons and have won NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2009.
The Diplomats received one of 10 at-large bids (Pool C) to the NCAA Tournament after ending the regular season with a 15-4 record. F&M won the Centennial regular season and earned the top seed in the CC Tournament before falling to eventual champions Gettysburg. The Diplomats hosted Springfield in the NCAA Second Round last week and came away with a 17-3 win.
Illinois Wesleyan (18-2) is in the 42-team field as one of 31 automatic qualifiers, earning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's automatic bid into the tournament. The Titans knocked off Hamline 14-4 in the second round.
The Panthers are making their 25th appearance in the tournament with a record of 61-18 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in 1994. The program's .772 NCAA winning percentage is higher than all but one team (The College of New Jersey) in the history of Division III lacrosse. Middlebury won NCAA titles in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2016, advancing to the Final Four every year from 1994-2007 (14 years). The Panthers returned to the Final Four in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Bowdoin is one of six NESCAC teams to earn a bid into the field. The Polar Bears are in the field for the second straight year and the eighth time in program history. Bowdoin has advanced to the regional finals (Elite 8) on five occasions, including a trip to the national title game in 2011.
The winners of the four regionals will advance to the semifinals and final, which take place Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 at Day Field in Ashland, Virginia. Randolph-Macon College and Richmond Region Tourism will serve as hosts for the championship.
F&M is ranked No. 5 in the latest IWCLA Poll, while Gettysburg moved up to the top spot in the nation. Middlebury is ranked third, and Bowdoin is 14th.