Conference tournaments have started to get underway, leaving several New England teams bound for the postseason. A few will see their seasons wrap up this week, while others battle to make the playoffs or for positioning. The last New England Lacrosse Journal rankings of the regular season look at where each team will be positioned.
1. Boston College (18-0)
The Eagles soared past Louisville on Thursday night to advance to the ACC title game against Notre Dame, the team BC played to kick off its season. Nobody has challenged the Eagles yet in their quest to return to the NCAA title game, which is starting to look more and more realistic with each passing contest.
2. UMass (12-4)
The Minutewomen were stunned by a loss to VCU last week, their first Atlantic 10 loss in 2,926 days. The 61-game winning streak over eight years was the longest in the nation for UMass. They still lead the conference standings, tied with Richmond but owning the tiebreaker, and conclude the regular season against Duquesne.
3. Dartmouth (11-3)
Arguably the surprise of the season in women’s lacrosse, the Big Green keep rolling. Their last loss came to BC in early March, but since then, they’ve leaped into a tie for first place in the Ivy League. A win at Brown would put them in a good position to finish with the top seed.
4. Bryant (10-4)
If the Bulldogs beat Wagner today, they will earn the top seed in the NEC tournament. A loss knocks them down to the second seed. Bryant has won three of the last four NEC tourneys in a mini-dynasty at the top of what should be a one-bid league this season. They were unanimous preseason favorites to win the tourney.
5. Boston University (10-6)
The season concludes against Navy, but BU has already clinched a home quarterfinal playoff game in the Patriot League playoffs. The Terriers will be the fourth seed, with Lehigh as the third seed, so with a win on Tuesday BU will have to face top-seeded Loyola in the conference semifinals.
6. Fairfield (10-6)
The Stags are in a four-way tie for first in the MAAC, but with tiebreakers, they’re the third seed. It’s a one-bid league, so the conference is a must-win. Iona, the sixth seed, will face Fairfield on Saturday morning. The winner will move on to face likely No. 2 Monmouth. The Stags need to win to keep their season going after winning its final three regular season matches.
7. New Hampshire (6-9)
The Wildcats are locked into the America East tournament and can get as high as the third seed with a win over Binghamton. New Hampshire lost three games in a row to need this game for the seeding. It’s been a down year in the conference, which helped the Wildcats sneak into postseason play.
8. UConn (8-8)
The Huskies can turn around a disappointing season if they can beat Marquette on the final day of the regular season. It’s the last season for 94 point getter Grace Nolan, but the Huskies mid-season three-game losing streak could have doomed them. A win, however, and they will get top-seeded Florida in the first round.
9. Yale (7-7)
The Bulldogs have lost four in a row and will see their season come to an end this weekend when they face Penn. Yale went 2-4 in Ivy League play to this point, and Penn has a chance to be a top seed in the tournament with a win over Yale and some help.
10. Brown (8-6)
Like Yale, the Bears’ season is likely coming to a close with a real possibility of a 1-6 Ivy League record following this week’s game against Dartmouth. Brown dropped two in a row to Harvard and Columbia. Despite a 51 goals season from freshman Risa Mosenthal (Compton, NH), it’s looking like Brown is moving on to next season.