Despite CAC playoff losses, York College lacrosse teams earn NCAA Division III berths


The Capital Athletic Conference season didn't end the way either team had hoped.

The York College lacrosse teams, however, will each have an opportunity to make amends.

York College men's lacrosse head coach Brandon Childs. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The Spartans' men's and women's teams earned at-large berths for the NCAA Division III national playoffs. 

The York men, who were ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division III national poll by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches, suffered an 11-8 loss to No. 7 Salisbury in the CAC title game at home on Saturday.

That loss, however, didn't keep the CAC regular-season champion Spartans (17-2) out of the NCAA field. In fact, coach Brandon Childs' team even got a home game against Western New England (13-6).

Unranked Western New England earned an automatic bid for the 36-team tournament by winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.

The time for the York-Western New England game has yet to be determined.

The York women, meanwhile, are coming off a 12-11 overtime loss to Mary Washington in a CAC semifinal contest last week. The Spartans (13-4) entered that match ranked No. 5 in the latest NCAA Division III national poll by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Mary Washington was ranked No. 8 in that same poll.

Still, York received a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the Washington & Lee-vs.-Cabrini game on Sunday at a time to be determined. Washington & Lee is 14-4 and Cabrini is 12-7. Washington & Lee, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion, was No. 9 in the latest D-III poll. Cabrini, the Colonial States Athletic Conference champion, was unranked.

The time for Sunday's game is yet to be determined.