Seton Hill Wins GMAC, Enters Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20

PHOTO COURTESY OF SETON HILL ATHLETICS


We’ve arrived at the moment fans of college lacrosse have been waiting for all season. Last night, the NCAA Selection Committee unveiled the 12-team field for the Division II men’s tournament, and the battle for a title has begun.

Tampa, the overall No. 1 seed, led the South region, while No. 2 Mercy took the top spot in the North. However, last week’s results certainly shaped the bracket as we see it today.

Le Moyne, which held the top spot in the rankings for a portion of the year, fell to Adelphi in the NE-10 final and finished as the North’s No. 3 seed. Seton Hill, which was not ranked heading into last week (it certainly made the case), dominated Lake Erie and topped Mercyhurst to win the GMAC and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

Overall, the committee chose the top teams in each region. If there are gripes, they fall mainly on the seed lines.

NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION II MEN'S TOP 20

 
May 9, 2022

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1

Tampa

18-0

1

5/15 vs. TBD

2

Mercy

14-1

2

5/15 vs. TBD

3

Lenoir-Rhyne

14-3

3

5/11 vs. UIndy

4

Adelphi

15-1

4

5/15 vs. TBD

5

Limestone

16-2

6

5/15 vs. TBD

6

Lindenwood

15-2

7

5/11 vs. Wingate

7

Le Moyne

14-3

5

5/11 vs. Saint Anselm

8

Wingate

12-4

10

5/11 vs. Lindenwood

9

UIndy

14-3

9

5/11 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne

10

Mercyhurst

11-4

8

5/11 vs. Seton Hill

11

Florida Southern

12-6

11

Season complete

12

Rollins

12-3

12

Season complete

13

Saint Anselm

10-5

13

5/11 vs. Le Moyne

14

Seton Hill

12-6

NR

5/11 vs. Mercyhurst

15

Florida Tech

11-4

14

Season complete

16

Wilmington

10-5

15

Season complete

17

Belmont Abbey

14-4

16

Season complete

18

Colorado Mesa

14-4

17

Season complete

19

Queens (N.C.)

12-5

18

Season complete

20

Westminster

10-4

19

Season complete

Also considered (alphabetical order): Anderson, Bentley, Lake Erie,  Lewis, Maryville, Mount Olive, Newberry, Roberts Wesleyan





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HOT

Mercy (no change)

Mercy ran through East Coast Conference play with ease in 2022, going unbeaten in the regular season and sweeping Roberts Wesleyan and Frostburg to win the conference title. The Mavericks have won 11 straight games after falling to Le Moyne by just one goal on March 5. A well-deserved top seed.

NOT

Le Moyne (-2)

Le Moyne is stumbling into the NCAA tournament, where it has won the Division II title last season. The Dolphins fell to Adelphi by six goals — their first loss by at least six goals since 2014 — to end the regular season and then managed just two goals in an NE-10 final loss to the Panthers. Le Moyne hadn’t lost three games in a season since 2019, and the third loss came in the title game.

Wingate (-2)

Another team not playing its best lacrosse, Wingate fell to Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC semifinals on April 29. The Bulldogs get a Lindenwood team fresh off a GLVC championship in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

IN

Seton Hill (No. 14)

Maybe it was an oversight, but Seton Hill finally cracks the rankings for the first time in weeks. After playing Mercy, Mercyhurst and Tampa close, the Griffins finally got their big part, downing Mercyhurst in the GMAC championship game.

OUT

Bentley

Teetering in and out of the rankings this season, Bentley’s loss to Adelphi in the NE-10 semifinals knocks the Falcons out for the year. At 8-6, it truly was an up-and-down season for Bentley.

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