A Look At The Division III Conferences

A look at the Division III conferences as conference play heats up.

We are now in the month of April, which means we are hitting the home stretch for college lacrosse. Most teams across the region are done with out-of-conference games and are finishing the season within their conference. Here is a quick look at the Division III conferences in New England.

 

Commonwealth Coast Conference

The CCC has three teams at the top who are 3-0. Those teams are Endicott, Roger Williams and Western New England. The Golden Bears of Western New England are the defending champions. Each team has only conference games left, accept Endicott, who hosts #4 Tufts on 4/9 and plays at #14 Bowdoin on 4/20. Games to watch in the Commonwealth Coast Conference: Roger Williams at WNEU 4/10, Endicott vs. Roger Williams 4/13 and Endicott @ WNEU 4/24. That final game between Endicott and WNEU will more than likely decide the regular season champ and the #1 seed for the CCC tournament.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference

The GNAC has three teams who are undefeated in conference play; Norwich is 3-0, St. Joseph’s is 4-0, and Mt. Ida is 2-0. The Mustangs of Mt. Ida are the defending champions. Unfortunately, St. Joseph’s hasn’t played the iron of the league up to this date. Norwich has beaten Lasell 12-5 so far this season. A big matchup looms this weekend as Norwich travels to Mt. Ida on Saturday. This game could give us a clearing picture of the GNAC. Games to watch in the GNAC: Norwich at Mt. Ida 4/6, St. Joseph’s vs. Mt. Ida 4/16, Mt. Ida vs. Lasell 4/20 and Norwich at St. Joseph’s 4/20.

North Atlantic Conference

The NAC has three teams at the top of the conference; Castleton State is 3-0, New England College is 2-0 and Husson is 1-0. The New England College Pilgrims are the defending NAC champions. As they wrap up conference play this month, here are the games to watch in the NAC: Castleton vs. NEC 4/9, Castleton at Husson 4/13, and NEC at Husson 4/20. The matchup of Castleton vs. NEC should determine the regular season champion as well as the #1 seed for the NAC tournament. Unless Husson plays the spoiler down the stretch, since they have games remaining against both opponents.

NESCAC

The NESCAC is just like the Division I season, unpredictable. Right now Middlebury is in first with a 4-1 record in the NESCAC. They defeated Conn. College who is 5-1 in conference play. Conn. College has a huge early season win against Tufts, who sit at 2-2 in NESCAC play. I have a feeling Tufts will have a say in who is the NESCAC regular season champion. Games to watch in the NESCAC: Middlebury at Tufts 4/7, Tufts at Wesleyan 4/20 and Conn. College vs. Wesleyan 4/24. This weekend’s matchup between Middlebury and Tufts might give us a clearer picture in the NESCAC. I just wouldn’t count out Tufts in the NESCAC tournament.

Little East

All teams have played one conference game, and we should have a better picture after this weekend’s conference matchups.

Pilgrim

All teams have played one conference game, and we should have a better picture after this weekend’s conference matchups.