– The field for the BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship, presented by the Jeep Brand, was solidified on Saturday as Georgetown and Temple clinched the final two spots in the league tournament. Set for Georgetown's Cooper Field May 5 and 7, the first semifinal on Thursday will pit regular-season champion and top-seeded Florida against fourth-seeded and host Georgetown at 4:30 p.m. (ET), followed by No. 2 seed Connecticut and third-seeded Temple in the second semifinal, slated for 7 p.m. Both semifinal tilts can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network, while Saturday's championship match, set for 2 p.m., will air on FS2.
It took until the final game of the league schedule was completed to solidify the tournament roster as the No. 3 and 4 slots were being jockeyed for by Georgetown, Marquette and Temple. The Golden Eagles topped Cincinnati on Friday night while the Owls cruised past the Hoyas, 11-4, on Saturday afternoon to create a three-way tie in third place of 4-3 teams. Florida and UConn had wrapped up conference play last weekend, locking up their respective seeds following conference finishes of 7-0 and 6-1.
By league rule, multiple-team ties are decided in a "mini-conference" which puts each of the tied teams against each other. Georgetown, Marquette and Temple all went 1-1 against one another in the mini-conference (GU beat MU and lost to TU; TU beat GU and lost to MU; MU beat TU and lost to GU), making goal differential within the three-team conference the next tiebreaker. Due to the Owls' 11-4 win over the Hoyas today, Temple clinched the advantage with a +5 mini-conference goal differential (compared to GU's -6 and MU's +1) to separate itself from the pack, with Marquette and Georgetown reverting back to a head-to-head tiebreaker in which the Hoyas have the advantage by way of their 13-12 win over MU last weekend.
Temple earns its first berth into the BIG EAST Championship since joining as an affiliate member starting in the 2014 season. Reigning champion Florida enters the postseason as the No. 1 seed for the second consecutive year, while UConn's No. 2 seed is its highest in now its fourth appearance. The Hoyas are the No. 4 seed for the second time (2012) and have now qualified for the BIG EAST Championship for the 10th consecutive time. Georgetown will serve as host of the conference tourney for the fifth time and first since 2014. The Gators topped UConn on its home turf last season to claim the 2015 crown in what was Florida's first season in the BIG EAST. BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship
Cooper Field - Georgetown - Washington, D.C.
Semifinals - Thursday, May 5
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 Georgetown, 4:30 p.m. ^
No. 2 UConn vs. No. 3 Temple, 7 p.m. ^
Final – Saturday, May 7
Semifinal Winners, 2 p.m. #
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