Springfield, Mass. - May 5, 2018 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team earned an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and will return to the national stage for the third time in the last four seasons, taking on No. 4 Franklin & Marshall in the Second Round on Sunday, May 12.
The Pride, which has won its last 10 games and currently holds an overall record of 13-6, earned an automatic qualification after capturing the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with an 11-10 win over Babson on Saturday. The Pride's 10-game win streak is the longest such streak for the program since 2015.
In Springfield College's most recent trip to the national stage, the Pride defeated Elms College to advance in the NCAA Championship Tournament for the second time in three seasons, before falling to No. 9 Trinity. In 2016, Springfield College defeated both Bridgewater State and nationally-ranked Bates to earn the program's first-ever trip to the Sweet 16, resulting in a program-record 16 total wins on the season.
Franklin & Marshall, which was ranked No. 4 in the last Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings, earned an at-large bid after losing to Gettysburg in the Centennial Conference Championship, 16-6. The Diplomats are 15-4 overall and will make its 21st appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Springfield College and Franklin & Marshall have met just once before, as the Diplomates defeated the Pride, 13-8, on March 19, 2003.
Springfield College is led by sophomore attack Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), who recorded six points on Saturday afternoon to push her season total to 90, passing the previous best program mark of 87 points in a single season, which was set by Shelby Corsano in 2018. Additionally, Springfield College's defensive unit is holding opponents to just 9.46 goals per contest, which is the top mark in the NEWMAC.
This marks the fourth NEWMAC title for head coach Kristen Mullady in her time with Springfield College, as she also led the Pride to conference championships in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
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