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Automatic Qualifiers and At-Large Teams

The Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship is a 40-team, single-elimination tournament selected from three pools.  There are 29 berths (Pool A) allocated to conferences that are awarded automatic qualification (AQ):
Colonial States
Commonwealth Coast
Empire 8
Great Northeast
Liberty League
Little East
MAC Commonwealth
MAC Freedom
North Atlantic
North Coast
North Eastern
Ohio River
USA South
See conferences for members and current standings.

Two berths (Pool B) are reserved for true independents and teams from conferences that do not receive an AQ.  Nine berths (Pool C) are reserved for teams remaining from AQ conferences that did not win their AQ berth.

To be considered in the at-large selection process (Pools B or C), an institution must play at least 70 percent of its competition against in-region opponents, unless a waiver is granted.  Pool B and C teams are selected on a national basis (using regional selection criteria), and there is no regional allocation for these pools.

Each team is assigned to one of five geographic evaluation regions (with a number of exceptions granted that place teams in their natural geographic regions).  There are no set minimum or maximum berths from one region. 

Primary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams

Selections for Pool B and Pool C berths emphasize in-region competition.  The following primary criteria are all evaluated, but not in priority order.  Note that conference post-season contests are included.
Secondary Criteria for Selecting At-Large Teams

If the evaluation of the primary criteria does not result in a decision by the committee, the following secondary criteria will be evaluated, and some include results versus opponents from other classifications (i.e., provisional teams, NAIA, and the other two NCAA divisions).

  • Win-loss percentage during the last 25% of the season
  • Non-Division III win-loss percentage
  • Results vs. common non-Division III opponents
Input is also provided by regional advisory committees.  However, coaches' or other polls or rankings are not used by the selection committee.

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