Hofstra men not selected for NCAA Tournament
There was silence Sunday night in the locker room of the Hofstra men's lacrosse team. It wasn't golden.
The Pride players and coaches gathered to watch the NCAA Tournament Division I selection show on television and were disappointed when Harvard was announced as having earned the final at-large berth. Hofstra's bubble had burst.
A crushing 11-10 triple-overtime loss to Drexel on Saturday night in the CAA title game ruined Hofstra's chances for the automatic bid and, ultimately, ended the Pride's season at 11-5.
"Obviously, we're quiet, upset, numb," coach Seth Tierney said. "The [selection] committee has a tough job. We thought our resume was worthy of playing more. We had beaten Drexel and Cornell [both of which made the tournament]. Every year there's one or two teams that get left out. This year it was us. I don't agree, but I understand."
The 16-team men's tournament will conclude with Final Four weekend May 24 and 26 in Baltimore. The eight seeded teams, in order, are Duke, Syracuse, Loyola, Penn, Denver, Notre Dame, Maryland and Virginia.
There was no disappointment for Long Island's lacrosse teams in Division II. Five teams will see their seasons continue, including both of Adelphi's squads.
In the D-II men's tournament, Adelphi, the nation's third-ranked team, earned the top seed in the North Region of the eight-team tournament and will host No. 4 seed Dowling on Saturday. In the women's eight-team event, top-ranked Adelphi is the No. 1 seed in the North Region and will host No. 4 Saint Anselm.
Also for the men, LIU Post, the No. 3 seed in the North, will visit No. 2 Le Moyne. That's three Long Island teams with a chance to reach the championship May 25.
There are two women's teams seeking to reach the title game May 25 in Towson, Maryland. In addition to Adelphi, LIU Post, the nation's No. 2 D-II team, will host No. 3 New Haven on Saturday. Times for the Division II games have not been announced.