Date Posted:05/07/2006,  10:00PM

Women's Lacrosse Earns NCAA Tournament Bid

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team has earned a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, and received a first-round bye in pairings announced on Sunday night. The Polar Bears will play in a regional next Saturday, May 13 at Middlebury College against the winner of Wednesday's Colby and Plymouth State contest.

The Polar Bears (14-4) reached the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday, falling to Middlebury 14-8. Bowdoin has played both Plymouth State and Colby already this season, defeating Plymouth on April 9 (15-7), but falling to Colby on April 19 (13-11). Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with Middlebury facing the winner of Union and Eastern Connecticut in the early game at 11:30. The regional final is set for Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Hoboken, N.J. on May 20-21.

Bowdoin, Middlebury and Colby were joined by Amherst in the NCAA Tournament field, giving the NESCAC a Tournament-high four teams in the field.

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