The CMS women's lacrosse team has been selected to host a first round game of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 on Pritzlaff Field.
The event marks the first time an NCAA women's lacrosse playoff has ever been contested in California. The game will pit the Athenas, which are 12-2 this season, against archrival Ohio Wesleyan University, with a record of 10-4 this year.
"Last year marked the first year we made it into the NCAA tournament which was a big step for our program," says Athenas head coach, Sarah Queener. "Lacrosse is still a newer sport in California, but it's growing so rapidly. Participation, passion, and love for the game is taking off at incredible levels across the state."
With 171 lacrosse teams vying for 25 spots, competition is intense. "To be able to host a NCAA tournament game at home is a testament to our schools for believing in the student-athletes and providing the resources for our team to compete," Queener says.
This is the second straight season that CMS has qualified for the Division III Championships and the first time as host of the event. Ohio Wesleyan's single previous appearance in the tournament was in 2005. CMS is one of four independents to be selected to participate in the championships. CMS and Ohio Wesleyan have met three times before, with the Athenas holding a 2-1 advantage. Their most recent game was last season with CMS winning 14-12.
Should the Athenas beat Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, they will advance to the Quarterfinal Weekend with a game to be played at the College of New Jersey on Saturday, May 10.