Road to the Championship
There are 112 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Women’s Lacrosse teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 112 programs support more than 3,100 Women’s Soccer student-athletes across the country.
The championship provides for a field of 26 teams to compete in a single elimination tournament. Thirteen conference champions qualify automatically; the balance of the field is selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee. The top six teams in the 26-team bracket for the championship are seeded and receive First Round byes.
Selection Show | Sunday, May 7, 2017 on NCAA.com
The 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship bracket will be announced the first weekend in May prior to first-round competition.
First Round | May 12, 2017
Ten, two-team First Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the second round.
Second Round | May 14, 2017
Eight, two-team Second Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals | May 20-21, 2017
Four, two-team single elimination Quarterfinals games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each of the four Quarterfinals will advance to the championship final site.
National Championship | May 26 and 28, 2017
The site of the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be announced in October 2016. Two, two-team single elimination Semifinals games will be held May 26 with times to be announced. The two teams winning in the semifinals will advance and compete in the single elimination National Championship game which will take place May 28 with time to be announced.