PITTSBURGH – Six teams from two different divisions of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association will descend on Chelsea (Mich.) Stadium on April 29-30 to determine the conference champions.
The winner of the four-team Division I tournament will earn an automatic qualifying bid to the 2017 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, which will be held in Orange County, Calif., from May 8-13. CCLA-II does not have an auto bid this spring for its three-team tourney.
Michigan State, which has won the Division I title for five straight seasons, is the No. 1 seed and will play fourth-seeded Davenport in the first semifinal. Pittsburgh and Minnesota will grind it out in the other semi.
The Division II tournament starts with a play-in game this Sunday when Grove City visits Dayton. The winner will go on to face top-seeded Grand Valley State at Chelsea Stadium after the Division I semifinals conclude.
“We’re excited to host our tournament at Chelsea Stadium,” said CCLA director Sean Buzzard. “It’s a great venue and we’ve got great teams competing for the championship this year. It should be a fun ride.”
Admission to the Chelsea Stadium is $10 per day. The Division I semifinals and finals will be streamed via CCLA Twitter/Periscope. The Division II final will be streamed via Grand Valley State Twitter/Periscope.
2017 Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association Tournament
Division I - (Bracket)
Semifinals – April 29 – Chelsea, Mich.
No. 4 Davenport vs. 1 Michigan State, 1 p.m.
No. 3 Pitt vs. No. 2 Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Finals – April 30 – Chelsea, Mich.
Semifinal winners, 12 p.m.
Division II - (Bracket)
First Round – April 23
No. 3 Grove City at No. 2 Dayton, 2 p.m.
Finals – April 29 – Chelsea, Mich.
First Round Winner vs. No. 1 Grand Valley State, 7 p.m.