PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Joe Marmion made 20 saves while Joe McCadden potted four goals, leading Bridgewater State over Central Connecticut State, 9-7, for the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Division II championship.
As the regular season champions, Bridgewater State earned a bid to the 2017 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, which will be held in Orange County, Calif., from May 8-13. This will be the Bears second trip to nationals.
Bridgewater jumped on the Blue Devils early, posting a 4-0 first quarter and still led 5-2 at the break. Central Conn. outscored the Bears, 5-4, in the second half, but the Devils couldn’t mount a sustained comeback.
The Bears were seeded 12th in the MCLA National Championship bracket and will face No. 5 Grand Valley State in the first round on Monday.
2017 Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Tournament
Division II -- (Bracket)
April 25 – First Round
#2S New Haven d. #3S Southern Conn. State, 16-6
April 26 – First Round
#3N Westfield State d. #2N WPI, 12-4
April 29 – Semifinals – Providence, R.I.
#1N Bridgewater State d. #2S New Haven, 10-5
#1S Central Conn. State d. #3N Westfield State, 16-8
April 30 – Finals – Providence, R.I.
#1N Bridgewater State d. #1S Central Conn. State, 9-7