PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Behind a 17-save performance from Christopher McPartland, third-seeded Northeastern edged New Hampshire, 10-9, to win the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Division I championship.
The victory automatically qualifies the Huskies for the 2017 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, which runs from May 8-13 in Orange County, Calif. It’s the fifth appearance for Northeastern at nationals and the first since ’14.
The Huskies built a 4-2 lead at halftime thanks to McPartland and William McGinley, who scored four goals and set up a fifth. The Wildcats made a second-half charge, but the Huskies always had an answer.
Bobby Walker helped the winning effort with a hat trick.
Northeastern enters the national tournament as a No. 14 seed and will face No. 3 Colorado on Monday, May 13.
2017 Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Tournament
Division I -- (Bracket)
April 29 – Semifinals – Providence, R.I.
#4 New Hampshire d. #1 Boston College, 15-7
#3 Northeastern d. #2 UConn, 10-9
April 30 – Finals – Providence, R.I.
#3 Northeastern d. #4 New Hampshire, 10-9