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G-D Alum inn NCAA Division III National Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament

The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team earned an automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and will return to the national stage for the third time in the last four seasons, taking on No. 4 Franklin & Marshall in the Second Round on Sunday, May 12.

Playing defense for Springfield is Groton’s Maria Antonellis, a junior Accounting/Psychology/Marketing major. She is the daughter of Jim and Tiffany Antonellis and a former three sport athlete at Groton-Dunstable Regional.

The Pride, which has won its last 10 games and currently holds an overall record of 13-6, earned an automatic qualification after capturing the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with an 11-10 win over Babson on Saturday. The Pride’s 10-game win streak is the longest such streak for the program since 2015. 

Franklin & Marshall, which was ranked No. 4 in the last Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Rankings, earned an at-large bid after losing to Gettysburg in the Centennial Conference Championship, 16-6. The Diplomats are 15-4 overall and will make its 21st appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

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