Cape Cod, Mass. – Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rudy Keeling has announced that after a majority league vote, the ECAC Lacrosse League will now have a final four format tournament at the end of the season to determine both the ECAC Lacrosse League champion and the recipient of the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship. 

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our league, which contains some of the top teams in the country,” said Keeling. “We’re also pleased that we can avoid deciding our automatic bid recipient through a tiebreaker formula, as has sometimes been the case, and instead have the student-athletes have an opportunity to earn the NCAA bid on the field.”

The inaugural championship tournament will begin with two semifinal games on Friday, May 6, 2011. The two winning teams will then advance to the championship game on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The winner of the championship game will earn the title of ECAC league champion, along with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 

“We are thrilled about being able to showcase the new ECAC in a league tournament,” said Air Force head coach Eric Seremet. “Not only will the tournament highlight the strength of our league, but give our teams even greater exposure on a national stage during one of the most exciting times of the season.”

Whichever team wins the 2010 ECAC Lacrosse League will earn the right to host the 2011 tournament. The site of the 2012 tournament will be determined through a bid process.

“Fairfield University is thrilled to be a part of one of the most competitive leagues in the country and the introduction of a postseason tournament only creates more excitement,” said head coach Andy Copelan. “The ECAC postseason tournament will not only be a great event for our conference, but for college lacrosse.”

About the ECAC®
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference with approximately 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports, assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports, administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues and recognizes more than 2,000 student-athletes through the public relations arm of the conference. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s and women’s ice hockey, and men’s lacrosse.

About the ECAC® Lacrosse League
Established in 1999, the ECAC Lacrosse League is a Division I men’s lacrosse league. In 2005, Hobart College and Loyola University (Md.) joined the ECAC. Fairfield University joined the league in 2006. In 2010, the league added Ohio State, Denver, Air Force, Quinnipiac and Bellarmine.

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