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SCIAC Teams Head to NCAA Division III Championships

SCIAC Teams Head to NCAA Division III Championships

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With the regular season and conference tournaments completed, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) will have strong representation at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Men's Golf 

CMS earned its third straight conference title and the SCIAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship. The Stags captured their 13th SCIAC crown in program history with a combined 2,020 strokes across four regular season rounds against conference compeition, and the three SCIAC Championship rounds. 

La Verne earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Championship after finishing 33 strokes behind CMS (2,053) following the completion of all seven SCIAC rounds that count towards the league title. 

Earning selection to compete as an individual at the national championship is Redlands' Cade Lawson. Lawson carded three rounds in the 70s at the 54-hole SCIAC Championship (75-76-78) en route to an overall score of 229. 

The NCAA Championships will take place at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday-Friday May 15-18.

Women's Golf

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) earned its second straight conference title and the SCIAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship. The Athenas captured their fifth SCIAC crown in program history with a combined 2,128 strokes across four regular season rounds against conference compeition, and the three SCIAC Championship rounds. 

Earning an invitation to compete in the national championship as an individual is Redlands' Caroline Ordian. Ordian, who shot a three-day score of 223 at the 2018 SCIAC Championships and finished as the individual runner-up, was crowned the NCAA Division III individual champion two years ago with a 54-hole score of 218. In addition, she was named the 2016 WGCA Division III Player of the Year and also won the individual title at the 2016 SCIAC Championship. 

The NCAA Championships will take place at Mission Hills Resort Golf Club at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Tuesday-Friday May 8-11.

Women's Lacrosse

CMS earned its second straight appearance, and seventh trip overall, in the NCAA Tournament following a 17-5 victory over Pomona-Pitzer in the SCIAC Tournament championship contest.

With only six teams in the SCIAC, the conference is not eligible for an automatic qualifier, despite CMS claiming the SCIAC Tournament Championship on May 5. The 22nd-ranked Athenas (18-1) earned an at-large bid to the national playoffs and will take on Colorado College in the second round on May 13 with time yet to be determined. CMS and the Tigers met earlier this season with the Athenas winning, 14-9. Last season, the teams met in the NCAA Second Round with Colorado College prevailing, 15-12. 

Softball 

The CMS softball team was selected to the Linfield Regional after the Athenas clinched the SCIAC Tournament crown with a 2-0 victory over La Verne. The Athenas (31-12) won the program's fifth conference tournament championship and secured the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. 

Now making their eighth appearance in the national postseason, CMS will take on George Fox in the first game of a double elimination regional beginning Friday, May 11. Host Linfield is the other team in the three-team pod. 

Men's Tennis 

In addition to hosting the National Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis center from May 21-26, the venue will host men's and women's regional play this weekend. 

The No. 5 CMS men's tennis team captured the SCIAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships as the Stags claimed a 5-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer in the conference tournament final. 

CMS (28-3) will host No. 31 UC Santa Cruz in its opening contest and welcome No. 29 UT Tyler and No. 15 Trinity (Texas) to the regional. The Stags earned a 9-0 victory over Trinity earlier this season, and defeated UC Santa Cruz, 6-3 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. 

Women's Tennis

CMS - ranked third nationally on the women's side - secured the program's eighth straight SCIAC title after posting a victory over Pomona-Pitzer in the league tournament title match. 

The Athenas stand at 24-2 overall this season and will host No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 20 Trinity (Texas), No. 27 Whitman, and No. 37 UT Tyler in regional play. CMS earned a bye to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will take on the winner of UT Tyler and Whitman. 

The Sagehens earned an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason after posting a 14-7 overall record and advancing to the SCIAC Tournament final. 

Women's Water Polo

Pomona-Pitzer earned the SCIAC automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament following an 8-2 victory over Cal Lutheran in the conference tournament final. The Sagehens, who are back-to-back tournament champions, enter NCAA postseason play 22-10 overall, highlighted by a 14-0 mark against SCIAC foes in the regular season.

Pomona-Pitzer takes on No. 8 UC Irvine (14-13) on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on the campus of USC. UC Irvine defeated the University of Hawai'i to capture the Big West Conference championship. 

Selections to the baseball and men's and women's track & field NCAA Championships will be revealed later in May.