As the 2013
That got me thinking: could the same case be made for college lacrosse?
Currently, half of the 16-team field in the tournament will be filled with programs that win their respective conference tournaments and the accompanying automatic bids. The leagues that have automatic qualifiers are the
As the sport continues to grow, is the time ripe for the powers-that-be to alter the makeup of the tournament? Not according to ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra.
“AQs are necessary in lacrosse,” the former
At least two coaches agree with Carcaterra.
"The top teams are going to want to have a quality schedule, and if it comes down to just teams with a strong RPI and a strong schedule, those teams are really going to be hard-pressed to get teams to travel to them," he said. "So to have those AQs is a strong thing for an athletic director to say, 'Hey, this might be our meal ticket to the NCAAs.' I think it'd be great for the teams that have strong schedules and strong RPIs and don't hesitate to attract quality opponents. But for some of these new programs, I think it would be very difficult for them, and I don't know that it would be the right thing for our sport."