This year’s field consists of four automatic qualifiers and four at-large berths. Automatic qualification is given to conference tournament champions or the highest ranked team depending on the league. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches’ Top 10 Poll released today. The poll can be found here.
Missouri Valley, which finished runner-up last season, enters the 2017 Invitational as the overall No. 1 seed. The Vikings have won 13-straight matches entering the event. Missouri Valley has been dominant during the win streak, boasting an average margin of victory of 13.7.
Four of the eight qualifiers – Lourdes (Ohio), Missouri Baptist, Missouri Valley and Reinhardt (Ga.) – are making a second-straight appearance in the event.
The NAIA Network – the association’s official video streaming home – will broadcast all games at the 2017 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational. The video platform, powered by Stretch Internet, allows users access to live video, statistics, and social interaction on a number of devices, including mobile. Single day passes can be purchased for $4.95, while an all-tournament package is available for $9.95.
Men’s lacrosse is in year two of a two-year process in becoming an NAIA National Championship sport. For more information on women’s lacrosse, click here.2017 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse National Invitational Qualifiers
|Indiana Tech||11-5||At-Large No. 2||1st||0-0||0|
|Keiser (Fla.)||7-1||Independent Automatic Qualifier||1st||0-0||0|
|Lawrence Tech (Mich.)||10-3||At-Large No. 3||1st||0-0||0|
|Lourdes (Ohio)||12-2||Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Automatic Qualifier||2nd||1-1||0|
|Missouri Baptist||8-4||At-Large No. 1||2nd||0-1||0|
|Missouri Valley||13-1||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Automatic Qualifier||2nd||2-1||0|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||14-1||Appalachian Athletic Conference Automatic Qualifier||2nd||0-1||0|
|Saint Mary (Kan.)||8-8||At-Large No. 4||1st||0-0||0|