Road to the Championship
There are 115 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Women’s Lacrosse teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All 115 programs support more than 3,100 women's lacrosse student-athletes across the country.
The championship provides for a field of 26 teams to compete in a single elimination tournament. Thirteen conference champions qualify automatically; the balance of the field is selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee. The top six teams in the 26-team bracket for the championship are seeded and receive First Round byes.
Selection Show | Sunday, May 6, 2018 on NCAA.com at 9:30 p.m.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship bracket will be announced the first weekend in May prior to first-round competition.
First Round | May 11, 2018
Ten, two-team First Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the second round.
Second Round | May 13, 2018
Eight, two-team Second Round games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each game will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals | May 19-20, 2018
Four, two-team single elimination Quarterfinals games will be conducted at non-predetermined campus sites. The winning team from each of the four Quarterfinals will advance to the championship final site.
National Championship | May 25 and 27, 2018
The site of the 2018 Women’s Lacrosse Championship will be held at LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University. Two, two-team single elimination Semifinals games will be held Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The two teams winning in the semifinals will advance and compete in the single elimination National Championship game which will take place Sunday, May 27 at 12 p.m.