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Pair of GNAC regular-season finales
turn into OT thrillers on Wednesday
WINTHROP, Mass. – Seeking its third consecutive league crown, Johnson & Wales University earned a 17-8 road victory at Regis College in Wednesday's regular-season finale to finish undefeated in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play for the third time in as many years.
The Wildcats (11-0 GNAC) will now open up the 2019 GNAC Tournament on Saturday, April 27 against eighth-seeded Norwich University (4-7 GNAC) at 1:00 PM, while second-seeded Regis (10-1 GNAC) will take on seventh-seeded Emmanuel College (5-6 GNAC) at 12:00 PM on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Also on Wednesday night, Lasell College traveled to Saint Joseph's College of Maine to decide which team would nail down the No. 3 seed, with the Lasers outlasting the host Monks, 11-10, in an overtime thriller. As a result after tiebreaks, Saint Joseph's (7-4 GNAC) drops to the sixth seed and now gets set for a rematch, traveling to third-seeded Lasell (9-2 GNAC) on Saturday for a 12:00 PM contest.
Simmons University (7-4 GNAC) was pushed to the brink Wednesday afternoon on the road at Norwich, outlasting the Cadets, 9-8 in overtime. Fifth-seeded Simmons will now travel to fourth-seeded Colby-Sawyer College (7-4 GNAC) in a quarterfinal contest, as the Chargers program looks to make some noise in its first-ever GNAC Tournament appearance.
Be sure to catch all of the tournament action live on thegnac.tv or watch on one of our four custom digital streaming apps, as the GNAC champion will receive the league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Saturday, April 27 - Quarterfinals
Game 1: #8 Norwich at #1 JWU - 1:00 PM
Game 2: #5 Simmons at #4 Colby-Sawyer - 12:00 PM
Game 3: #6 Saint Joseph's Maine at #3 Lasell - 12:00 PM
Game 4: #7 Emmanuel at #2 Regis - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 1 - Semifinals (at higher seeds)
Game 5: 4/5 winner vs. 1/8 winner
Game 6: 3/6 winner vs. 2/7 winner
Saturday, May 4 - Championship
Game 7: at highest remaining seed
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.
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