Bucknell men's head coach Dave Paulsen will prepare the Bison for an expanded basketball tournament when they defend their title in March.
Aug 26, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — With the 2013-14 competition year getting underway three days ago with its first new all-sport members since 2001, the Patriot League is gearing up for what promises to be another exciting year. A total of 24 champions will be crowned over the next nine months.
Once again, CBS Sports Network will feature coverage of both the Men and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, along with the Men’s Lacrosse Tournament in its entirety. Moreover, the Patriot League Network will webcast many League championships for free in addition to the regular-season coverage it will provide for a majority of the League’s sports. Last season the League provided streaming coverage of championships in field hockey, men and women’s soccer, volleyball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s swimming and diving, women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball.
With the additions of new members Boston University and Loyola University Maryland starting with the 2013-14 academic year, League tournaments are expanding in men and women’s basketball, men and women’s lacrosse, and men and women’s soccer. The basketball tournaments will include all 10 teams and will remain on campus sites, while lacrosse and soccer are expanding six-team fields with the top two seeds earning quarterfinal byes.
The championship that will see the biggest increase in participation is women’s rowing. Set for May for a date and site to be determined, the field increases from six schools to nine for 2014. BU and Loyola both field teams, and the League welcomes Georgetown as an associate member in the sport to join fellow associate MIT. The women’s rowing championship date and site will be announced at a later date.
The men’s basketball tournament will begin Monday, March 3 with first round games, when the No. 7 seed will host No. 10, and the eighth seed plays host to No. 9. Teams will move on to the quarterfinal round Wednesday, March 5, with the top-four seeds hosting, and teams will not re-seed. Semifinal games will take place on Saturday, March 8, and the championship contest on Wednesday, March 12.
The women’s basketball tournament starts Tuesday, March 4 with first round contests. The two advancing teams move on to the quarterfinal round on Thursday, March 6. A pair of semifinal battles will play out Monday, March 10, and the championship contest is set for Saturday, March 15.
Broadcast schedules for both tournaments will be available at a later date.
The first championships to take place during the Patriot League’s 24th year as an all-sport conference is men and women’s cross country, set for Saturday, Nov. 2 and hosted by Lafayette at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. A week later a pair of championships will be determined. The women’s soccer tournament will be the first expanded-field championship to take place, with the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds hosting Nos. 6 and 5, respectively, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The tournament, which will re-seed for the semifinals, continues at the site of the No. 1 seed on Friday, Nov. 8 for the semifinal round and Sunday, Nov. 10 for the championship game.
On that same weekend the field hockey tournament will take place with the No. 1 seed hosting the semifinals and championship, and the top four teams in the regular-season standings qualifying. Semifinal matches are set for Friday, Nov. 8 and the championship game a day later on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The men’s soccer tournament will play out the following weekend with the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 12, the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15, and the championship on Sunday, Nov. 17. It will follow the same format as the women’s bracket.
The final fall champion will be crowned in volleyball, the tournament for which takes place with semifinal matches on Saturday, Nov. 23 and the championship on Sunday, Nov. 24. The top four finishers in the regular-season standings will advance to the tournament.
In addition to both basketball tournaments, the winter portion of the 2013-14 academic year features a busy February weekend that plays host to both the men and women’s swimming and diving, and men and women’s indoor track and field championships. Both full-field events, the swimming and diving championships will return to Navy’s recently-renovated Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md., and will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and run through Saturday, Feb. 22.
No stranger to League championship events, Bucknell’s Gerhard Fieldhouse will play host to the indoor track and field championships from Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23. The facility has hosted the weekend’s festivities four times before, most recently in 2008.
A busy spring schedule kicks off with two championships on the same weekend. Bucknell will once again be the site of a full-field championship when it hosts women’s tennis from Friday-Sunday, April 18-20. Women’s golf, which debuted as a League championship sport in 2013, will hold its second tournament on Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20, with Lehigh hosting the event at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.
The men and women’s lacrosse tournaments will run simultaneously, with the quarterfinal round set for Tuesday, April 22, the semifinals on Friday, April 25 and the championships on Sunday, April 27. The same as soccer, the top six teams in the regular season will qualify, with the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds playing the quarterfinal rounds at home. The No. 1 seeds will host the semifinals and championships on the weekend.
Two more champions will be crowned that weekend as well in addition to lacrosse. Army’s West Point Golf Course will serve as the site of the 2014 men’s golf championship on Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27. It will be a busy weekend at West Point, as the academy will also host the men’s tennis championship on Friday-Sunday April 25-27.
A spring weekend in Annapolis awaits the League when Navy hosts the men and women’s outdoor track and field championships Friday-Saturday, May 2-3. Competition will take place on Ingram Field.
The top four teams in the regular season will move on to the softball tournament, set for Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, with the top seed welcoming the other three qualifiers.
The baseball tournament will begin that weekend as well, with a pair of semifinal series scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11. The top two seeds will host, and the pair of teams left standing will advance to the baseball championship series scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18.
Patriot League champions in team sports, as well as men’s golf and tennis, will earn automatic bids to the respective NCAA Tournaments, while individuals in swimming and diving, cross country and track and field will have the opportunity to compete for national titles by surpassing various individual qualification marks.
The Patriot League will also crown a champion in football for the 28th time in 2013. The League began as a football conference in 1986 before expanding to include all sports starting in 1990. The champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.