Springfield, Mass. - February 26, 2018 - Holding an overall record of 18-8, the Springfield College women's basketball program earned a spot in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, announced on Monday evening.
The Pride will host Brandeis in the First Round of the ECAC Championship Tournament on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in Blake Arena. Winner of Wednesday night's game will advance to play the winner of Stevenson University and Rutgers University - Camden on Friday, March 2 at overall top-seed Washington and Jefferson College.
The Brandeis Judges, which are headed by Carol Simon, are 12-12 on the season.
It has been a more than impressive season for Springfield College, which finished the regular season as the No. 4 seed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after posting a league record of 12-4. The Pride, which bowed out of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament after a quarterfinal loss to eventual conference-champion MIT, has been led by the combination of Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) and Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) all season long. Restituyo is currently averaging 12.1 points and 10.6 rebounds, while Goslin, a sophomore point guard, averages 10.5 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds and has started all 27 games the Pride has had this season.
In the 77 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2015-16 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 32 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes.
First Round - Wednesday, February 28
Game 1: No. 3 William Paterson University (14-12) at No. 2 Hunter College (18-9)
Game 2: No. 4 Brandeis College (12-12) at No. 1 Springfield College (18-8)
Game 3: No. 3 Rutgers Camden (14-11) at No. 2 Stevenson University (16-11)
Game 4: No. 1 New York University (14-11) at No. 4 Marywood University (15-12)
Game 5: No. 3 Pfeiffer University (20-4) at No. 2 Saint Vincent College (18-9)
Game 6: No. 1 Mount Saint Mary College (21-6) at No. 4 Misericordia University (16-10)
Game 7: No. 3 Lebanon Valley (14-12) at No. 2 Grove City University (18-9)
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 2 at Washington & Jefferson
QF 1: Winner of Game 1 vs. Washington & Jefferson (14-12)
QF 2: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3
QF 3: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
QF 4: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7
Semifinals - Saturday, March 3 at Washington & Jefferson
Semifinal 1: Pod 1 Winner vs. Pod 4 Winner - 11:00 a.m.
Semifinal 2: Pod 2 Winner vs Pod 3 Winner - 2:00 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, March 4 at Wilkes University
Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 - 12:00 p.m.