by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College men's lacrosse team is in a New York state of mind.
The MIAA champion Flying Dutchmen will make their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week in Rochester, N.Y.
Hope (14-3 overall) will play John Carroll University (Ohio) in a first-round game on Tuesday, May 7 at Rochester Institute of Technology. Game time and ticket information are to be announced.
The Hope-John Carroll winner advances to face top-ranked RIT in a second-round game on Wednesday, May 8.
Under the direction of head coach Michael Schanhals, the Flying Dutchmen earned the MIAA's automatic berth for the 36-team NCAA Tournament by defeating Albion College, 6-5, in Saturday's MIAA Tournament championship game at Hope College.
The Flying Dutchmen were seeded No. 1 for the MIAA Tournament after repeating as MIAA regular-season champions.
Hope's 14 wins are the second-most in the team's seven-year history as a varsity sport. The Flying Dutchmen posted a 15-2 record during the 2018 season.
This is the second time Hope has played John Carroll. The Flying Dutchmen won a regular-season game, 9-7, on March 8, 2018 at Hope College.
John Carroll (12-6) is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA postseason as champions of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Blue Streaks are 1-3 all-time in NCAA Tournament games, with a 2017 first-round win against Albion College. John Carroll's three postseason losses are to RIT.
RIT (18-1) is making its 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament.