April 20, 2009

Lions Clinch First Place In 2009 GNAC Softball Championship Tournament

The 2008-2009 GNAC Softball Playoff pairings are now available. The Emerson College Lions earned the first seed with a 21-3 GNAC record and 29-7 record overall.

The Lions clinched first place in the conference by going 6-0 in the final weekend of conference play beating Lasell, Albertus Magnus and Saint Joseph (CT) in doubleheaders.

The Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) Monks (18-6; 26-10) secured a second place finish with a 6-0 closing weekend as well, beating Mount Ida, Lasell and Albertus Magnus in doubleheaders. 

The first round of playoffs will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd with #5 Norwich hosting #8 Simmons at 4:00PM and Thursday, April 23rd with #6 Lasell hosting #7 Rivier at 4:30PM. The quarterfinals will take place on Friday, April 24th at #1 Emerson and #2 Saint Joseph’s (Maine). Semifinals will take place on Saturday, April 25th and the championship will be on Sunday, April 26th. Emerson will host both the semifinals and finals.

2009 GNAC Softball Bracket

2009 Tournament Packet Information (Courtesy Emerson Athletics)

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 22
#1 Emerson, #2 St. Joe’s Maine, #3 Suffolk, and #4 Pine Manor – BYE

Game 1 - #8 Simmons (13) at #5 Norwich (7) – 4:00PM

Game 2 - #7 Rivier 9 (8) at #6 Lasell (1) – 4:15PM - RESCHEDULED for Thursday, April 22 @ 4:30PM

Friday, April 24
Game 3 - #8 Simmons vs #4 Pine Manor at Host Emerson (Mount Ida College Field) – 2:00PM
Game 4 –#7 Rivier (0) vs. #3 Suffolk (1) at Host St. Joe’s Maine – 2:00PM
Game 5 – #4 Pine Manor (2) vs. #1 Emerson (4) at Host Emerson (Mount Ida College Field) – 4:00PM
Game 6 – #3 Suffolk (0) vs. #2 St. Joe’s Maine (3) at Host St. Joe’s Maine – 4:00PM

Saturday, April 25 at Lasell College
Game 7 – #3 Suffolk vs. #8 Simmons at Host Emerson (Lasell College Field) – 10:00AM
Game 8 – #4 Pine Manor vs. #4 Rivier at Host Emerson (Lasell College Field) – 12:00PM
Game 9 – #3 St. Joe's Maine vs. #1 Emerson at Host Emerson (Lasell College Field) – 2:00PM
Game 10 – Winner 8 vs. Winner 7 at Host Emerson (Lasell College Field) – 4:00PM

Sunday, April 26 at Mount Ida College
Game 11 – Winner 10 vs. Loser 9 at Host Emerson (Mount Ida College Field) – 11:00AM
Game 12 – Winner 11 vs. Winner 9 at Host Emerson (Mount Ida College Field) – 1:00PM
Game 13 – If Necessary at Host Emerson (Mount Ida College Field) – 3:00PM


2009 GNAC Softball Rankings
1. Emerson (21-3; 29-7)
2. St. Joe’s of Maine (18-6; 26-10)
3. Suffolk (17-7; 21-16)
4. Pine Manor (16-8; 18-16)
5. Norwich (15-9; 18-16)
6. Lasell (14-10; 21-18)
7. Rivier (13-11; 16-14)
8. Simmons (12-12; 14-21)