NEW HAVEN, Conn. (July 12, 2017) -- Georgian Court University has been chosen to once again host the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Softball Championship, as the Lions will host the 2018 tournament on May 3-5 in Lakewood, N.J. The announcement was made on Wednesday by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
The top-eight teams in the final regular-season standings will advance to the championship tournament, as Day 1 will begin on Thursday, May 3. Six teams will advance to Day 2 on Friday, May 4, and the two finalists will advance to Championship Saturday on May 5. The final day will feature at least one game, but an "if necessary" game could be possible to determine the 2018 champion.
Georgian Court has hosted the last several championships in Lakewood, as the institution features two first-class fields to continually keep the games going throughout the three days of the tournament. The championship final will be staged on Field 1.
Championship Week will kick off on Wednesday, May 2, with the annual CACC Softball Championship Banquet. The event will highlight the eight teams qualifying for the tournament, while also recognizing major award winners and all-conference honorees.
Caldwell University will enter the 2018 season as the defending conference champion, as the Cougars defeated Philadelphia University in the final back in May. The Cougars were one of two CACC programs to move onto the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament following the conference championship, as Wilmington University was the other program to make the NCAAs.
Each conference member is eligible to put in a bid to host each of the 16 championship events contested in the CACC. Bids for the following year are collected and reviewed by the CACC Championships Committee and voted on by the league's Directors Council at the conference's year-end meeting each June.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.