Major Series Lacrosse is returning to the 20-game schedule that teams played in 2011, but this year the playoffs will be reduced to two rounds with four teams making the postseason instead of all six. The board of governors agreed to the changes to the schedule at the league’s meeting this past week. As was the case in 2011, teams will play four games against each other team in the league, two at home and two on the road. Unlike 2011, there will actually be a playoff race this summer. The league has done away with the divisional format that last year saw three teams in each of two divisions and the first two rounds of playoffs played within the divisions.
Now, the fifth- and sixth-place teams will miss the playoffs, the first-place team will meet the fourth-place finisher in one semi-final and the second- and third-place teams will meet in the other semi. With six teams making the playoffs the past several years, the first round was a best-of-five format followed by best-of-seven series for the semis and finals. With the four-team approach, all the playoff series will be best of seven.
Schedules for both a 14-game (as was the case last year) and a 20-game season had been prepared before the meeting. Teams took the draft schedule away and will be sorting out any arena or other issues then the final schedule will be approved and released shortly. The season is expected to start near the end of May, as it did last year, and run until the last few days of July or first few days of August, when the first round of playoffs was completed last year.
The semis and final will then follow roughly the same parameters as they did last season so that the league champion will be ready to head out to British Columbia to face the Western Lacrosse Association winners in the Mann Cup in the first half of September.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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