The women’s lacrosse team has officially made nationals.
After the team received nearly $14,000 for the trip, U.S. Lacrosse released the complete 16-team field on Tuesday. Gonzaga earned the fifth seed in the WCLA Division II National Championships, its first trip to nationals.
North Carolina and James Madison earned the top two seeds in the tournament. They met in last year’s championship game, with the James Madison Dukes getting the title.
The tournament takes place at the end of finals week from May 7-10 in Virginia Beach, Va.
GU finished the season with a 13-0-0 record and won its second-straight Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League (NWWLL) title. One of those wins came against Utah, which the Bulldogs beat 12-9 on March 1.
Last year after the team won the NWWLL championship against Whitman, it was told by the league that GU had won an automatic bid to nationals. However, the team was later informed that it didn’t earn a spot.
This year, after finishing with perfect record, it faced another obstacle in its trip to nationals: a lack of funding. But they raised enough money through crowdfunding and a donation from President Thayne McCulloh.