The bracket for the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament will expand from 16 teams to 26 effective with the 2013 championship.
As a result, play-in games are eliminated, and the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee will recommend to the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet at its September meeting that the following 13 conferences receive automatic qualifiers for the 2013 tournament:
- America East Conference
- American Lacrosse Conference
- Atlantic 10 Conference
- Atlantic Coast Conference
- Big East Conference
- Big South Conference
- Colonial Athletic Association
- The Ivy League
- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
- National Lacrosse Conference (Atlantic Sun Conference)
- Northeast Conference
- Patriot League
Upon cabinet approval, the dates for the 2013 championship will be as follows:
Selections: Sunday, May 5
First Round: Friday, May 10
Second Round: Sunday, May 12
Quarterfinals: May 18 or May 19
Semifinals: Friday, May 24
Final: Sunday, May 26
First- and second-round competition will be played at the same site and hosted by one of the top eight seeded teams. The final host site will be selected in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the committee will recommend to the cabinet at its February 2013 meeting that the number of women's lacrosse regions increase from four to five. This increase, with a projected effective date of Sept. 1, 2013, will allow for each conference to have its respective members in the same region, thus allowing the committee the opportunity to more effectively and efficiently evaluate each team. This increase, which is in alignment with other sports, also provides the regions to be more balanced and provides stability as more institutions continue to add the sport of women's lacrosse. Each conference will be represented by two institutions on the regional advisory committee. This change will not impact the selection process.