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MAAC Men's Lacrosse Tiebreakers
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 04/01/2011

Men’s Lacrosse Tie-Breaker

Two-Way Tie

A.            If there is a tie(s) for any place(s) in the standings, then the results of the in-season head-to-head competition shall be used to break that tie.

B.            In more than single round robin sports, if the two teams split their in-season games, then the committee shall use the best record against highest seeded remaining teams in descending order as the tiebreaker.

                When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedure).

Multiple-Team Tie (3 or more teams)

A.            For either single or multiple round robin sports, three or more teams tied are viewed as a "mini-conference" when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage. If all the teams in the mini-conference have the same mini-conference record, proceed to B. below. If two or more teams, but not all, have the same best record in the mini-conference, only those specific teams advance to the next tiebreaker step.

                After the top team(s) in a mini-conference is determined, the next team is ranked by its record in the original mini-conference. If there are two remaining teams tied by their record in the mini-conference, then head-to-head results will determine the higher seed. If the teams split their games then proceed to B below.

                If there are three or more teams remaining tied by their record in the mini-conference, they would then form a new mini-conference and follow the procedure again starting at A.

B.            The next step in breaking all or part of a mini-conference tie is each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the league, continuing down through the division standings until one team gains an advantage.

                When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedure).  If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to C.  If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those tied teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed within the mini-conference.

C.            The next step is to compare the goal differential of the tied teams in games among the tied teams.  The tied teams shall be seeded in order of goal differential.  The team with the greatest goal differential is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to D.  If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed within the mini conference.

D.            The next step is to compare the goal differential of the tied teams in games against all conference teams.  The tied teams shall be seeded in order of goal differential.  The team with greatest goal differential is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to E.  If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed.

E.            The next step is to compare the RPI of the tied teams (based on the most recent RPI rankings released by the NCAA prior to the start of the MAAC Championship).  The tied teams shall be seeded in order of RPI; the team with the best RPI is seeded highest.  If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to coin flip/random draw.  If some, but not all, of the teams remain tied, then those teams start the tiebreaking process over to determine their seed.

General Tie-Breaking Rules

A.            When comparing scores for a tiebreaker, a win takes precedent over a tie, and a tie takes precedent over a loss.

B.            If ties still exist, then the Commissioner or his designee shall use a coin toss/random draw to break the tie.


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