If they want to care a little more about bracket integrity and are willing to gamble, they should send Endicott to Elmira. Odds are heavily favored towards Elmira winning that matchup and if Endicott comes away with it they deserve a flight to the QF.
Whoever decided that the First Round had to be on March 6th really put unnecessary shackles on what the committee can do bracket-wise. Why take away the option of a First Round on Friday? Why preemptively take away flexibility?
A Friday first round would allow for a bracket that looks like:
Endicott/Adrian @ Elmira
Norwich/Middlebury @ Plattsburgh
Eau Claire @ St. Thomas
River Falls @ Hamline
Not ideal, as the most fair First Rounds would be Endicott @ Middlebury and Norwich @ Eau Claire, but it keeps the top 3 teams out of the first round.
Maybe Lake Forest will shock us all and spare us the Adrian problem for one year. Or, looking at other 2nd place teams, is there any chance the NCAA waives the 23 miles over 500 should Morrisville get in over Endicott? They could let Morrisville bus 523 miles to Adrian for a first round in that scenario...