NCAA DIII Field Hockey Tournament Bracket Announced

NCAA DIII Field Hockey Tournament Bracket Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division III Field Hockey Committee announced today the field of 24 teams that will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.

Saint Joseph's College (19-1, 7-0 GNAC) will play at Endicott College (17-4, 12-0 CCC) in an opening-round game on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Both the Monks and Gulls earned an automatic qualifier after clinching conference titles over the weekend, when St. Joe's toppled Lasell College, 4-0, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Sunday and Endicott edged University of New England, 1-0, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship on Saturday.

Wednesday's winner will travel to Pennsylvania to face Messiah College, the top-ranked team in the country in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Poll, at 11:00 AM on Saturday.

Sixteen teams will compete in eight first-round games on campus sites Wednesday, Nov. 7. The eight first-round winners, along with the eight teams that received a first-round bye, will compete at four campus sites during second/third-round play, Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. INTERACTIVE BRACKET

The winners of the four sites will advance to the semifinals and final, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, Nov. 17, with the championship game being played at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, Nov. 18. Championship information, including information about tickets, is available here.

Seventeen conferences have been awarded automatic qualification for their champions into the 2018 championship. Two teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. Finally, five berths were reserved for Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champions and the remaining teams from Pool B.

 

The 17 conferences and schools receiving automatic qualification are:

Capital Athletic Conference  Salisbury 
Centennial Conference  Johns Hopkins
Colonial States Athletic Conference Keystone
Commonwealth Coast Conference  Endicott
Empire 8 Washington and Jefferson
Great Northeast Athletic Conference  Saint Joesph's (Maine)
Landmark Susquehanna
Liberty League Vassar
Little East Conference  Keene State
Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Messiah
Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Fairleigh Dickinson, Florham
New England Small College Athletic Conference Middlebury
New England Women's and Men's Athletics Conference Smith
New Jersey Athletic Conference Rowan
North Coast Athletic Conference Denison
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Lynchburg
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNY New Paltz

The Pool B teams are:

Gwynedd Mercy, Rhodes College

The five Pool C teams are:

Franklin & Marshall, Montclair State, Rochester (New York), TCNJ, Tufts

The dates, sites and pairings are listed on the complete championship bracket, which is attached. For more information about the championship, log on to www.ncaa.com.

In 2017, Middlebury College defeated the defending champions, Messiah College 4-0 at Trager Stadium at the University of Louisville. It was Middlebury's third national title.

 

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