INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Committee announced the field of 62 teams for the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
#19 Saint Joseph's College (18-0-1, 9-0-1 GNAC) will face Mitchell College (9-8-1, 6-1 NECC) Saturday at #4 Tufts University's Bello Field, kick-off time TBD. Both teams captured their respective conference titles on Saturday, when the Monks edged Norwich University, 1-0, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), and the Mariners topped Elms College, 1-0, in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title contest.
Saturday's winner will play the Jumbos on Sunday, kick-off time TBD.
Forty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, as well as members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 19 berths were reserved for Pool C, which includes institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their conference championship and any remaining Pool B teams.
All tournament games leading up to the national semifinals will be played on the campuses of the competing institutions. Two sites will host three teams for first- and second-round competition Nov. 10 and 11 or 11 and 12. Fourteen sites will host four teams for first-and second-round competition Nov. 10 and 11 or 11 and 12.
Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites Nov. 17 and 18 or 18 and 19. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national semifinals, which take place Dec. 1 at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Commission serving as hosts. The national championship game will be played Dec. 2. The Division III women's soccer national semifinals and championship games will also be held at UNCG Soccer Stadium Dec. 1 and 2.
Conferences and Teams Receiving Automatic Qualification (42):
Pool B Berths (1):
Pool C Berths (19):
Rochester (New York)
Washington and Lee
Log on to ncaa.com for more information regarding the 2017 championship, including the complete bracket with dates and sites. Tufts is the defending national champion, having defeated Calvin 1-0 in last year's championship game.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.