Division II Men Jostle for Postseason Position
Mercyhurst must defeat Limestone if it has any hopes of
qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
It's a big week of games in the men's Division II ranks with six
of the top seven nationally ranked teams playing each other. With
only four teams selected for the NCAA Championship Tournament, each
game could have significant playoff implications.
The fun starts Wednesday afternoon with No. 2 Le Moyne (9-1) at
No. 6 Adelphi (10-1) in a big Northeast-10 clash. The teams are
ranked one and two in the most recent NCAA North Region ranking and
are the only two remaining unbeatens in the league. Wednesday's
winner will likely claim the top seed for the NE-10 Championship
Tournament, which begins on May 3.
On Saturday, two-time defending national champion and No. 3 ranked
C.W. Post (13-1) visits No. 7 Mercy (10-1) in a battle for first
place in the East Coast Conference. While the Pioneers currently
hold the top spot in the NCAA Central Region ranking, a victory by
the upstart Mavericks would put them in control of their destiny
and give them a chance to win the league title in just their second
Also on Saturday, top-ranked Limestone (14-0), fresh off its
Conference Carolinas championship, meets No. 4 Mercyhurst (8-2) in
a neutral-site game in Alexandria, Virginia. While the Saints, who
won their league title for the 12th time in 13 years, are a virtual
lock for the NCAA Tournament, a victory would likely ensure home
field for the NCAA semifinal regardless of their postseason
Conversely, despite being a non-region game, a Mercyhurst win
would possibly help build its postseason credentials as the
at-large selection, slim as they may be at this point with the
Lakers currently lined up in third place in the ECC behind C.W.
Post and Mercy.