May 6, 2012

Cortland, Salisbury Lead Way in NCAA Div. III

from staff reports | Full Bracket (PDF)

NCAA Brackets: MD1 | WD1 | MD2 | WD2 | MD3 | WD3
Analysis: MD1 | WD1 | MD2 | WD2 | MD3 | WD3

There are only two undefeated teams left in NCAA Division III, and both will be the top seed in their respective region when the national tournament begins this week. Cortland (18-0) received top billing in the north half of the bracket while Salisbury (19-0) earned the same spot in the south.

The tournament begins on Wednesday, May 9 with 12 games and will be followed on Saturday, May 12 with eight more contests. It concludes on Sunday, May 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

The 28-team field featured two other teams boasting byes into the second round. Lynchburg (17-1) picked up that perk in the south while Tufts (16-2) was the recipient in the north.

This was the first time that the men's Division III field had seven Pool C (at-large) berths, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) was awarded an unprecedented three at-larges. Bowdoin, the runner-up to Tufts in the conference championship game, was joined by Connecticut College and Trinity, which both lost in the league semifinals.

Dickinson led a three-team Centennial contingent, as the Red Devils were joined by Washington College and Gettysburg. Stevens and Union rounded out the at-large selections.

As expected, the NCAC swept all three of the Pool B berths. Denison, Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan all earned bids and were slotted in the south bracket.

Wednesday's Games

Springfield at Stevens
Mount Ida at Bowdoin
Montclair State at Union
New England College at RIT
Connecticut College at Western New England
Eastern Connecticut State at Trinity
Goucher at Washington College
Kenyon at Dickinson
Eastern at Cabrini
Birmingham-Southern at Stevenson
Ohio Wesleyan at Gettysburg
Adrian at Denison


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