NAC Soccer and Volleyball Champs Headed to the NCAA Tournament

Indianapolis, Indiana - The NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Soccer and Women's Volleyball Committees revealed the brackets for their respective national tournaments on Monday, November 11th. The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champions in all three sports received automatic qualification bids to each tournament.

Maine Maritime won the 2019 NAC Women's Volleyball Championship on Sunday, minutes before the women's soccer team won the second NAC Championship of the day for the Mariners.

Thomas College won the 2019 NAC Men's Soccer Championship on Sunday.

 

Women's Volleyball

The NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Committee has selected the 64 institutions that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship. Forty-three conferences were awarded an automatic qualification. One institution was selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The final 20 berths were reserved for Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and independent institutions.

The Maine Maritime Academy volleyball team (24-3) will make their fourth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the Mariners travel to Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) to take part in an eight-team regional. The Mariners will take on Johnson & Wales University (27-4) on Friday, November 15 in the first round.

Maine Maritime won the NAC Championship on Sunday, defeating SUNY Canton 3-0, to advance into the national tournament, while Johnson & Wales captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Saturday, defeating Rivier 3-0.

The meeting will be the third between both squads and first since they squared off in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The hosting Jumbos (27-1) will face New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) champion Eastern Nazarene College (17-6) in the opening round on Friday. Other first-day matches have NESCAC runner-up Bowdoin College (18-7) versus Commonwealth Coast Conference winner Endicott College (23-7) and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champ Babson College (32-1) versus Little East Conference winner University of Massachusetts Boston (12-18).

The national championship will be held November 21-23 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the American Rivers Conference serving as host.

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Women's Soccer

The NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Committee announced today the field of 64 teams that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship. Forty-three conferences were awarded automatic qualification. 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 20 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.

Sixteen four-team sites will conduct first- and second-round play on the first weekend of the championship, November 15 and 16 or 16 and 17. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites November 22 and 23 or 23 and 24. All games, except the semifinals and final, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the semifinals December 6 and 7, at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Foundation serving as hosts.

The Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer team (13-4) will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament when they travel to Amherst College (14-3-1) for a four-team regional. The Mariners will take on the Mammoths on Saturday, November 16 in the first round at 11:00 am.

Maine Maritime defeated UMaine-Farmington for the NAC title by a 1-0 margin on Sunday, earning their automatic bid, after posting a perfect 8-0 record against NAC opponents in the regular season. Amherst earned the automatic bid after taking down top-seed Tufts in the semifinals before defeating No. 2 Middlebury, 1-0 in the NESCAC Championship. 

The matchup will be the first-ever between the Mammoths and Mariners. Amherst will make their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and have made it to the national tournament in eight of the last nine years.

Dickinson College (14-2-4) and Farmingdale State College (14-5-3) are the other two teams facing off at the regional. The Red Devils secure the at-large bid after going unblemished in conference play, but falling in the Centennial Conference Championship to Johns Hopkins (2-0). The Rams received the automatic entrance to the tournament after winning the Skyline Conference with a 5-0 win against Manhattanville.

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Men's Soccer

The NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Committee announced the field of 64 teams for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. 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 21 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. Sixteen sites will host four teams for first-and second-round competition Nov. 15 and 16 or 16 and 17. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites Nov. 22 and 23 or 23 and 24.  Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national semifinals, which take place Dec. 6 at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with UNC Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Commission serving as hosts. The national championship game will be played Dec. 7.

After securing their second-consecutive and sixth overall NAC Championship, the Thomas College men's soccer team earned the conference automatic qualifier to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. The Terriers will take on top-ranked Amherst College at regional host Keene State College on Saturday, November 16 at a time to be determined.

Thomas qualified for their sixth national tournament appearance in program history with a 4-1 win over Maine Maritime academy in Sunday's NAC Championship. The Terriers will look to get past the First Round for the first time in their matchup with the Mammoths. The Terriers most recent NCAA bid came last season when they fell to Connecticut College 4-0.

Amherst has been ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 since October 15. The Mammoths went undefeated (13-0-2) during the regular season to secure the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament, where they were upset by sixth-seeded Middlebury 1-0 in the Semifinal. Their resume was still strong enough to secure their 14th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament as an at at-large bid.

The winner of the match will go on to face the winner of the other semifinal matchup between host Keene State and No. 25 Ithaca College on Sunday, November 17. 

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