Weekend College Games: NCAA First, Second & Third Rounds

Nov. 09, 2017, 2:06 p.m. (ET)

Photo courtesy of Dave Silverman

College field hockey has now entered NCAA tournament play. USA Field Hockey highlights each Division Tournament this weekend.

DIVISION I: FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

SCHEDULE & PREVIEW

Sherman-Family Complex, Storrs, Conn.

No. 1 Connecticut vs Boston U. | 11:30 a.m. ET | Husky Vision
No. 1 Connecticut (19-0) was the only team to go undefeated in Division I this season, earning them the No. 1 seed and the right to host. The Huskies won their sixth straight Big East Tournament Championship. This qualified them for the NCAA tournament for the fifteenth consecutive year, including back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014. Connecticut will take on Boston University, who defeated Fairfield 5-0 this past Wednesday in an opening round game to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. These two squads met in Storrs, Conn. back on September 18 with the Huskies earning an 8-1 win.

Delaware vs Penn State | 2:00 p.m. ET | Husky Vision
The reigning National Champions, Delaware, take on Penn State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hens (15-4) claimed their fifth straight, and seventh overall, Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title this past weekend. Penn State (16-4) is coming off a 1-0 loss in the Big Ten title match to Michigan. The last time these two teams met, Delaware handed then-No. 2 Penn State its first loss of the season by a margin of 2-0. Delaware is 4-3 all-time against PSU on neutral turf. 

Jack Katz Stadium, Durham, N.C.

No. 2 Duke vs Miami (OH) | 11:30 a.m. ET | Live Stats
No. 2 Duke (16-3) earned the No. 2 seed and will host the First Round of NCAA tournament action this weekend. The Blue Devils earned the program's fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Last fall, they reached the quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament before getting knocked out. Miami (11-8) defeated Stanford 2-1 yesterday in an opening round game to earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament. This is the first time in program history that Miami (Ohio) has reached the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Maryland vs Wake Forest | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats
Both Wake Forest and Maryland earned their way into the 2017 NCAA Tournament and will face off in the First Round this Saturday. Wake Forest (12-7) is making its 16th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The last time these two teams met was back in October of 2013, when Maryland defeated Wake Forest 2-1. Maryland (13-6) earned its 29th NCAA Tournament appearance and this marks the Terrapins’ 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the longest active streak in the nation.

Phyllis Ocker Field, Ann Arbor, Mich.

No. 3 Michigan vs Syracuse | 11:30 a.m. ET | MGoBlueTV
No. 3 Michigan earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA and the right to host the First/Second rounds after capturing the conference tournament title. The Wolverines (19-2) are making their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and have advanced to the semifinals on three of their last thirteen appearances, twice playing in the national title game. Syracuse (12-6) found out they earned an at-large bid into the 2017 NCAA Tournament moments before boarding doors closed on their flight back from the ACC Tournament. This marks the Orange's 10th straight NCAA appearance. The matchup between these two teams will be a battle of two of the nation’s top defenses, who have combined for 24 shutouts on the season.

Northwestern vs Louisville | 2:00 p.m. ET | MGoBlueTV
The other First Round match being played at Michigan will be between Louisville and Northwestern. This marks Louisville's (14-7) fourth consecutive NCAA at-large bid and the seventh overall in program history. The last time these two teams met, Northwestern topped Louisville 2-0 in September. The Cardinals meanwhile are 7-2 all-time verses Northwestern. Northwestern (14-6) is making their 14th overall NCAA appearance and its first since 2014. They enter the NCAA tournament after falling to Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals.

University Hall Turf Field, Charlottesville, Va.

No. 4 North Carolina vs Saint Joseph's | 11:30 a.m. ET | UVa FB Live Stream
No. 4 North Carolina (16-4) will open NCAA Field Hockey Tournament play Saturday with a First-Round matchup against Saint Joseph’s. The 2017 ACC Champions are making their 15th NCAA appearance in a row, and the 34th in school history. The Tar Heels have made more NCAA appearances than any other school. Saint Joseph’s (18-3) is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Atlantic-10 title for the first time in 22 years. Although the top-four ranked teams typically host, North Carolina is without a field this season granting Virginia the host-site.

Virginia vs Princeton | 2:00 p.m. ET | UVa FB Live Stream
Virginia (15-4) earned their 22nd bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and will host the First and Second Round games. Last year in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Princeton and Virginia met in the quarterfinals, where Princeton scored a goal right before the end of regulation to knock Virginia out of the tournament. Princeton (11-6) has reached the NCAA Tournament for 10 straight seasons and claimed the Ivy League title this year. 

Winners of the First Round games will advance to the Second Round on Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. ET. Winners of the Second Round games will advance to the NCAA Division I Semifinals being held at the University of Louisville at Trager Field in Louisville, Ky. on Friday November 17. Discounted tickets for the 2017 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship can be purchased by clicking here.

USA Field Hockey also has a full weekend of anciliary events happening surrounding the NCAA Final Four. Click here for more informaiton.


DIVISION II: FIRST ROUND

Just six teams advanced to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship Tournament, where First Round play will start on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The top two seeded teams receive a bye into the Semifinal round.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

SCHEDULE & PREVIEW

No. 3 Shippensburg vs No. 6 Stonehill | 1:00 p.m. ET | Robb Sports Complex, Shippensburg, Pa. | Ship Video
Defending National Champions, Shippensburg, will take on Stonehill in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday. Shippensburg (14-4) earned the No. 3 seed and is in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and 13th time in program history. The Raiders captured the national title in 2013 and 2016 and are 7-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Stonehill (13-6) has earned its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament after receiving the No. 6 overall seed. Stonehill earned a NCAA bid for the fifth straight year having reached the semifinals each time.

Receiving a bye in the First Round, No. 2 East Stroudsburg will face the winner Shippensburg and Stonehill. ESU is the Atlantic Region top seed, the first time ever. ESU was selected for the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time, and the sixth at the Division II level. The Warriors are pursuing their second national title in three years after winning the first in program history in 2015.

No. 4 St. Anselm vs No. 5 Millersville | 5:00 p.m. EST | Grappone Stadium, Manchester, N.H. | Hawks Streaming Video
Saint Anselm fearned a bid to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament making its second consecutive appearance. The Hawks earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Millersville on Saturday. Saint Anselm (17-2) won their second-straight Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship. Millersville (14-5) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season. The battle between these two teams will feature contrasting styles. Saint Anselm ranks second in goals per game, while Millersville ranks third in the nation in goals against average.

LIU Post earned the No. 1 seed and a First-Round bye in the NCAA Division II Tournament semifinal game after winning the Northeast-10 Conference for the second straight season. This is LIU Post's fourth bid in the last five years. The Pioneers’ last three appearances meanwhile culminated in a trip to the national championship game. LIU post will face either Saint Anselm or Millersville in the semifinals.  

Winners of the First Round games will advance to the NCAA Division II Semifinals being held at Bellarmine University's Owsley B. Frazier Stadium on Friday, November 17, 2017. Discounted tickets for the 2017 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship can be purchased by clicking here.

USA Field Hockey also has a full weekend of anciliary events happening surrounding the NCAA Final Four. Click here for more informaiton.

DIVISION III: SECOND & THIRD ROUNDS

NCAA Division III First Round games took place on Wednesday, November 9 narrowing the playing field to 16 teams. The Second Round will kick off on Saturday, November 11 with multi-conference champions fighting for a chance to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

SCHEDULE & PREVIEW

Anderson Field, Grantham, Pa.

Messiah vs Washington & Lee | 11:00 a.m. ET | GoMessiah.TV
Messiah was awarded a bye through the First Round before hosting the Second and Third Round games on Saturday, November 11. Messiah (19-0) earned the right to host after going undefeated and winning their 11th-straight MAC Commonwealth Championship. The Falcons are riding an impressive 41-game winning streak and will be looking to capture their second Division III National Championship. Washington & Lee (15-4) received an automatic bid into the First Round where they defeated Denison 1-0 this past Wednesday to advance to the Second Round. 

Salisbury vs Trinity | 2:00 p.m. ET | GoMessiah.TV
The other Second Round game will be a matchup between Salisbury and Trinity (Conn.). Salisbury (12-4) received an at-large bid and a first-round bye in their 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance. History is not on Salisbury's side hoever, as their lone victory agaisnt Trinity was during the 1982 season. Trinity (13-6) defeated Gwynedd Mercy 5-3 in a First Round game this Wednesday to reach the Second Round. The tournament appearance is Trinity’s eighth in program history and second in a row. 

Lions Stadium, Ewing Township, N.J.

TCNJ vs SUNY Cortland | 11:00 a.m. ET 
TCNJ (15-3) earned a First Round bye and the right to host the regional rounds of the 2017 NCAA Tournament after topping Kean University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship by a final score of 2-1. SUNY Cortland (18-3) defeated Keene St. 4-1 this past Wednesday to advance to the Second Round, and entered the NCAA play with a 12-game winning streak. The last time  they won the NCAA title was in 1997.

MIT vs Centre | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats
MIT (16-2) received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament after winning its first NEWMAC title since 2012 and fifth overall. Centre punched their ticket to the Tournament marking the program’s first appearance since 2014 and fourth all time. The Colonels (16-4) earned their spot after winning the Southern Athletic Association Championship, and defeating Washingotn & Jefferson 3-2 this past Wednesday to advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Kohn Field, Middlebury, Vt.

Middlebury vs University of New England | 11:00 a.m. ET | Middlebury Panthers
Middlebury field hockey will make its 15th-consecutive and 18th overall appearance in the Tourmament when it hosts the Second Round of play on Saturday, November 11. Middlebury (16-2) earned a bye in the First Round after claiming the NESCAC’s league title for the fifth time. The Panthers enter the weekend with an overall record of 33-16 in NCAA Tournament play. They last won the NCAA title in 2015. They will take on the University of New England (18-4) in the Second Round, who got to this point after rallying past Saint Joseph's Maine 2-1 this past Wednesday. UNE has momentum on their side coming in to Staurday's game having won 11 straight.

Rochester (NY) vs Husson | 2:00 p.m. ET 
The other Second Round game will be a matchup between Husson and Rochester (N.Y.). Rochester (17-3) earned a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. Husson (13-5) upset top ranked Babson 1-0 in the First Round to advance to set a date with the Yellowjackets. Husson picked up their first-ever win over Babson College and improved to 1-5 all-time in the National Tournament. It marked the first time in program history Husson defeated a ranked opponent. 

Captains Turf Field, Newport News, Va.

Christopher Newport vs Kean | 11:00 a.m. ET | CNU Athletics
Christopher Newport (17-1) was rewarded with a first-round bye and the opportunity to host the Second and Third rounds of the NCAA Tournament after claiming the Capital Athletic Conference title. Kean (20-2) defeated Juniata 2-1 in overtime this past Wednesday to advance to the Second Round, marking the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history. 

Montclair State vs Franklin & Marshall | 2:00 p.m. ET 
Montclair State was one of five teams to receive an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA tournament. Montclair State (16-3) is making their seventh overall NCAA appearance, which includes a run to the national title game in 2012. Franklin & Marshall (16-3) defeated Misericordia 2-0 this past Wednesday to advance to the Second Round. Franklin & Marshall are making their 10th overall and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.  

East Stroudsburg received the No. 2 seed while Shippensburg received the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Region side of the bracket. This is the third meeting of the season between East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg. East Stroudsburg won the first two meetings this season. The winner of this first round game will play No.1 seed Millersville (17-4) in the NCAA semifinals on Friday, November 18th. 
After capturing its first NEWMAC Championship, Babson (19-2) was selected to host the Second and Third Rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship. Babson captured the NEWMAC title with a 1-0 win over MIT last weekend. Babson received an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament and a first-round bye game. This will be Babson’s third NCAA tournament appearance. Babson will take on St. John Fisher on Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. EST. St. John Fisher (19-2) claimed a spot in the Sweet 16 after they defeated Rhodes in double overtime 2-1 last Wednesday. This victory was the first time in program history that St. John Fisher has won an NCAA contest. The other contest being played at Babson will take place at 2 p.m. and is between TCNJ (16-3) and Franklin & Marshall (15-4). The top ranked TCNJ earned an automatic bid and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament after winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship last weekend. TCNJ has 11 NCAA national titles in program history with their most recent coming in 2011 and 2014. Franklin & Marshall beat King’s (Pa.) 2-1 this past Wednesday to advance to the Sweet 16 in the DIII NCAA Tournament. This is Franklin & Marshall’s third consecutive trip to the Sweet 16.