NCAA DIII WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT ANNOUNCED
NEWTON, MA- The Lasell College women's soccer team will face Williams College (12-3-2) in the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, hosted at Brandeis University on Saturday. Announcements and full bracket for the tournament was announced Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. The Lasers and the Ephs will meet on Saturday, November 13th, at 11:00 a.m.
The Lasers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship Title on Saturday, November 6th after a 1-0 win over Norwich University. Lasell, currently 14-3-3 on the season, is on an eight-game winning streak, and went forward on a four-game shutout stretch through the conference post-season tournament. The women's soccer team at Lasell has never made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history. In fact, the women's soccer team is the first women's program out of Lasell's eight sports to make it to the "Big Dance."
Lasell will take on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champions Williams College in the first round of the post-season tournament. The Ephs secured their fourth straight NESCAC Title with nine seniors on their roster whom have won the NESCAC Championship all four years at Williams. During that time they have accumulated an all-time record of 67-6-3, a league slate of 31-2-3, and an 11-0 record in the conference tournament.
The Ephs gathered a 1-0 victory over Amherst College to earn their spot in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Sara Wild (Portland, OR) tallied the game-winner, avenging a previous 1-0 loss to the Jeffs during the regular season.
Williams is on a seven-game unbeaten streak, dating back to October 9th when Bates defeated the Ephs, 2-1, in conference play. Four of their last seven wins have been shutouts, including in the semi-finals and the finals of the NESCAC Tournament. They are currently ranked 9th in the NCAA/NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Division III Rankings nationally as of November 9th.
The NCAA DIII Women's Soccer Tournament is comprised of a field of 63 teams. Fourty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualifiers for the 2010 championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 20 berths were reserved for Pool C, which are institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.
One team will receive a first-round bye. One two-team first-round match will be played to determine the team that advances to the second round to play the team that received a first-round bye. Fifteen four-team sites will conduct first- and second-round play on the first weekend of the championship, November 13-14 or 14-15. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites November 20-21 or 21-22. 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 4-5, at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
Lasell will provide a shuttle to the NCAA contest on Saturday for Lasell fans to get to Brandeis. The shuttle will leave at 10:30 a.m. in front of the athletic center- first come, first served. Tickets for the game are $3 for students with an ID and $6 for adults.
Conferences and Teams Receiving Automatic Qualification (42):
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Penn State-Altoona
American Southwest Conference Hardin-Simmons
Capital Athletic Conference Stevenson
Centennial Conference Johns Hopkins
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Illinois Wesleyan
Colonial States Athletic Conference Centenary (New Jersey)
Commonwealth Conference Messiah
The Commonwealth Coast Conference Roger Williams
Empire 8 Stevens Institute of Technology
Freedom Conference Manhattanville
Great Northeast Athletic Conference Lasell
Great South Athletic Conference Maryville (Tennessee)
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Transylvania
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Loras
Landmark Conference Scranton
Liberty League William Smith
Little East Conference Western Connecticut State
Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Worcester State
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Calvin
Midwest Conference Lawrence
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Concordia-Moorhead
New England Collegiate Conference Mitchell
New England Small College Athletic Conference Williams
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Springfield
New Jersey Athletic Conference The College of New Jersey
North Atlantic Conference Castleton
North Coast Athletic Conference Denison
North Eastern Athletic Conference Keuka
Northern Athletics Conference Aurora
Northwest Conference Puget Sound
Ohio Athletic Conference Otterbein
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Lynchburg
Presidents'Athletic Conference Washington and Jefferson
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Principia
Skyline Conference Farmingdale State
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Redlands
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Trinity (Texas)
State University of New York Athletic Conference Oneonta State
University Athletic Association Chicago
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Northwestern (Minnesota)
USA South Athletic Conference Christopher Newport
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Pool B Berth (1):
Pool C Berths (20):
Eastern Connecticut State
Rochester (New York)
Washington U. in St. Louis
In last year's finals, Messiah College defeated Washington University (Missouri) by a score of 1-0, to win the championship. It was Messiah's second consecutive national championship.
|NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Division III Rankings
(As of 11/09/2010)
|14||Eastern Conn. St.||15-0-4||12||8|