Friday, November 5, 2021

Championship Weekend


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III


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1. Championship Weekend


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It started back in the heat of mid-August ... it comes to an end in the gray of November. It's Conference Championship Weekend in field hockey, soccer and volleyball with automatic berths to the NCAA tournament on the line.

Today's D3Playbook takes a look at the next three days and what to watch for.


2.  How to Make The Field

The regional rankings go a long way to determining if your favorite team can make it into the field without a conference title.

>> Primary Criteria: W-L percentage vs. DIII opponents; head-to-head competition; results vs. common opponents; results vs. ranked DIII teams; strength of schedule.

>> Secondary Criteria: non-DIII W-L percentage; results vs. common non-DIII opponents; non-conference strength of schedule.

>> Be Smart: After conferences determine their champion (automatic qualifiers or AQ) and the independents are selected, remaining teams are considered according to their regional ranking. Example: In Region X, team A is considered before teams B and C. Until A is selected as an at-large, B is not under discussion. B has to be selected before C is under consideration.

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3. Women's Soccer

Forty-four conference champions ... and 20 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Conference tournaments to watch

Saturday finals
A-R-C: (1) Loras vs. (4) Wartburg
HCAC: (3) Hanover at (7) Mount St. Joseph
MAC Freedom: (1) Misericordia vs. (4) Stevens
MIAC: (2) St. Catherine vs. (6) Saint Benedict
OAC: (4) Ohio Northern vs. (6) Otterbein
WIAC: (3) La Crosse vs. (5) Oshkosh

Saturday semifinals
NESCAC: (1) Amherst vs. (4) Middlebury; (2) Wesleyan vs. (3) Hamilton

>> Championship Central

4. Men's Soccer

Forty-three conference champions ... and 21 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Friday semifinals
Centennial: (2) Franklin & Marshall at (3) Washington College
SCAC: (1) Trinity, Texas vs. (3) Colorado College

Saturday finals
MIAC: (1) St. Olaf vs. (3) Carleton
NCAC: (4) Kenyon vs. (6) Denison
NEWMAC: (2) MIT vs. (3) Babson
OAC: (2) Otterbein vs. (3) John Carroll

Saturday semifinals
NESCAC: (1) Tufts vs. (4) Middlebury

>> Championship Central

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5.  Volleyball

Forty-four conference champions ... and 20 at-larges will make up the 64-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Friday Quarterfinals
NESCAC: (4) Middlebury vs. (5) Amherst

Saturday finals
MAC Commonwealth: (6) Stevenson vs. (8) Eastern
NEWMAC: (1) MIT vs. (4) Coast Guard; (2) Babson vs. (3) Springfield

Saturday semifinals
NEWMAC: (1) MIT vs. (4) Coast Guard; (2) Babson vs. (3) Springfield


6.  Field Hockey

Sixteen conference champions ... three independents and and seven at-larges will make up the 26-team NCAA championship field. (#) regional ranking

Saturday finals
C2C: (2) Christopher Newport vs. (6) Salisbury
Liberty: (3) Ithaca vs. (4) Vassar
NJAC: (1) Rowan vs. (2) Kean
SUNYAC: (1) New Paltz vs. (2) Cortland

Saturday semifinals
NESCAC: (1) Middlebury vs. (4) Trinity, Conn.; (2) Bowdoin vs. (3) Tufts


7.  Weekend Preview

Here's a list of the games/matches/events that we are keeping an eye on this weekend.

Basketball (M)

  • No. 2 Yeshiva at Lycoming
  • No. 17 UW-Oshkosh vs. Augustana
  • No. 19 Whitworth vs. Redlands
  • No. 21 Mount Union vs. Albion
Basketball (W)
  • No. 2 East Texas Baptist vs. Trinity, Texas
  • No. 14 Hardin-Simmons vs. Schreiner
  • No. 3 Whitewater vs. No. 12 La Crosse
  • No. 13 Union vs. No. 24 Ithaca
  • No. 16 Muhlenberg vs. No. 25 Susquehanna
  • No. 18 Trinity, Texas vs. No. 19 Birmingham-Southern
Ice Hockey (M)
  • No. 11 Babson vs. No. 13 Elmira
  • No. 5 Hobart vs. No. 11 Babson
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