November 10, 2017

2017 Tournament Field Factoids

By Christan Shirk

As we await the start of the 2017 NCAA Division III men's and women's championship tournament, let's take a look at the tournament field.

Who's Back from Last Year's (2016) Tournament

MEN: 32 of last year's 62 participants (thirteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

WOMEN: 42 of last year's 64 participants (fourteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

First Ever Tournament Appearance

MEN (5): Endicott, Mitchell, Penn State-Abington, Willamette, UW-Superior (all by AQ berth)

WOMEN (5): Franklin, St. Catherine, Dominican (by AQ berth) and Mary Hardin-Baylor, Susquehanna (by Pool C at-large berth)

D3Soccer.com Top 25 Ranked Teams not participating

MEN (1): #25 Christopher Newport (14-3-1)

WOMEN (0): --

Undefeated Teams in the Tournament

MEN (3): Calvin (19-0-1), Drew (19-0-1), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (18-0-1)

WOMEN (4): Hardin-Simmons (19-0-0), TCNJ (18-0-0), Christopher Newport (18-0-1), Dominican (17-0-4) [undefeated Piedmont (16-0-4), is not in the tournament]

Most Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2017 participants only)

MEN (44 total championships): 40 - Ohio Wesleyan; 28 - Messiah; 27 - Rowan; 21 - Trinity (Tx.); 18 - Cortland State; 17 - Rochester; 16 - Amherst, Calvin, Emory; 15 - Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Salem State, Stevens

WOMEN (32 total championships): 28 - William Smith; 26 - TCNJ; 23 - Trinity (Texas); 20 - Wheaton (Ill.); 19 - Williams; 18 - Lynchburg, Messiah; 17 - Chicago, Hardin-Simmons, Scranton, Washington U.

Most Consecutive Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2017 participants only)

MEN: 16 - Trinity (Tx.) ('02-'17); 13 - Ohio Wesleyan ('05-'17); 12 - Amherst ('06-'17); 7 - Oneonta State ('11-'17); 6 - Brandeis ('12-'17); 5 - Franklin and Marshall, Kenyon, Westminster (Mo.) ('13-'17)

WOMEN: 18 - Messiah ('00-'17); 15 - Hardin-Simmons ('03-'17); 13 - Johns Hopkins ('05-'17); 12 - Washington U. ('06-'17); 11 - Lynchburg, William Smith, Williams ('07-'17); 9 - Trinity (Texas) ('09-'17); 8 - Lasell ('10-'17)

Most Consecutive Years Advancing to Sectionals (Sweet 16) (2017 participants only)

MEN: 7 - Amherst ('10-'16); 5 - Brandeis, Trinity (Texas) ('12-'16); 4 - Franklin & Marshall, Kenyon ('13-'16); 3 - Oneonta State, Tufts ('14-'16)

WOMEN: 13 - Messiah ('04-'16); 4 - Thomas More, Williams ('13-'16); 2 - Brandeis, Hardin-Simmons, Washington U., William Smith, UW-Whitewater ('15-'16)

Most Years Since Previous Tournament Appearance

MEN: 33 yrs. - Buffalo State (1984); 25 yrs. - WPI (1992); 22 yrs. - Connecticut College (1995); 16 yrs. - Mary Washington (2001); 15 yrs. - Otterbein (2002); 12 yrs. - Western Connecticut (2005); 9 yrs. - three teams

WOMEN: 14 yrs. - Whittier (2003); 12 yrs. - Wilkes (2005); 10 yrs. - Methodist, Tufts (2007); 7 yrs. - Hamilton (2010); 5 yrs. - Castleton, Ohio Northern (2012)

Most Tournament Wins All-Time (2017 participants only)

MEN: 76 - Messiah; 64 - Ohio Wesleyan; 41 - Trinity (Tx.); 33 - Rowan; 25 - Amherst, Loras; 24 - Brandeis; 23 - Calvin; 22 - Cortland State; 18 - Kenyon

WOMEN: 61 - Messiah; 56 -TCNJ; 51 - William Smith; 49 - Wheaton (Ill.); 33 - Washington U., Williams; 28 - Trinity (Texas); 25 - Lycnhburg; 23 - Chicago; 22 - Johns Hopkins

Highest Tournament Winning Percentage All-Time, min.10 games (2017 participants only)

MEN: .826 - Messiah (76-14-5); .800 - Tufts (16-4-0);.725 - Oneonta State (14-5-1); .697 - Loras (25-10-3); .685 - Trinity (Texas) (41-18-3); .659 - Amherst (25-11-8); .645 - Brandeis (24-13-1); .644 - Ohio Wesleyan (64-34-6); .625 - Otterbein (7-4-1); .611 - Franklin and Marshall (11-7-0) 

WOMEN: .871 - Messiah (61-9-6); .769 - Wheaton (Ill.);.715 - TCNJ (56-21-4); .693 - William Smith (51-20-9); .685 - Washington U. (33-13-8); .667 - Carnegie Mellon (8-2-2), Tufts (10-4-4);.654 - Williams (33-16-6); .653 - Middlebury (17-9-0);.625 - Lynchburg (25-14-5)

Most Tournament Appearances Without a Tournament Win (aka Most Desperate for First Tournament Win)

MEN: 5 - Cabrini (0-4-1); 4 - Lake Forest (0-4-0); 3 - Springfield (0-3-0), Castleton (0-3-0)

WOMEN: 9 - Farmingdale State (0-9-0), Penn State-Behrend (0-9-0); 7 - Cabrini (0-7-0); 5 - Westfield State (0-5-1); 4 - Arcadia (0-3-1), Lesley (0-4-0), Castleton (0-4-0)

Most Represented Conferences

MEN: 5 - NESCAC; 4 - UAA; 3 - Centennial, SUNYAC, OAC; 2 - six conferences

WOMEN: 5 - NESCAC; 4 - UAA; 3 - Centennial, NJAC, ODAC; 2 - eleven conferences

Representation by Region

MEN: 14 - New England; 9 - Mid-Atlantic; 8 - East, South Atlantic, Great Lakes; 5 - Central, North, West

WOMEN: 13 - New England; 11 - Mid-Atlantic; 8 - North; 7 - South Atlantic, Central, West; 6 - Great Lakes; 5 - East

Most Represented States

MEN: 8 - New York; 7 - Massachusetts, Pennsylvania; 5 - Ohio; 4 - Illinois, New Jersey; 3 - Connecticut, Texas, Virginia

WOMEN: 11 - Pennsylvania, 7 - Massachusetts; 5 - Illinois, New York; 3 - California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia

Schools Represented in Both Men's and Women's Tournaments (20)

Brandeis, Cabrini, Cal Lutheran, Castleton, Chicago, Connecticut College, Dominican, Johns Hopkins, Loras, Lynchburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Messiah, Middlebury, Rowan, St. Thomas, Stevens, Thomas More, Trinity (Texas), Tufts, Western Connecticut

Longest Active Winning Streaks Entering the Tournament

MEN: 16 - Drew, St. Thomas; 15 - Otterbein, Trinity (Texas); 14 - North Carolina Wesleyan, St. Joseph’s (Maine); 12 - Oglethorpe; 11 - Penn State-Abington; 7 - Calvin, North Park

WOMEN: 19 - Hardin-Simmons; 18 - TCNJ, Trinity (Texas); 16 - Christopher Newport; 14 -William Smith; 11 - Webster; 10 - Centre; 9 - Penn State-Berks; 8 - Wheaton (Ill.)

Longest Active Unbeaten Streaks Entering the Tournament

MEN: 20 - Calvin, Drew; 19 - St. Joseph’s (Maine); 17 - North Park; 16 - St. Thomas; 15 - Lynchburg, Otterbein, Trinity (Texas); 14 - North Carolina Wesleyan, 13 - Oglethorpe; 12 - Oneonta State; 11 - Penn State-Abington, Thomas More; 10 - Loras, Tufts

WOMEN: 41 - Hardin-Simmons; 21 - Dominican; 20 - TCNJ; 19 - Christopher Newport, Ohio Northern; 18 - Trinity (Texas); 14 -William Smith; 13 - Loras; 12 - Penn State-Behrend, UW-La Crosse; 11 - Webster, Wheaton (Ill.); 10 - Centre, Johns Hopkins, Lesley

Highest 2017 Goals Per Game (tournament participants only)

MEN: 3.95 - Calvin; 3.67 - Dominican; 3.55 - Drew; 3.48 - Rowan; 3.42 - St. Joseph's (Maine); 3.27 - UW-Superior; 2.83 - North Park; 2.81 - Trinity (TX); 2.68 - Oglethorpe; 2.67 - Chicago

WOMEN: 5.72 - Trinity (Texas); 5.37 - Hardin-Simmons; 4.67 - Penn State-Berks; 3.90 - Webster; 3.68 - Christopher Newport; 3.67 - Chicago; 3.50 - TCNJ; 3.45 - MIT; 3.29 - Dominican; 3.22 - Loras

Lowest 2017 Goals Against Average (tournament participants only)

MEN: 0.00 - St. Joseph's (Maine); 0.06 - Tufts; 0.32 - Johns Hopkins; 0.37 - Transylvania; 0.39 - Calvin; 0.44 - Lynchburg; 0.45 - Rutgers-Newark; 0.46 - Springfield; 0.47 - Kenyon; 0.49 - Messiah

WOMEN: 0.15 - Messiah; 0.17 - TCNJ, Trinity (Texas); 0.20 - Pacific Lutheran; 0.21 - Hardin-Simmons; 0.28 - William Smith, Rowan; 0.32 - Dominican; 0.33 - Chicago; 0.35 - Washington U.

Most Shutouts Posted in 2017 (tournament participants only)

MEN: 19 - St. Joseph's (Maine); 16 - Tufts; 14 - Rutgers-Newark; 13 - Calvin, Johns Hopkins, Lynchburg, Messiah; 12 - DeSales, Kenyon, North Carolina Wesleyan, Springfield, Transylvania, Trinity (Texas)

WOMEN: 16 - Dominican, Messiah, Pacific Lutheran, TCNJ; 15 - Hardin-Simmons, Hope, Trinity (Texas); 13 - Chicago, Knox, Lesley, Ohio Northern, Penn State-Berks, Rowan, William Smith

 


1st/2nd Round Pods with Highest Average 2017 Team Winning Percentage

MEN: Otterbein/Medaille/Kenyon/Transylvania (.847); Lycoming/Lehman/F&M/Drew (.823); John Carroll/Ohio Wesleyan/Calvin/Thomas More (.804); Tufts/St. Joseph’s (Maine)/Mitchell (.797); Trinity (Tx.)/ Texas-Tyler/M. Hardin-Baylor/Willamette (.790)

WOMEN: Chris. Newport/Cabrini/Lynchburg/McDaniel (.826); Ohio Northern/PSU-Behrend/Ill. Wesleyan/Centre (.819); Loras/Webster/Wheaton (Ill.)/Knox (.813); Hardin-Simmons/Methodist/M. Hardin-Baylor/Trinity (Tx.) (.812); Wm. Smith/Lasell/Swarthmore/Susquehanna (.802)

1st/2nd Round Pods with Lowest Average 2017 Team Winning Percentage

MEN: Cortland St./Mt. St. Mary/Middlebury/Stevens (.700); North Park/UW-Plateville/Westminster (Mo.) (.715); Lynchburg/PSU-Abington/Dickinson/Emory (.733); Chicago/Lake Forest/Dominican/Capital (.736); Rowan/Cabrini/Johns Hopkins/DeSales (.749)

WOMEN: Cal Lutheran/UC Santa Cruz/Pacific Luth./Whittier (.625); UW-La Crosse/St. Scholastica/Wartburg/St. Thomas (.729); TCNJ/Roger Williams/Tufts/Va. Wesleyan (.745); Carnegie Mellon/Farmingdale St./Franklin/Arcadia (.747); Geneseo St./PSU-Berks/Misericordia/Hamilton (.757)

1st/2nd Round Pods with Most Cumulative Tournament Appearances in Previous Five Years (2012-16)

MEN: John Carroll/Ohio Wesleyan/Calvin/Thomas More (14); Brandeis/Western Conn./Rutgers-Newark/Bowdoin (10), Oneonta St./WPI/Rochester/Connecticut Col. (9); Tufts/St. Joseph’s (Maine)/Mitchell (7 w/ 3 teams); Chicago/Lake Forest/Dominican/Capital (8), Lynchburg/PSU-Abington/Dickinson/Emory (8)

WOMEN: Williams/Lesley/Stevens/Brandeis (15); Ohio Northern/PSU-Behrend/Ill. Wesleyan/Centre (15); Messiah/Westfield St./Rowan/Scranton (14); Chris. Newport/Cabrini/Lynchburg/McDaniel (14); Wm. Smith/Lasell/Swarthmore/Susquehanna (13)

1st/2nd Round Pods with Fewest Cumulative Tournament Appearances in Previous Five Years (2012-16)

MEN: Oglethorpe/N.C. Wesleyan/Wash. & Lee/Mary Washington (2); Rowan/Cabrini/Johns Hopkins/DeSales (4); Messiah/Castleton/Buffalo St./Hobart (4); Trinity (Tx.)/Texas-Tyler/M. Hardin-Baylor/Willamette (5); Tufts/St. Joseph’s (Me.)/Mitchell (4 w/ 3 teams)

WOMEN: Cal Lutheran/UC Santa Cruz/Pacific Luth./Whittier (5); UW-La Crosse/St. Scholastica/Wartburg/St. Thomas (8); TCNJ/Roger Williams/Tufts/Va. Wesleyan (9); Johns Hopkins/Staten Island/Connecticut Col./Wilkes (9); three pods (10)

1st/2nd Round Pods with Multiple Teams that Advanced to Sectionals (Sweet 16) in Previous Five Years (2012-16)

MEN (5): Brandeis ('16 '15 '14 '13 '12)/Rutgers-Newark ('16); Lycoming ('15)/Frank. & Marsh. ('16 '15 '14 '13); Ohio Wesleyan ('14)/Calvin ('16 '15); Cortland St. ('16 '14)/Stevens ('12); Chicago ('16)/Dominican('12)

WOMEN (12): Williams ('16 '15 '14 '13)/Stevens ('15)/Brandeis ('16 '15 '12); 11 pods with two teams

1st Round Matches with Both Teams having Advanced to Sectionals (Sweet 16) in Previous Five Years (2012-16)

MEN (0): --

WOMEN (4): Stevens ('15) vs. Brandeis ('16 '15 '12); Ill. Wesleyan ('15 '14) vs. Cente ('15 '14); Lynchburg ('14 '12) vs. Mc Daniel ('16); TCNJ ('14 '13) vs. Roger Williams ('14);

 


Average 2017 Team Winning Percentage by Quadrant

MEN: Atlantic (.782); Midwest (.779); Central (.766); Northeast (.743)

WOMEN: American (.795); Atlantic (.782); Midwest (.780); Northeast (.735)

Former National Champions in each Quadrant

MEN: 3 - Atlantic (Brandeis, Rowan, Tufts), Northeast (Messiah, Middlebury, Amherst); 2 - Central (Ohio Wesleyan, Trinity (Tx.)); 0 - Midwest

WOMEN: 3 - Atlantic (Lynchburg, Messiah, TCNJ); 2 - Midwest (Washington U., Wheaton (Ill.)), American (Hardin-Simmons, William Smith); 1 - Northeast (Williams)

Teams’ Average Number of Tournament Appearances in Previous Five Years by Quadrant

MEN: Central - 2.2 app/team; Atlantic - 1.7; Northeast - 1.6; Midwest - 1.3)

WOMEN: American - 3.2 app/team; Atlantic - 3.0; Midwest - 2.8; Northeast - 2.4

Teams’ Average All-Time Tournament Appearances by Quadrant

MEN: Central - 10.3 app/team; Northeast - 9.7; Atlantic - 8.4; Midwest - 6.6

WOMEN: Atlantic - 11.1 app/team; American - 9.6; Midwest - 9.1; Northeast - 7.6

Number of Teams that Reached the Sweet 16 in Previous Five Years by Quadrant

MEN: 5 - Central, Atlantic, Northeast; 2 - Midwest

WOMEN: 8 - Atlantic; 7 -Midwest, American; 6 - Northeast

Cumulative Sweet 16’s in Previous Five Years by Quadrant

MEN: 15 - Northeast; 14 - Atlantic; 10 - Central; 8 - Midwest

WOMEN: 17 - American; 16 - Midwest, Northeast; 15 - Atlantic

Cumulative Elite 8’s in Previous Five Years by Quadrant

MEN: 8 - Northeast; 7 - Atlantic; 6 - Central; 5 - Midwest

WOMEN: 10 - American; 9 - Midwest, Northeast; 7 - Atlantic

Cumulative Final Fours in Previous Five Years by Quadrant

MEN: 5 - Northeast; 3 - Atlantic, Central, Midwest

WOMEN: 5 - Atlantic, Northeast; 4 - Midwest, American

 


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CHRISTAN SHIRK

Christan Shirk

 

Christan Shirk is a Messiah College graduate (1993, Civil Engineering) and has been a keen and passionate observer of D-III soccer for over a decade and a half. Never more than a rec-league player himself, Chris brings an analytical approach and nationwide perspective to D3soccer.com. He loves D-III soccer history, statistical number-crunching, and off-the-radar action, all of which he gladly shares with his readers when he's able to find time to write. [see full bio]

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