November 8, 2018

2018 Tournament Field Factoids

By Christan Shirk

As we await the start of the 2018 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 (2017) Tournament

MEN:  29 of last year's 62 participants (eleven Sweet 16 teams, five Elite 8 teams, two Final Four teams)

WOMEN:  41 of last year's 64 participants (fourteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

First Ever Tournament Appearance

MEN (5):  Colby, Keystone, Knox, Newbury (by AQ berth) and Southwestern (by Pool C at-large berth)

WOMEN (5):  Adrian, Occidental, St. Joseph's (Maine) (by AQ berth) and Bridgewater (Va.), Vassar (by Pool C at-large berth)

D3Soccer.com Top 25 Ranked Teams not participating

MEN (3):  No. 9 North Park (16-3-0), No. 16 Lynchburg (13-2-2), No. 21 St. Norbert (17-1-1)

WOMEN (0):  --

Undefeated Teams in the Tournament

MEN (3):  St. Joseph’s (Maine) (20-0-0), Messiah (16-0-3), Tufts (13-0-3)

WOMEN (2):  Centre (19-0-0), Wahsington U. (17-0-0)

 


Most Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2018 participants only)

MEN (out of 45 total championships):  29 - Messiah  |  26 - Elizabethtown  |  22 - St. Lawrence, Trinity (Tx.)  |  19 - Cortland St., Williams  |  18 - Montclair St., Rochester  |  17 - Amherst, Calvin

WOMEN (out of 33 total championships):  29 - William Smith  |  27 - Ithaca, TCNJ  |  24 - Trinity (Tx.)  |  21 - Wheaton (Ill.)  |  20 - Williams  |  19 - Lynchburg, Messiah,...

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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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