November 12, 2016

2016 Tournament Field Factoids

By Christan Shirk

As we await the start of the 2016 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 (2015) Tournament

MEN: 32 of last year's 62 participants (eleven Sweet 16 teams, six Elite 8 teams, three Final Four teams)

WOMEN: 35 of last year's 64 participants (fourteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

First Ever Tournament Appearance

MEN (5): Dubuque, Geneva, Hanover, New England College, St. John Fisher

WOMEN (8): Buffalo State, Knox, Luther, Minnesota-Morris, Mount Union, Pacific Lutheran, Wentworth, WPI

D3Soccer.com Top 25 Ranked Teams not participating

MEN (1): #16 Colorado College (16-3-1)

WOMEN (0): --

Undefeated Teams in the Tournament

MEN (2): Chicago (16-0-2), Messiah (17-0-3)

WOMEN (6): Trinity (Texas) (20-0-0), William Smith (18-0-0), Thomas More ( 21-0-1), Knox (19-0-1), Williams (15-0-2), Pacific Lutheran (16-0-4)

Most Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2016 participants only)

MEN (43 total championships): 39 - Ohio Wesleyan; 27 - Messiah; 26 - Rowan; 25 - Babson, Elizabethtown; 23 - Washington U.; 21 - St. Lawrence; 20 - Trinity (Tx.); 17 - Cortland State, Montclair State

WOMEN (31 total championships): 27 - William Smith; 25 - TCNJ; 22 - Trinity (Texas); 18 - Williams; 17 - Lynchburg, Messiah; 16 - Chicago, Denison, Hardin-Simmons, Scranton, Washington U.

Most Consecutive Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2016 participants only)

MEN: 15 - Trinity (Tx.)...

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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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