NCAA a no-show on selection show
|Fans wait for the women's soccer selection show to start at one Division III school.|
Two separate memos promised a Division III women's soccer selection show, but through Sunday night and into Monday morning, NCAA.com didn't even recognize that there would be an announcement.
In the end, there wasn't a show, just a release.
The treatment was only slightly better for field hockey, which had a show actually on the schedule with a link, but was then pushed back from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. ET, and finally called off entirely.
Monday was one of the first big days of selections at all levels of the NCAA after what appears to be an offseason changeover to a new video system.
Defending national champion Messiah doesn't host due to the Messiah men hosting as a result of a pre-arranged rotation, but more surprising, doesn't get the first-round bye, which goes to Cal Lutheran for geographic reasons. But the Falcons do play Manhattanville in the first round, which qualified for the field at 4-13-3 after winning the MAC Freedom's automatic bid. Cal Lutheran (18-2-1) awaits the winner of Redlands and Chapman, who play the bracket's sole Thursday first-round game.
Chapman is the only Pool B team in the field. The Pool C (at-large) berths went as follows: Allegheny, Augustana, Brandeis, Cal Lutheran, Carleton, Dickinson, Eastern Connecticut State, Emory, Hamilton, Ithaca, Macalester, Plattsburgh State, Rochester, Rowan, Virginia Wesleyan, Wartburg, Washington U., Wheaton (Ill.), Wheaton (Mass.) and William Paterson.
That means five UAA teams made the field of 63, followed by three from the MIAC.