D3 Soccer Notebook: New England Squads Set To Compete In NCAA D3 Tournament

NS Soccer Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017 NCAA Division III soccer tournament is set to begin later this week with various New England squads, both men and women’s, set to compete for the national championship.

On Monday, November 6th, the NCAA unveiled both brackets and below are the New England teams that will be competing in this year’s tournament.


NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament 

* Mitchell vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1 p.m. at Tufts (winner of this match will play host Tufts University on Sunday, Nov. 12th)

* Western Connecticut State at Brandies University | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Bowdoin College vs. Rutgers-Newark (at Brandeis University) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:30 p.m.

* Castleton vs. Messiah (at Buffalo State) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Stevens Inst. vs. Middlebury College (at SUNY Cortland) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* WPI at SUNY Oneonta | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Rochester (at SUNY Oneonta) | Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Salem State at Amherst College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Endicott College vs. Springfield College (at Amherst College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.


NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament 

* Roger Williams at TCNJ | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Tufts vs. Virginia Wesleyan (at TCNJ) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Westfield State at Messiah | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11:30 a.m.

* Castleton at MIT | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Middlebury College vs. Western Connecticut State (at MIT) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Wilkes (at Johns Hopkins) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lesley at Williams College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Brandeis University vs. Stevens Inst. (at Williams College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lasell College at William Smith | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

Brandeis’ Mike Coven Announces Retirement After 44 Seasons With The Judges

Brandeis men's soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

Brandeis men’s soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It was announced yesterday that Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Mike Coven would be retiring from the sidelines, effectively Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Coven, who coached the Judges for 44 seasons, concludes his career ranked sixth all-time in Division III men’s soccer coaching with 526 wins.

His 526 victories rank him 10th among all NCAA soccer coaches regardless of division, according to the athletic department’s release.

Over the past 44 seasons, Coven guided the Judges to 14 NCAA Tournaments, including a quartet of final four appearances and one national championship in 1976. Additionally, Coven led Brandeis to four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships (1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011), while earning a trio of University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year Awards.

“Brandeis has been a special place for me,” Coven said in the athletic department’s release. “The support I’ve seen over the years – from the administrators, from alumni and from the student-body – has made this place into a real soccer school. I will miss it tremendously.”

This past season, Coven navigated the Judges to a 13-6-4 overall record, along with the program’s fourth appearance in the final four – their first since 1984. Brandeis edged last year’s champion, Amherst, in the round of 16 (won in PK’s) before defeating Rutgers-Newark the following day (4-2) en route to the national semifinals.

Brandeis’ run toward the program’s second national crown came up short against Calvin last Friday, December 2 as the Knights defeated the Judges, 1-0.

“We had fans out there: alumni, the student body, the vice president of the University, all sorts of administrators, and we had tremendous support,” Coven said following his team’s one-goal deficit in the national semifinals. “Vocal, and great. And it’s not just this year. I’ve been very fortunate to work at a school … where soccer has been a main priority.”

Mass. College Soccer: NCAA Div. III Tournament Pairings & Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA Division III men and women’s soccer tournament kicks-off this week as teams from around the country will contend for the national championship.

This afternoon, the men and women’s brackets were released and below is the first round pairings and schedules for the Massachusetts teams.

Men’s Soccer

Amherst College – The Jeffs earned a first round bye, but will compete on Sunday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of Morrisville State-Cabrini.

Brandeis vs. Thomas (Sat., Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. at Brandeis) – Brandeis will host a four-team pod and the winner of this match will compete against Rensselaer and Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday, November 15.

UMass Boston vs. Scranton (Sat., Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Univ.) – Winner will play against St. Lawrence or Sage on Sunday, Nov. 15.

MIT-Bridgewater St. (Sat., Nov. 14 at MIT) – Winner of Engineers-Bears will compete against Plattsburgh State or Bowdoin College on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Babson at Franklin & Marshall (Sat., Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. at Franklin & Marshall) – Winner will play Gordon-Canegie Mellon on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Gordon College vs. Carnegie Mellon (Sat. Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin & Marshall) – Winner will play Babson-Franklin & Marshall.

Tufts vs. Salisbury (Sat., Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair State) – The defending national champion Jumbos will take on Salisbury in the opening round with the winner facing Montclair State-Daniel Webster on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Women’s Soccer

Springfield College vs. Montclair State (Sat., Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Messiah College) – The Pride will look to continue their momentum against Montclair State in the opening round of the tournament. The winner of this match takes on Messiah-Staten Island on Sunday, November 15.

Lasell College at Rowan (Sat., Nov. 14 at 5:00 p.m. at Rowan) – Winner will compete against Babson-Lynchburg in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 15.   

Babson College vs. Lynchburg (Sat., Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Rowan) – Winner will compete against Lasell-Rowan in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Lesley University at Stevens (Sat., Nov. 14 at 5:00 p.m. at Stevens) – The Lynx captured their conference crown and will take on the 14th ranked women’s soccer team in the country with an opportunity to extend its season to the second round against the winner of Bowdoin-Johns Hopkins.

Williams College vs. Westfield State (Sat., Nov. 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Williams) – The Ephs will host a first and second round pod this weekend, beginning with a late morning match against the Owls. A win against the MASCAC champions would send Williams to a second round match on Sunday, Nov. 15 against the winner of St. Lawrence-TCNJ.

Amherst College vs. Colby-Sawyer (Sat., Nov. 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Amherst) – Winner will face Brandeis-West Conn. in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 15.  

Brandeis University vs. Western Conn. State University (Sat., Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Amherst) – Winner will face Amherst or Colby-Sawyer on Sunday, Nov. 15 in the second round.

D3 Notebook: MIT, Tufts, Williams Looks To Continue Their Postseason Success

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been a busy fall for numerous Massachusetts college teams, especially those that extended their campaigns beyond their regular season slates.

As of today, three local Division III squads remain in the hunt for some NCAA championship hardware and below is an update on where each squads stands.

Football: MIT’s football team – perhaps the story of the 2014 fall collegiate season? – won their first-ever postseason contest (in program history!) last weekend with a 27-20 overtime victory against Husson College (the winner of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference). The Engineers advanced to tomorrow’s second round game against Wesley College, kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. If the Engineers can squeak out a victory against the fourth-ranked Wolverines, they’ll extend their season into December and compete against the winner of Hobart-Johns Hopkins on Saturday, December 6.

Men’s Soccer: The Jumbos of Tufts University punched their ticket to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer semifinals with a 1-0 victory against Messiah. Prior to their quarterfinal win, the Powder Blue and White defeated Dickinson, Wheaton (Mass.) and Muhlenberg. The Jumbos have outscored all four of their opponents by a score of 9-0.

Tufts returns to action on Friday, December 5 when they compete against Ohio Wesleyan. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The game will take place at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. If the Jumbos prevail, they’d face the winner of Oneonta State-Wheaton (Ill.) on Saturday, December 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the finals.

According to NCAA.com, the Jumbos have never appeared or competed in a national championship match.

Women’s Soccer: The second NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) squad to extend their fall season into December is the Williams College women’s soccer team. The Ephs, who’ll face Johns Hopkins on Friday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m., secured a spot in the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament semifinals with four consecutive victories. Williams topped Lasell and Ithaca in the first and second rounds before claiming wins against Roger Williams and TCNJ in the third round and quarterfinals. Their last two wins against the Hawks and Lions were decided by one goal.

A win against the Blue Jays would pit Williams against Lynchburg or Illinois Wesleyan – the other two semifinalists. This year’s championship and semifinal matches will occur at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. The finals – scheduled for Saturday, December 6 – would occur at 6:30 p.m.

According to NCAA.com, the Ephs have never competed in a national championship match. However, Williams did host a finals match in 1999, but the game featured UC San Diego and Macalester.

NCAA Tournament: Field Hockey, Soccer & Volleyball Notebook

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of local teams competed this past weekend in various NCAA tournaments and below is a few notes from each bracket.

Field Hockey

* Both Boston College and Massachusetts saw their run toward a national championship conclude. UMass fell to Duke in the second round, 4-1, while UConn edged BC in the first round, 2-1.

The Huskies (UConn), who went onto defeat Michigan State in the second round, are the only New England squad in the Division 1 semifinals. They’ll take on North Carolina on Friday, November 22 with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship against Duke or Maryland.

* In Division 2, Merrimack earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating Stonehill, 4-3. With the win, the Warriors will face LIU Post, the Northeast-10 champions, in the semifinals on Friday. The winner will advance to Sunday’s championship match against either Millersville or Shippensburg.

* In Division 3, Wellesley College saw its run toward the semifinals end as Salisbury defeated the Blue, 4-1. Wellesley, which secured a spot in the second round, defeated Ursinus College on Saturday, 3-0.

Bowdoin College is the only New England school in the semifinals. The Polar Bears, who take on Christopher Newport University this weekend, earned a semifinal spot by defeating SUNY New Paltz and Montclair State. If Bowdoin wins on Friday, they’ll face the winner of Skidmore-Salisbury on Sunday.

Men’s Soccer

* No local Division 1 school earned a spot in this year’s tournament, but Connecticut, Quinnipiac and Providence will be representing New England. All three teams kickoff their quest for some hardware on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

* Similar to Division 1, no local Division 2 team earned a spot in this year’s tournament. However, Southern New Hampshire, a New England squad and member of the NE-10, won its second round contest against Wilmington (Del.), 3-0. Their quest toward Georgia continues on Friday when they take on LIU post for a chance to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* Finally, three Division 3 teams remain alive, as Amherst, Brandeis and Williams will continue their seasons this weekend. No times or locations have been announced for Brandeis-Williams or Amherst-St. Lawrence.

Women’s Soccer

* Four local squads earned spots in the Division 1 bracket, but only Boston College and Boston University remain. The Eagles defeated Northeastern University, 2-0, while the Terries beat Harvard University, 1-0. BU will return to the pitch on Friday when they take on Santa Clara, while BC will face Nebraska. The winners of each contest will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* American International College (AIC) will compete in the third round of the Division 2 tournament on Friday as they take on Saint Rose. The Yellow Jackets earn this particular matchup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bridgeport in the second round. A win would guarantee AIC a spot in the quarterfinals on Sunday against California (Pa.) or Slippery Rock.

* Williams is the only Massachusetts squad remaining in the Division 3 bracket as the Ephs secured a spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Lesley and Keene State. Williams will travel to Middlebury, Vermont for their match against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, November 23. A win would extend the Ephs season to the regional finals against the winner of Middlebury-Misericordia.

Volleyball

* UMass Boston will contend for a Division 3 championship this weekend as the Beacons celebrated their New England Region victory last night against Williams. The victory marks the third time in the past four years that the Beacons have won the regional title. Next up, UMass Boston travels to Holland, Michigan to face Calvin in the quarterfinals. A win would secure the Beacons a spot in the semifinals, which will be played on Friday against the winner of Eastern-Emory.