HADLEY, Mass. - Eight NESCAC teams continue to compete in several NCAA Tournaments and 93 athletes are headed to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in two weeks.
Trinity will represent the NESCAC in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Bantams earned the conference's automatic bid after defeating Amherst for the NESCAC title on Sunday.
Trinity (19-3-5) will host the University of New England (20-6-2) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The Bantams earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning the NESCAC title and are making their seventh appearance overall. Trinity won the NCAA title in 2015 and was the national runner-up in 2017. UNE is in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and second time overall after claiming its first Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a victory over top-seeded Salve Regina.
The winner of the Trinty/UNE game will face Norwich in the quarterfinal round on March 16. Semifinals are set for March 22 and the championship game will be played on March 23 at a site to be determined.
Williams will represent the NESCAC in the upcoming NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Ephs are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 and third time overall.
Williams (20-4-3) will host Norwich (21-5-4) at Lansing Chapman Rink at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, marking the first time in program history the Ephs will host an NCAA Tournament game. Williams earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning its second NESCAC title. Norwich, the defending national champion, won the New England Hockey Conference title for the third straight year and ninth time overall. The Cadets are making their 10th NCAA appearance.
The Williams/Norwich winner will face the winner of the Plattsburgh State/Endicott game in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 9. The semifinals and championship game are scheduled for March 15 and 16 at a site to be determined.
A total of 93 swimmers and divers from NESCAC schools have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving Championships which will be March 20-23 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
NESCAC Runner-Up Tufts leads the men's teams with 13 swimmers, while Amherst will send 10 athletes. Seven swimmers from Williams and five athletes from Bowdoin will also participate.
NESCAC Champion Williams will be the most represented team in the conference at the women's championship with 14 swimmers. Amherst and Tufts will send 10 swimmers to the championship, while nine Bates athletes will make the trip along with swimmers from Wesleyan (6), Connecticut College (5), and Bowdoin (4).