HADLEY, Mass. – Four NESCAC teams have earned a berth to the 2019 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship led by Tufts, which garnered the league's automatic bid after winning the program's second NESCAC title on Sunday. The field of 62 teams was unveiled on Monday. Match times, ticket information and live coverage for all games will be announced on institutional websites as information becomes available.
Tufts (15-1-2) will host NCAA Tournament Regional action for the third straight year. The Jumbos received their ninth berth into the tournament. Tufts is the defending NCAA champion and has won three of the last five Division III titles including 2014 and 2016. With this year's berth, Tufts has reached the NCAA Tournament in six consecutive years dating back to 2014. Prior to their current 2014-19 run, the Jumbos also were awarded berths in 1994, 1996 and 2012. The Jumbos will face SUNY Maritime, the Skyline Champion, (12-9-2) in the first round. WPI (12-3-4), a NEWMAC finalist and at-large selection, will meet Empire 8 Champion, Nazareth (14-2-3), in the other first-round game in Medford, Mass
Amherst (14-1-2) will travel to Keene State for the first and second rounds. The Mammoths will play NAC Champion, Thomas (10-8-1), in the first round. Ithaca (12-5-2), an at-large selection out of the Liberty League, plays host, Keene State (15-6-0), the Little East Champion. Amherst, which won the NCAA title in 2015, posted the program's fourth undefeated regular season since 1998 to secure the team's 19th overall appearance in the NCAA postseason since 1993 and 14th consecutive bid since 2006.
Connecticut College (10-3-3) will face host Catholic (18-2-1), the Landmark Conference Champion, in the first round in Washington, D.C. Johns Hopkins (16-2-1), the Centennial Conference Champion, meets John Jay (7-10-1), winner of the CUNYAC title, in the other half of the bracket. The Camels are in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season.
Middlebury (8-3-7), the NESCAC Runners-Up, advanced to the NESCAC Championship game as the No. 6 seed in the league tournament. The Panthers received an at-large berth and are making their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance, third in a row. Middlebury travels to RPI and will face GNAC Champion Johnson & Wales (14-2-2) (RI) in a first-round matchup. An at-large selection from the Liberty League, RPI (14-2-3), will host Eastern Nazarene (16-3-0), the NECC Champion, in the other half of the bracket.
Forty-two conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, as well as members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 21 berths were reserved for Pool C, which includes institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their conference championship and any remaining Pool B teams.
Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites Nov. 22 and 23 or 23 and 24. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the national semifinals, which take place Dec. 6 at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with UNC Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Commission serving as hosts. The national championship game will be played Dec. 7. The Division III women’s soccer national semifinals and championship games will also be held at UNCG Soccer Stadium Nov. 6 and Dec. 7.