MADISON, N.J. - With Landmark postseason play beginning to determine the conference's first automatic qualifiers, a handful of conference teams remained in good position in the NCAA Regional Rankings released Wednesday. These are the final regional rankings that will be released before the NCAA Division III Tournament fields will be released Sunday Nov. 8 and Monday Nov. 9.
The Landmark once again had teams ranked in each of the fall sports, with two teams holding spots in the men's soccer rankings. Juniata continued to hold spots in the volleyball and field hockey rankings. USMMA and Catholic represent the conference in the men's soccer rankings, and Scranton is the lone women's soccer representative. All records mentioned below are at the time of the ranking releases.
The Juniata volleyball team maintained its position atop the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings with 28-3 record overall and a perfect record in the region. The Eagles, who are currently ranked second in the AVCA Division III Top-25 are the top seed for the Landmark postseason, and have a bye to the semifinal round where they will face the winner of the quartfinal between Catholic and USMMA.
The Juniata field hockey team is also the top seed for the Landmark postseason and currently sits in sixth place in the South Atlantic Region Rankings. The Eagles have gone 14-3 in the region this season, and are 15-3 overall and are ranked 18th in the most recent NFHCA Division III Poll. Juniata will begin defense of its Landmark Championship on Wednesday when it hosts fourth-seed Drew.
The two men's soccer teams positioned in the Mid-Atlantic Region Rankings will actually square off in the Landmark men's soccer postseason on Wednesday. USMMA is the number-two seed in the postseason and is third in the Mid-Atlantic Region with its 15-2 record. Catholic is seventh in the regional rankings after finishing the regular season with a 14-3-1 record, and two of the losses came to regionally-ranked teams. Catholic will play at USMMA on Wednesday night in a Landmark semifinal.
Scranton holds the sixth position in the Mid-Atlantic Women's Soccer Regional Rankings after closing the year with a 13-3-2 mark. However two of those losses came in Landmark play as the Royals are the fourth seed for the conference postseason and have to play at top seed Catholic on Wednesday.
The Landmark Championships will take place on Saturday Nov. 7 at the sites of the highest remaining seeds. After a two-year probationary period as a new conference, Landmark postseason champions will earn NCAA automatic bids this season, while other Landmark teams will have to earn postseason participation as Pool-C At-Large bids.