Six Landmark Teams Earn Bids to NCAA Championships

Six Landmark Teams Earn Bids to NCAA Championships

TOWSON, Md. – Six fall Landmark teams earned bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament Monday afternoon. Elizabethtown field hockey and men’s soccer, Scranton men’s and women’s soccer, and Juniata and Susquehanna volleyball are the six teams to represent the conference.

Field Hockey | Bracket
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its 24-team NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship field late Sunday evening. Elizabethtown, champion of the Landmark Conference, will host North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) champion Kenyon College, in a first round game Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Wolf Field.

The Blue Jays (14-4) are one of 16 teams competing in eight first-round games on campus sites Wednesday. The eight first-round winners, along with the eight teams that received a first-round bye, will compete at four campus sites during second/third-round play, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.

Elizabethtown will appear in its 10th NCAA tournament all-time and first since 2006. In their last trip to the national tournament, the Blue Jays defeated Lynchburg, 1-0, on Wolf Field in an opening round game before falling to The College of New Jersey, 5-0 in the second round.

Kenyon locked up its spot in the NCAA tournament with Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against DePauw University in the NCAC tournament final. The Ladies' last NCAA appearance came in 2014.

Men’s Soccer | Bracket
The University of Scranton men's soccer team will take part in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season, as the Royals will travel to SUNY-Cortland this weekend for a First Round match-up with Penn State Behrend. The First Round contest will be played on Saturday.

Scranton, 14-3-1 overall and champions of the Landmark Conference, come into the NCAA Tournament on a tear, riding an eight-match unbeaten streak into their First Round contest. The Royals clinched their second straight Landmark title on Saturday night, besting fellow NCAA Tournament participant, Elizabethtown, 1-0, on the road.

Penn State Behrend, 17-1-3 overall, also earned an automatic bid to the tournament field after winning the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title on Saturday over Medaille, 4-0. The Lions also enter the NCAA Tournament on a roll, as they dropped their lone match of the season to Grove City on Sept. 6. In all, Penn State Behrend enters tournament play on a 16-match unbeaten streak and an eight match winning streak, as well.

Elizabethtown's long-awaited invitation finally arrived Monday afternoon. The Blue Jays were one of 20 teams to receive an at-large berth to the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship and will travel to Rutgers-Newark, Saturday, to face Vassar at 7:30 p.m.

Head coach Skip Roderick will lead the Blue Jays (13-3-2) into the national tournament for the first time since 2006 and 18th time in his 34-year coaching career. Elizabethtown won the 1989 national championship and reached the quarterfinals four other times between 1987-92. This will be the program's 25th NCAA tournament appearance all-time. E-town completed its second consecutive unbeaten season in the Landmark Conference, going 5-0-2 in regular season play against league opponents. The Blue Jays defeated Susquehanna, 3-1, Nov. 2, in the conference semifinals, before dropping a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Scranton in the championship game this past Saturday.

Women’s Soccer | Bracket
Scranton will travel to Westminster, Md. and take on Connecticut College in an NCAA Tournament first-round match on Saturday at McDaniel College. McDaniel will host Farmingdale State in the other first-round game on Saturday. The winners of Saturday's matchups will square off in a second-round match on Sunday at McDaniel. Game times will be announced on Tuesday.

The Royals (17-1-1) enter the NCAA Tournament after winning their fifth Landmark Conference title and 21st conference title overall with a 2-0 win over Moravian in the championship match on Saturday. It was the team's 15th straight win and 14th shutout of the season.

Scranton is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2013. The Royals have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times in nine seasons under head coach Colleen Pivorotto. Sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk is the team's leading scorer with 13 goals. She scored in both the semifinal and championship games of the Landmark Conference playoffs.

Connecticut College earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing 10-5-1 overall and falling in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Association to Amherst, 6-1. The Camels are led by sophomore forward Alex Baltazar, who has nine goals and four assists for 22 points.

Volleyball | Bracket
The NCAA selection committee released the 64-team field for the upcoming Division III women's volleyball national championship tournament on Monday. Juniata will travel to the campus of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. for the regionals this Thursday through Saturday Nov. 11-13. The Eagles secured their spot with a 3-0 win over Susquehanna in the Landmark Championship on Saturday night and will be making their 36th NCAA Tournament appearance.

JC will face Meredith College of the USA South Conference. The Avenging Angels earned the program's first ever conference championship with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Averett on Saturday.

The Susquehanna volleyball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and the River Hawks will take on Clarkson in the first round on Friday, November 11. SUNY Brockport will serve as the host institution for the first through third rounds.

This is the first time in program history that SU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

SU defeated Clarkson 3-0 at the Emory Tournament earlier this season. The Golden Knights are 21-14 overall this season.