WARRIORS RECEIVE THIRD STRAIGHT AT-LARGE BID TO BIG DANCE
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The seventh-ranked Merrimack College field hockey team is back in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship for the third straight season, as the Warriors earned an at-large selection to the Big Dance and will compete for a national championship beginning Saturday (Nov. 16), as announced by the NCAA DII Field Hockey Committee Monday.
The Warriors, who finished the regular season with a 13-5 overall record and advanced to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinals, will travel to Easton, Mass., to face a familiar opponent in fifth-ranked Stonehill College, who defeated Merrimack, 3-2, in the NE-10 Semifinals last Friday. Saturday's First Round competition – slated to begin at 12 p.m. – will mark Merrimack's third straight game against the Skyhawks. The Warriors defeated Stonehill, 1-0, in their regular-season finale before last week's loss. Stonehill also handed Merrimack a 3-1 setback at home back on Sept. 17.
LIU-Post and Shippensburg (Pa.) both earned first-round byes in the six-team field. The winner of Saturday's Merrimack-Stonehill matchup will advance to face the unbeaten Pioneers (20-0) in the NCAA Final Four on Nov. 22.
In the South Region, Millersville (Pa.) will play host to West Chester in the first-round contest, also on Nov. 16. The winner will advance to play Shippensburg in the National Semifinals on Nov. 22, as well.
NCAA Semifinals will be played at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22, with the championship final being held at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Semifinals will be played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex and National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., and finals will be played at L.R. Hill Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
1. LIU Post (20-0 overall, 20-0 in region)
2. Stonehill (18-3, 18-3)
3. Merrimack (13-5, 13-5)
1. Shippensburg (18-1 overall, 18-1 region)
2. Millersville (18-2, 18-2)
3. West Chester (14-5, 13-5)