November 10, 2017

2017 Tournament Field Factoids

By Christan Shirk

As we await the start of the 2017 NCAA Division III men's and women's championship tournament, let's take a look at the tournament field.

Who's Back from Last Year's (2016) Tournament

MEN: 32 of last year's 62 participants (thirteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

WOMEN: 42 of last year's 64 participants (fourteen Sweet 16 teams, seven Elite 8 teams, all Final Four teams)

First Ever Tournament Appearance

MEN (5): Endicott, Mitchell, Penn State-Abington, Willamette, UW-Superior (all by AQ berth)

WOMEN (5): Franklin, St. Catherine, Dominican (by AQ berth) and Mary Hardin-Baylor, Susquehanna (by Pool C at-large berth)

D3Soccer.com Top 25 Ranked Teams not participating

MEN (1): #25 Christopher Newport (14-3-1)

WOMEN (0): --

Undefeated Teams in the Tournament

MEN (3): Calvin (19-0-1), Drew (19-0-1), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (18-0-1)

WOMEN (4): Hardin-Simmons (19-0-0), TCNJ (18-0-0), Christopher Newport (18-0-1), Dominican (17-0-4) [undefeated Piedmont (16-0-4), is not in the tournament]

Most Tournament Appearances, incl. this year (2017 participants only)

MEN (44 total championships): 40 - Ohio Wesleyan; 28 - Messiah; 27 - Rowan; 21 - Trinity (Tx.); 18 - Cortland State; 17 - Rochester; 16 - Amherst, Calvin, Emory; 15 - Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Salem State, Stevens

WOMEN (32 total championships): 28 - William Smith; 26 - TCNJ; 23 - Trinity (Texas); 20 - Wheaton (Ill.); 19 - Williams; 18 - Lynchburg, Messiah; 17 - Chicago, Hardin-Simmons, Scranton, Washington U.

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CHRISTAN SHIRK

Christan Shirk

 

Christan Shirk is a Messiah College graduate (1993, Civil Engineering) and has been a keen and passionate observer of D-III soccer for over a decade and a half. Never more than a rec-league player himself, Chris brings an analytical approach and nationwide perspective to D3soccer.com. He loves D-III soccer history, statistical number-crunching, and off-the-radar action, all of which he gladly shares with his readers when he's able to find time to write. [see full bio]

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