2016 NCAA Regional Rankings

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the same regional and national committees which will make the at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments and the rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large selections. The rankings are released following the fourth last, third last, and second last weeks prior to the tournament selections being made. Therefore, by design, these rankings are a direct foreshadowing of the at-large selections providing a certain level of transparency to the at-large selection process. It is for this reason that these rankings are so important and meaningful.

All information about the regional rankings is found in the Division III Soccer Pre-Championship Manual. Much of what follows highlights, summarizes, or quotes the manual.

Ranking Committees

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the eight-member NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Committees which are each composed of the chairs of their respective regional advisory committees. The Regional Advisory Committees assist the national committee in evaluating teams.  These are the same national and regional committees which will make the Pool B and Pool C at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. The members of these committees can be found on pages 10-13 of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Release Dates

As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 13, 18 and 19), the rankings will be released on the following dates which correspond to the last three Wednesdays prior to the tournament selections being made and the Monday that the at-large selections and tournament fields are announced:

• Wednesday, October 19

• Wednesday, October 26

• Wednesday, November 2

• Monday, November 7

Like the NSCAA and D3Soccer.com rankings, they are based on results through the Sunday prior to their release.

Where to find the Rankings

The rankings are posted by the NCAA on their Division III men's and women's soccer webpages under "Rankings" where you must select the "Regional Rankings" option from the pull-down menu.  They are also conveniently available here on our site from the “Rankings” pull-down menu above or by clicking on the following links:

Men's Regional Rankings

Women's Regional Rankings

Size of the Rankings

The number of teams ranked differs from region to region and from men to women based on the number of eligible teams in each region. The top 15 percent of eligible teams (or a minimum of four) are ranked by the committees. As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 18-19), the number of teams to be ranked in 2016 is as follows:

Men's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—8

Mid-Atlantic Region—9

South Atlantic Region—8

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—6

North Region—6

West Region—5

 

Women's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—7

Mid-Atlantic Region—9

South Atlantic Region—9

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—6

North Region—8

West Region—6

The only changes from last year are that one more men's team will be ranked in the East and Mid-Atlantic regions, and one less men's team will be ranked in the North region. The regional alignments, school sponsorship, and eligibility by region can be found in Appendices B and C (“Men's Sponsorship” and "Women's Sponsorship, respectively) of the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 28-43).

Ranking Criteria

The rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large tournament selections. The at-large selection criteria are found in Section 2.4 of the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 21-22). The criteria is divided between primary and secondary criteria, the latter only being considered if the former does not enable a distinction to be made between schools. The criteria underwent a significant change prior to the 2013 season when the in-region/out-of-region distinction was abandoned. Previously only games versus "in-region" opponents were consider as part of the primary criteria with secondary criteria considering out-of-region and non-Division III competition.  Now, primary criteria considers all Division III opponents while results versus non-Division III opponents (NAIA, NCCAA, Division II, Division I) are considered secondary criteria.

Primary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Win-loss percentage against Division III opponents
  • Division III head-to-head competition
  • Results versus common Division III opponents
  • Results versus ranked Division III teams at the time of selection
  • Division III strength of schedule

Secondary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Non-Division III win-lost percentage
  • Results versus common non-Division III opponents
  • Non-Division III strength-of-schedule

Regular season and conference postseason matches are considered.  See the sections that follow for an explanation/clarification of the results versus ranked teams and strength of schedule.

Results versus Ranked Teams

Prior to 2013, a team's results versus ranked teams (one of the primary criteria) was based upon the official clarification in the Manual that "once a team is ranked  . . ., it is always considered ranked."  That was changed starting in 2013 with ranked teams being defined as those teams ranked "at the time of selection" (Pre-Championship Manual, pg. 22), in other words, only the teams ranked the previous week.

Obviously, for the first weekly regional rankings of the season, there is no previous ranking and thus there are no results versus ranked teams.  Consequently, the regional data sheets (see section further down) for the first weekly rankings do not include teams' records verus ranked opponents, but starting with the second weekly rankings this criteria is in play and is among the criteria listed in the regional data sheets.

"Results versus ranked teams" criteria spelled out

For the . . . first weekly rankings:

second weekly rankings:

third weekly ranking:

final rankings:

 

N/A (no previous rankings)

results versus teams ranked in the first weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the second weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the third weekly rankings

Strength of Schedule

The Strength of Schedule (SOS) used by the Division III soccer committees is based on Opponents' Average Winning Percentage (OWP) and Opponents' Opponents' Average Winning Percentage (OOWP) with home and away multipliers being applied for men’s soccer (since 2011) and women's soccer (starting this year). A multiplier of 0.85 is applied for home games and 1.25 for away games. Neutral site games are unfactored. An explanation with an example of these calculations is found in Appendix D (pgs. 44-45) of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Opponents' Winning Percentage (OWP):

The winning percentage of opponents' cumulative
win-loss-tie record versus Division III competition
excluding the results against the team in question.

Opponents' Opponents' Winning Percentage (OOWP):

The winning percentage of the cumulative win-loss-tie
record of all opponents' opponents.

Strength of Schedule (SOS):

Composed of OWP and OOWP weighted as follows:
2/3 OWP + 1/3 OOWP

Note: This is a change from previous seasons when OWP was the average of each opponent's winning percentage and OOWP was the average of the OWP's of all opponents. It is not clear how the 0.85 home and 1.25 away multipliers are applied now that opponents' individual winning percentages are no longer part of the calculation.

Note: There is a 40% difference between the home and away multipliers, meaning an away game is worth nearly 50% more than a home game (1.25/0.85 = 1.47). Therefore, travelling to a team with a .550 winning percentage is worth more to a team's SOS than playing a home game against a team with a .800 winning percentage.

Regional Data Sheets

Along with the rankings, data sheets for each region are made available.  These data sheets, which include all teams in each region, provide some (but not all) of the data that was considered by the ranking committee.  The following data is listed: record and winning percentage against Division III opponents, results versus ranked Division III opponents, Division III SOS (all primary criteria), and non-Division III winning percentage (secondary criteria).  These sheets allow for a look at the numbers the committees had in front of them and therefore insight into why some teams are ranked and others not. The NCAA provides links to this data below the rankings. Direct links to the latest released data sheets are given below:

Men's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

 

Women's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

The data sheets can also be accessed by clicking the links on our regional rankings pages.

Definition of In-Region Competition

Starting with the 2013 season, the in-region/out-of-region distinction no longer matters for ranking and at-large selection criteria. However, the NCAA has not removed all encouragement to minimize travel and missed class time as teams are still required to play a minimum of 70 percent of their games against in-region Division III opponents to simply be eligible for at-large tournament selection. So the distinction could still be important for teams that like to fill their non-conference schedule with a good number of opponents from outside their region. But given how broadly in-region competition is defined on page 21 of the Pre-Championship Manual to include much more than just other teams from your defined region (e.g. New England, East, Mid-Atlantic, etc.), this requirement isn't difficult to meet.

An opponent is considered in-region if any one of the following criteria is met:

  • within the same defined region
  • within a 500-mile driving radius
  • within the same membership geographical region defined as follows:

Region 1- Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region 2 - New York, Pennsylvania

Region 3- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Region 4- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

  • within the same conference (in a conference scheduled match)
    (note: though not specified in the manual, in practice all matches of multi-region conferences have been counted as in-region)

 

Published Final Rankings

As part of the at-large tournament selection process, the committees do final rankings that include the results from the final week prior to the tournament, usually the completion of conference tournaments. After five years in which they were not released, these final rankings will once again be published following the announcement of the tournament fields, which will go a long way to answering many questions about why certain teams were at-large selections and others not.  

Monday, Oct. 16: All times Eastern
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Final
John Jay 2, at New Jersey City 1
Box Score
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3:00 PM
Carleton at St. Scholastica
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Final
at Penn State-Abington 1, Penn State-Berks 0
Box Score
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4:45 PM
Centre at Campbellsville
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Final
William Paterson 5, at Baruch 2
Box Score
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Final
Rowan 6, at Brooklyn 0
Box Score
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Final
at Emory and Henry 3, Hiwassee 0
Box Score
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Cancelled
Villa Maria at Alfred State
Live stats
M:
7:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
M:
7:00 PM
Rutgers-Camden at Swarthmore
Video
M:
2nd half - 23:07
2 Mass-Boston
0 Emmanuel
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1st half - 23:46
0 Martin Luther
2 Augsburg
Live stats Live stats
M:
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at William Penn
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10:00 PM
Ottawa (Ariz.) at La Verne
Live stats
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Final
Suffolk 6, at Pine Manor 1
Box Score
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Cancelled
Anna Maria at Newbury
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Final
at Concordia-Chicago 1, Wisconsin Lutheran 0
Video Box Score Recap
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4:30 PM
Macalester at St. Scholastica
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Final
at St. Catherine 1, UW-River Falls 0
Box Score
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6:00 PM
Centre at Asbury
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6:30 PM
Medgar Evers at CCNY
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7:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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30:00 2nd Half
0 Lasell
1 Roger Williams
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7:00 PM
Brooklyn at William Paterson
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2nd half - 30:46
0 North Park
2 Illinois Tech
Video Live stats
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Postponed
UW-Whitewater at Edgewood
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1st half - 27:01
0 Rockford
3 Marian
Live stats Video
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8:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Wheaton (Ill.)
W:
10:00 PM
Caltech at Cal Lutheran
Live stats
Tuesday, Oct. 17: All times Eastern
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2:00 PM
Principia at MacMurray
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2:30 PM
Geneva at Thomas More
Video Live stats
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2:30 PM
Colby at Bowdoin
Live stats
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3:00 PM
Delaware Valley at DeSales
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3:00 PM
Suffolk at Lasell
Live stats
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3:00 PM
Scranton at Elmira
Video Live stats
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3:00 PM
Lyndon State at Plymouth State
Live stats
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3:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Maine-Farmington
Live stats
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3:00 PM
Newbury at Pine Manor
Live stats
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3:30 PM
Messiah at Lycoming
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3:30 PM
Farmingdale State at Mount St. Vincent
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4:00 PM
Lancaster Bible at Gallaudet
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Neumann at Centenary (N.J.)
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4:00 PM
Cortland State at Hobart
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4:00 PM
Marywood at Keystone
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4:00 PM
SUNY-Cobleskill at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
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4:00 PM
Denison at Wabash
Video
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4:00 PM
Wheelock at Dean
Video Live stats
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4:15 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Martin Luther
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4:15 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at UW-Superior
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4:15 PM
North Central (Minn.) at Northland
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4:30 PM
Cazenovia at Wells
Live stats
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5:00 PM
Rivier at Regis (Mass.)
Live stats
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5:00 PM
Covenant at Huntingdon
Live stats
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6:00 PM
Greensboro at Ferrum
Video
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6:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at SUNY-Purchase
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6:00 PM
Medgar Evers at Lehman
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6:00 PM
Framingham State at Emerson
Video Live stats
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6:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Dakota Wesleyan
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6:30 PM
Johnson State at Castleton
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Hope at Olivet
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Wesleyan at Wheaton (Mass.)
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Montclair State at Alfred
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7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Stevenson
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Kenyon at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Muskingum at Mount Union
Video Recap Live stats
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7:00 PM
Trine at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Massachusetts Maritime
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Eastern Connecticut at Trinity (Conn.)
Live stats
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7:00 PM
John Carroll at Otterbein
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7:00 PM
Marietta at Capital
M:
7:00 PM
Albright at Alvernia
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7:00 PM
Wilmington at Ohio Northern
Audio
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Piedmont
Video Live stats
M:
7:00 PM
Alma at Calvin
Video Live stats Audio
M:
7:00 PM
Southern Vermont at Elms
Video Live stats
M:
7:00 PM
Adrian at Albion
Live stats
M:
7:00 PM
Eastern at King's
Live stats
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7:00 PM
Widener at Arcadia
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7:00 PM
Allegheny at Oberlin
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Heidelberg at Baldwin Wallace
Video Live stats
M:
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Misericordia
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7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Manhattanville
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7:30 PM
Wooster at Hiram
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7:30 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Video Live stats
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7:30 PM
Stevens at Rutgers-Newark
M:
7:30 PM
Grove City at Thiel
M:
7:30 PM
Wilson at Juniata
Video Box Score Live stats
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8:00 PM
St. Joseph's (Bklyn.) at Yeshiva
Live stats
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8:00 PM
Becker at Lesley
Video
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8:00 PM
University of the Ozarks at Hendrix
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8:00 PM
Millikin at Illinois Wesleyan
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8:15 PM
Bethany Lutheran at Crown
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8:30 PM
Loras at Wartburg
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12:30 PM
Maine Maritime at Maine-Farmington
Live stats
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2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at UW-Superior
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2:00 PM
North Central (Minn.) at Northland
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2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Martin Luther
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3:00 PM
Roger Williams at Western New England
Video Live stats
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Cancelled
Lyndon State at St. Joseph (Vt.)
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3:00 PM
Lesley at Tufts
Video Live stats
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3:30 PM
MIT at Babson
Live stats
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3:30 PM
Mount St. Mary at SUNY-Old Westbury
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3:30 PM
Notre Dame (Md.) at Cairn
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4:00 PM
Hampshire at Green Mountain
W:
4:00 PM
Penn State-Berks at Penn State-Abington
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4:00 PM
Johnson State at Castleton
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Rosemont at Immaculata
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4:00 PM
Hood at Goucher
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Mass-Boston at Framingham State
Video Live stats
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4:00 PM
Wheelock at Dean
Video Live stats
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4:00 PM
Eastern Mennonite at Hollins
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Shenandoah at Washington and Lee
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Springfield at Smith
Video Live stats
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4:00 PM
WPI at Wheaton (Mass.)
Live stats
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4:00 PM
Denison at Grove City
Video Live stats
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4:00 PM
Clarks Summit at Neumann
W:
4:30 PM
Geneva at Thomas More
Video Live stats
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5:00 PM
Wilson at Juniata
Video Live stats
W:
5:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Rockford
Live stats
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6:00 PM
North Carolina Wesleyan at Meredith
Video Recap Live stats
W:
6:00 PM
Oneonta State at SUNY Poly
W:
6:00 PM
Lancaster Bible at Gallaudet
Live stats
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6:00 PM
Massachusetts College at Albany Pharmacy
W:
6:00 PM
SUNY-Cobleskill at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
W:
6:00 PM
University of the Ozarks at Hendrix
W:
6:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran at Crown
W:
6:00 PM
Loras at Wartburg
W:
6:00 PM
Sierra Nevada at Mills
Live stats
W:
7:00 PM
Marywood at Gwynedd-Mercy
W:
7:00 PM
Sarah Lawrence at York (N.Y.)
W:
7:00 PM
Cazenovia at Wells
Live stats
W:
7:00 PM
Mount St. Vincent at St. Joseph's (L.I.)
Video Live stats
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7:00 PM
Centenary (N.J.) at Stockton
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7:00 PM
Emerson at Coast Guard
Video Live stats
W:
7:00 PM
Washington College at Cabrini
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7:00 PM
Wellesley at Clark
Live stats
W:
7:00 PM
Southern Vermont at Becker
Live stats
W:
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Nichols
W:
7:00 PM
Newbury at Mount Ida
W:
7:30 PM
Rivier at Regis (Mass.)
Live stats
W:
8:00 PM
Yeshiva at St. Joseph's (Bklyn.)
Video Live stats
W:
8:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at SUNY-Purchase
W:
8:00 PM
Waynesburg at Chatham
W:
8:00 PM
Aurora at Benedictine
W:
8:00 PM
William Penn at Simpson
Live stats
W:
8:00 PM
UW-Stout at Saint Mary's (Minn.)
Video Live stats
Monday, Oct. 16: All times Eastern
M:
Final
Rowan 6, at Brooklyn 0
Box Score
Monday, Oct. 16: All times Eastern
W:
8:30 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Wheaton (Ill.)