This release is courtesy of the NCAA and Springfield College Sports Information.
Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Committee announced the field of 62 teams for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship, with automatic qualifications from forty-two conferences and 20 at-large berths.
For the third-straight year, the Springfield College men's soccer team will compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament, as the Pride earned an automatic qualification after winning the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, and will travel to Connecticut College on Saturday, November 10, where it will take on Ramapo College.
The Pride, which is currently 14-4-1 under first-year head coach Tommy Crabill, used a late goal from senior forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) in the 88th minute to lift the maroon and white past top-seeded Babson, 1-0, in the NEWMAC Championship this past Saturday. For his efforts, Schneider was named the Touranment's Most Outstanding Player for the second time in his career.
This will be the third-consecutive season that Springfield College competes on the national stage, as the Pride earned an automatic qualification in 2016 after defeating Wheaton, 3-1, to claim the 2016 NEWMAC Championship, before earning the team's first at-large bid in Division III program history in 2017. Last season, Springfield College defeated Endicott, 1-0, in the Opening Round contest to earn the program's first-ever victory in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Ramapo, which is 15-3-2 on the year, earned one of 19 at-large bids into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after falling to Montclair State, 5-0, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship, which was played on Friday, November 2. Ramapo, which was receiving votes in the last d3soccer.com National Rankings, is led by junior forward Joseph Fala (Cape May Court House, N.J.), who has 56 points on the season including 25 goals and six assists.
The winner of the Springfield College and Ramapo contest will take on the victor between Connecticut College and Thomas (Maine), as the Camels, which was ranked No. 24 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III Rankings and No. 17 in the last d3soccer.com National Rankings, boasts an overall record of 12-2-2 and also earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament after falling to Hamilton in the Quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament last weekend.
Thomas (Maine), which is 14-4-1 on the year, recently won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship after defeating SUNY Canton, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. This marked the fifth NAC title for the Terriors, as they used a goal from Michael Sanzari in the 67th minute to help Thomas to victory.