Royals, Pacers make field hockey tourney
Two local collegiate field hockey teams are part of the NCAA Division III 24-team tournament field.
The University of Scranton hosts Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the first round Wednesday at Weiss Field at 3 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday’s second round against SUNY-Geneseo at 1 p.m. at The College of New Jersey.
Capturing their first Landmark Conference title in program history, the Royals (13-7) are making their second NCAA appearance. MIT (13-4) qualified by winning the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference title.
Marywood University is headed to the NCAAS for the first time after capturing the Atlantic East Conference title and securing a Pool B berth. The Pacers (16-3), winners of 14 straight, travel to Fdu-florham (17-4) on Wednesday at 2 p.m. for a first-round matchup with the winner advancing to face host Salisbury University in the second round Saturday at 11 a.m.
Fdu-florham is the MAC Freedom Conference champ.
For the fourth straight year and 18th time overall, the University of Scranton is bound for the NCAA Division III tournament. The Landmark Conference champion Royals (11-5-3) head to Ohio Northern University to play Centre College, Kentucky, in the first round Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Centre (21-0), eight-time champion of the Southern Atlantic Association, is the only unbeaten and untied team in Division III.
The winner advances to the second round Sunday against either Ohio Northern (17-2-2) and Grove City (12-6-2).
Two-time Colonial States Athletic Conference champion Keystone College will hit the road for the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Giants (13-4-1) head to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to face Capital Athletic Conference champion Mary Washington University (13-3-4) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner moves to Sunday’s second round at 1 p.m. against either Rowan College (11-5-3) or Salve Regina (14-4-3).
Marywood University will host the ECAC Division III Championships this weekend.
Seeded No. 2, the Pacers will face No. 1 NYU in the first quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Other quarterfinal games are scheduled for 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Semifinals are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with the final set for 5 p.m.
Other schools in the field include Mcdaniel College, Neumann University, Rutgers-newark, Baruch College, Ramapo College, Cedar Crest College, Grove City College, Penn State-altoona, Misericordia University and Brooklyn College.