The Division II playoffs got underway this Saturday at multiple fields across the NCLL landscape. Several championship games remain to be played today to determine who heads to Annapolis, MD next weekend.
Here’s the breakdown of what transpired on Saturday in each conference tournament.
Catholic University captured their 2nd Chesapeake D2 Title in 3 years by defeating the host Retrievers of UMBC, 8-6. UMBC, the top D2 seed in the conference received a bye in round one, while the Cardinals faced George Mason University. Catholic topped the Patriots 9-4.
Keystone (Central PA) Conference
Kutztown University played host to the Central PA division of the Keystone Conference tournament on Saturday which includes Bloomsburg (5-2) , Shippensburg (4-4) and Millersville (7-4). The host Golden Bears (ranked 3rd in the latest NCLL D2 poll) dispatched Millersville 17-4, while the battle of the “Bergs” was won by Bloomsburg, as the Huskies defeated the Raiders, 10-5. In the finals, Kutztown triumphed over Bloomsburg 11-3 and will now face the winner of the Three Rivers division on Sunday afternoon.
Keystone (Three Rivers) Conference
The 12th ranked Crimson Hawks of Indiana U. of PA (12-1) welcomed Duquesne and Edinboro to their campus for the Three Rivers divisional playoff late Saturday evening. The Hawks received a first round bye, while Edinboro and Duquesne were set to slug it out at 6PM. But Edinboro was forced to drop out early on Saturday leaving the Dukes to face the Hawks at 7. Duquesne (8-4) gave IUP all they could handle before succumbing to the Hawks late and falling 9-7.
IUP will face Kuztwon for the Keystone Championship and a trip to Annapolis on Sunday.
Blue Ridge & Tidewater Conference
The host Keydets from VMI (ranked 4th, 15-3) jumped all over a short handed Virginia Commonwealth squad and cruised to a 13-2 win in round one. The second game of the afternoon was an all out slugfest as Lynchburg (7-2) and CNU (6-3) took a 10-10 tie late into the 4th quarter before Lynchburg netted 2 goals to defeat the upset-minded Club Captains, 12-10.
The round robin game with CNU must have taken its toll on Lynchburg, as the Keydets from VMI rolled over them in the finals, 12-2. VMI returns to the finals netx weekend in Annapolis, MD
The defending DII National Champion West Chester Golden Rams (#1 ranked, 13-4) hosted the Liberty Conference finals in West Chester, PA. The Rams opened the day with a strong 11-4 victory over the Williamson Mechanics. It took multiple extra quarters to settle the second match of the day, between Rowan (10-5)and St Joseph’s (5-4). Rowan Freshman, Josh Nastarowicz netted the game winner for the Profs in the 4th overtime.
In the finals, West Chester proved too much for the Profs, taking the Liberty conference finals by the score of 11-5. Jerry Riccardo netted 5 goals for West Chester while goalie Chris Schoener made 7 saves. West Chester’s hopes remain alive as they head to Annapolis next weekend.
The remaining conference tournaments (Midwest, Empire, NY Metro and New England) will take place today, Sunday 4/29. We’ll have all the recap info and final tournament seedings later this week.
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