The remaining Division II Conference Tournaments wrapped up this past Sunday, finalizing the list of DII teams that advance to the Elite 8 round in Annapolis, MD next week. Here’s a quick recap of how the final 4 teams to join the DII playoff fray advanced.
After defeating a tough Duquesne squad 9-7, the Crimson Hawks from IUP (12-2) took on the Kutztown Golden Bears (13-3) for Keystone Conference supremacy. IUP was riding a 12 game winning streak, including a thrilling 7-6 OT win over Kent State. However, the Golden Bears showed why they are the reigning Keystone Champions 2 years running and downed the Hawks 10-5 to move on to the Elite 8 in Annapolis.
RIT out of upstate New York played host to this year’s Empire Conference finals. The Host Tigers finished the regular season 9-1, falling only to Cornell last week in OT, 9-8. In game one of the tourney, the Tigers handed Oswego a sizable 18-3 defeat and awaited the winner of Ithica (6-3) and Genoseo (3-2). That game went into OT tied at 10 until Riley “DoughBoy” Pillsbury netted the game winner for Ithaca to give the Bombers the 11-10 win.
Unfortunately for the Bombers, RIT ‘s offense proved too much as they downed Ithaca 17-6 to advance to the Elite 8 this weekend. This was the 7th time in 10 contests this season that the RIT offense has netted at least 12 goals.
Midwest South Conference
The Kentucky Wildcats played host to the Midwest South Conference finals this year, which included the Louisville Cardinals and the UAB Blazers. The Cardinals and Wildcats have dominated this conference all season, both amassing 10 wins. UAB, a member of the Deep South Conference, came into this weekend at 5-0 and was anxious to see how they matched up against the top talent in the Midwest South Conference. Louisville was more than happy to oblige, handing the Blazers a solid 17-3 defeat.
The finals between Kentucky and Louisville proved to be as exciting as everyone had anticipated, with regulation solving nothing, ending in a 10 -10 tie. However, just 11 seconds into OT, Kentucky’s Ryan Kendall found former All-Flow Member Pat McKay for the game winner and a trip to the State capital of Maryland for the Wildcats.
NY Metro/New England
Providence Rhode Island was the site of the 2018 NY Metro/NE Conference tournament. The host Friars have definitely been the pride of the New England conference this year, wracking up an 8-0 record while netting over 14 goals in 3 games. The same could be said for Stevens College in the NY Metro crowd. The Ducks recorded 10 wins this season with only 2 losses, one via forfeit and the other to a DI opponent.
In the early game, the host Friars handed Quinnipiac a 9-4 loss, while Stevens topped UMass Amherst 6-3. In the finals, Stevens proved too much for the host Friars and rode off toward the Mason-Dixon Line with an 8-6 win and the multi-conference title.
So with the DII fields set, here is the Elite 8 Playoff Bracket for next weekend in Annapolis. See you there!
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