For Immediate Release
November 3, 2011
South Easton, Mass. – Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and American International College have all been selected to participate in the NCAA Field Hockey National Championship Tournament, which begins play this Saturday, November 5.
Merrimack (17-2, 10-0 NE-10), ranked third nationally in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, has a spot in the semifinal round after being named the top seed in the North Region. Meanwhile, No. 5 UMass Lowell (17-3, 9-1 NE-10) hosts No. 8 American Int'l (12-8, 6-4 NE-10) in a first round matchup on Saturday with the winner to take on the Warriors at Merrimack.
Merrimack, UMass Lowell, and American Int'l also made up the top three spots – in that order – in last week's North Regional Rankings.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 4 West Chester will travel to No. 2 Shippensburg with the winner set to face No. 1 Bloomsburg in the semifinals.
UMass Lowell won last year's NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating Shippensburg 1-0 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.