With May upon us, we’ve got a few weekends of D1 conference tournament action to look forward to. Up and down the Eastern seaboard, New England teams will be battling to make NCAA Tournament dreams come true. We’ll update this post with previews of all the postseason qualifers as things unfold.
After winning titles in 2014 and 2015, Wesleyan enters this weekend’s NESCAC Tournament looking for Division III’s third three-peat of the season, something that’s never been done. The league’s three historical powers– Amherst, Trinity, and Tufts– will all be itching to wrest the trophy back for themselves. For the second straight year, they’ll head to Nashua’s Holman Stadium to punch New England’s final ticket to the D3 Tournament. Though it may be tough to follow up 2015, when not a single game was decided by more than three runs, it promises to be an exciting weekend.
It’s been three years since the Northeast-10 was represented at the Division II College World Series, and this year’s conference tournament will be the appetizer for the battle to get back there in two weeks’ time. Will Franklin Pierce or Southern New Hampshire take home a title and beef up their NCAA hosting resume in the process? Or will another team make a run to claim the league’s autobid? Read on for more about all four NECB teams competing.
As in 2015, the Maine schools will make the long trek down to Castleton to contest the NAC title. The host Spartans swept to their second straight title a year ago, but three good teams will be itching to wrest that title away from them this time around. Tourney history, the pennant race, and capsules on all four competitors after the jump.
As usual, we enjoyed competitive title and playoff races in the CCC, which has set us up with a deep tournament field to enjoy this weekend. Will a surprise team make a run to the title, like Curry in 2015? Or will things look more like the seasons prior, when the top seed took home the title in three of four years? The history, the playoff chase, and team capsules ahead– let’s get to it.
On a D3 scene where parity has been in fairly short supply in 2016, the MASCAC stands out. Salem took up their usual spot at the top of the standings, MMA and Fitchburg put up their best league marks in years to finish 2nd and 3rd; Bridgewater had its best year since 2013 to return to the playoffs after 2015; and Worcester, 2014 champions and 21-7 over the last two years, missed the field entirely. It’s in character for a league in which five different teams have finished atop the regular-season standings since 2011. More on the history, pennant race, and all six participants after the jump.
For the first time since 2010, someone other than Saint Joe’s comes into this week as defending GNAC champions. After Suffolk wrested the championship away from the Monks last season, the two teams contested this year’s regular-season title through the final weekend, and both look primed for a deep playoff run. And of course, four other teams will be itching to break up their duopoly on the league’s autobid. They’ll play games in Waltham, Standish, East Boston, and Providence this week before deciding a champion come Sunday. More ahead on the history, the playoff race, and each of the six teams involved.