College Update: Conference Championships

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During the spring season, we will publish a bite-sized weekly recap of the action across the College Division. This will serve as a supplement to our standard tournament reporting and will offer a high-level look at the latest happenings and the biggest stories of the week.

With the postseason upon us, College Update will be reformatting to deliver you who qualified for Regionals with the Conference Championship results, region by region. We’ll be updating at competition concludes and results are reported.

Tell us about your tournament! We will publish recaps of the action from your Conference tournament. Submit a recap right here.

* indicates qualification to Division III College Championships
~ indicates qualification to D-I Regionals for Developmental or D-III teams

ATLANTIC COAST

Women’s D-I

Carolina

The top four teams drew after a lack of open fields caused cancellation of the top bracket. The big news was UNC Wilmington’s zone-powered double game point victory over #2 North Carolina. That wasn’t the only upset, as Clemson also topped previously undefeated South Carolina, 9-8, in pool play. The necessary lower brackets did compete on turf Sunday, with NC State handily defeating Duke to claim fifth; Duke went on to wallop 12-4 Appalachian State.

T-1. #23 UNC Wilmington
T-1. Clemson
T-1. #24 South Carolina
T-1. #2 North Carolina
5. NC State
6. Duke

Colonial

1. Delaware
2. Georgetown
3. American
4. Maryland
5. Towson
6. George Washington

Virginia

1. Virginia
2. William & Mary
3. Liberty
4. James Madison

Men’s D-I

Carolina

UNC Wilmington was one of the stories of the weekend, rebounding from a foul performance at Easterns to upset NC State 11-10.

1. #2 North Carolina
2. #12 NC State
3. UNC Wilmington
4. #20 South Carolina
5. Appalachian State
6. East Carolina
7. Duke

Colonial

1. Maryland
2. Johns Hopkins
3. Georgetown

Virginia

1. Virginia Tech
2. William & Mary
3. Virginia
4. Liberty
5. JMU

Virginia Tech looked stellar all weekend, handling any team they played. Joe Freund was unstoppable. William & Mary bounced back on Sunday after a 2-2 Saturday — Norrbom does most of the work. Virginia looked like the second best team there; their loss to W&M on Sunday was meaningless. Liberty is different than past years: their top three players are all sophomores (Jake Norman, Dan Mills, and Ben Reutner). They were the best players at the tournament outside of Freund. They upset William and Mary in quarters on Saturday. JMU played scrappy defense to claim the 5th bid. They rely on energy to beat teams late.

Women’s D-III

Atlantic Coast

No. 6 seed Mary Washington upset top-seeded #21 Catholic 9-7 in the final to claim a bid to the D-III College Championships!

1. Mary Washington*

Mary Washington Mary Massacre goes 5-0 over the weekend to earn a trip to Nationals. They defeated 1st-seed Catholic University Nun Betta 12-7 on Saturday and 9-7 on Sunday. While the rest of the teams did not show deep benches, all teams include key personnel that indicate there’s growing strength in the division. – Layne Scherer

Men’s D-III

Carolina

1. #7 Davidson
2. #24 UNC Asheville
3. Elon
4. High Point

Northern Atlantic Coast

1. #5 Mary Washington
2. #8 Richmond
3. Navy
4. Christopher Newport

Women’s Developmental

1. Georgetown B

Men’s Developmental

Colonial

A lot of close games at play in the battle for four spots to AC Dev Regionals, but Delaware B emerged the champ, earning wins over Maryland B in both pool play and the final.

1. Delaware B
2. Maryland B
3. George Washington B
4. Georgetown B

Southern Atlantic Coast

UNC-B will join their A squad at Atlantic Coast Regionals, fending off quality challenges and winning all of their games by three or more. They won the final 12-8 over Virginia Tech B.

1. North Carolina B~
2. Virginia Tech B
3. Virginia B
4. South Carolina B

GREAT LAKES

Women’s D-I

Eastern Great Lakes

1. Michigan
2. Notre Dame
3. Purdue
4. Ball State
5. Michigan State

Illinois

1. Northwestern
2. Chicago
3. Illinois

Men’s D-I

East Plains

1. Notre Dame
2. Indiana
3. Purdue
4. Kentucky

Illinois

Weather cancellations leave brackets unfinished. Northwestern and Illinois State will meet in the final.

Michigan

1. #18 Michigan
2. Grand Valley State

Women’s D-III

Great Lakes

Weather cancellations leave brackets unfinished. North Park went 4-0 in round robin play, but the brackets have to get played out to crown a champion and Nationals qualifier.

Men’s D-III

East Plains

1. Butler
2. Valparaiso
3. Rose Hulman

Illinois

1. Knox
2. Olivet Nazarene
3. Wheaton
4. North Park
5. Eastern Illinois

Men’s Developmental

Great Lakes

1. Michigan B~

METRO EAST

Women’s D-I

Eastern Metro East

Columbia’s depth and skill was unmatched as they rolled through the EME competition, and they look like a real threat to win the region.

1. Columbia
2. Yale
3. Princeton
4. UConn
5. SUNY Albany
6. Rutgers

Western NY

1. Cornell
2. Ottawa

Men’s D-I

Hudson Valley

1. UConn
2. Yale
3. SUNY Albany

Connecticut survives Yale in pool play, down 8-6 in a game to 10, winning 10-8. Yale avenges pool play loss to Albany in semis before falling to Connecticut in the finals 10-5. Albany takes down New Paltz for the third bid. -Bryan Jones

Metro NY

1. Rutgers
2. Princeton
3. NYU
4. SUNY Stony Brook

Coming in as the bid ‘earner’ for the lowly Metro East region, Rutgers took care of business at the Metro NY conference championship, going undefeated en route to their second conference championship in a row. After going 3-0 in their respective pools, Rutgers faced off against Princeton in the final, going on a 3-0 run out of half to take the game 9-7.

Princeton then held seed with a victory over NYU in the second place game while Stony Brook dispatched Columbia in the game to go to finalize the four teams heading to Metro East Regionals.

On the Rutgers side, Tanner Yuhas and Isaac Duan came up huge for the D-line in crucial moments against Princeton and NYU, providing constant defensive pressure and making plays on the turn to get those much needed breaks. Victor Kao on NYU and Dylan Baroody for Princeton were major contributors to their teams O-lines, acting as field generals and getting open constantly in crucial moments. 

Every game between the four qualifiers had a final margin of at most three points, and while things largely went to seed, any game could’ve gone another way. I expect all four teams to have a shot to compete for the lone nationals spot at Regionals.

Shouts to NJIT for their first sectionals appearance as well! While they didn’t have the best results, they played with energy and great spirit throughout the tournament. -Dmitry Suvorov

Western NY

1. Cornell
2. RIT
3. SUNY Binghamton
4. Syracuse
5. SUNY Buffalo

Women’s D-III

Eastern Metro East

1. #10 RPI
2. #19 Skidmore
3. #12 Wesleyan
4. Vassar

Western NY

1. SUNY Oneonta
2. #24 SUNY Geneseo
3. Colgate
4. Hamilton

Men’s D-III

Hudson Valley

1. Marist
2. Wesleyan
3. Army
4. UNREPORTED

Metro NY

1. Stevens Tech

Western NY

1. Hamilton
2. Ithaca
3. Colgate
4. SUNY Oneonta
5. SUNY Geneseo
6. Rochester
7. SUNY Fredonia

Men’s Developmental

1. Connecticut B

NEW ENGLAND

Women’s D-I

Greater New England

1. #8 Dartmouth
2. #16 Vermont
3. Brown
4. UMass
5. New Hampshire

Metro Boston

1. #17 Tufts
2. #9 Northeastern
3. Harvard
4. Boston University
5. Boston College

Men’s D-I

Greater New England

1. #1 Brown
2. #8 UMass
3. Vermont
4. UNREPORTED

Metro Boston

1. Northeastern
2. Harvard
3. #21 Tufts
4. Boston College
5. MIT
6. Boston University
7. UMass Dartmouth
8. UMass Lowell

Women’s D-III

Metro Boston

1. Brandeis
2. #18 Wellesley

North New England

1. Bates
2. Middlebury
3. Bowdoin

South New England

1. #2 Williams
2. #5 Mount Holyoke
3. Amherst
4. Smith

Men’s D-III

Metro Boston

1. #21 Bentley
2. #22 Brandeis

North New England

1. Dartmouth [to D-1 Regionals]
2. #1 Middlebury
3. #25 Colby
4. #12 Bowdoin
5. #24 Bates

South New England

1. #4 Bryant
2. #21 Williams

Women’s Developmental

1. Vermont B~

Men’s Developmental

Metro Boston

1. Tufts-B

Greater New England

1. UMass-C

NORTH CENTRAL

Women’s D-I

Lake Superior

1. #15 Wisconsin
2. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3. Marquette

Western North Central

1. #5 Carleton
2. #11 Minnesota
3. Iowa State
4. Minnesota-Duluth
5. Iowa

Men’s D-I

Lake Superior

1. #10 Wisconsin
2. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater
4. Marquette

Northwoods

1. #4 Carleton
2. #21 Minnesota
3. Minnesota-Duluth
4. Minnesota State-Mankato

Tucked away on the recreational fields of Carleton College, the University of Minnesota and Carleton College played for the de facto Conference Championship and the right to not play on Easter Sunday.

Minnesota started with a break to go up 1-0, but Carleton shortly broke back twice to take control early. The teams traded points but Carleton’s depth held strong and led them to a 7-5 halftime lead.

It was the Joe White show for CUT, and it was obvious how much he meant to the team, often playing both ways and matching up against Cole Jurek, Minnesota’s only active U-24 player (Cole Wallin has been sidelined all season with injury). Jurek played well in his own right, also playing both ways in big moments, highlighting his day with a long, late second half chase down block past White, then finishing the point with a layout goal in the end zone.

Sam Kaminsky quarterbacked Minnesota’s D-line all weekend and was instrumental in converting breaks against Carleton. Wills Weimer could be the big man Minnesota has been looking for and was just inches away from what would have two game changing goals.

At the end of the game, Minnesota generated a turnover with the opportunity to tie the game at 11. They couldn’t convert and Carleton took the game 12-10.

Carleton is still Carleton and won with depth and a hefty dose of Joe White. They looked very strong and picked up right where they left off at Easterns, but Minnesota looks leaps and bounds better than what they looked like at the beginning of the season. If Cole Wallin comes back and plays at the level he is capable of, Minnesota could make some noise deeper in the postseason.

Minnesota State-Mankato’s Isaac Leonard was the best player not on CUT or Grey Duck and played well for the Minnesota Wind Chill after four games in Conferences earlier that day. -Tanner Jurek [disclosure: brother of Cole]

West Plains

1. Iowa State
2. Iowa
3. Northern Iowa

Women’s D-III

1. St. Olaf*
2. Carleton Eclipse*

Men’s D-III

Lake Superior

1. #10 Michigan Tech
2. Wisconsin-Platteville

West Plains

1. #11 Luther

Men’s Developmental

1. Minnesota B~

NORTHWEST

Women’s D-I

Big Sky

1. Utah
2. Whitman
3. Boise State

Cascadia

1. #4 British Columbia
2. #7 Western Washington
3. #20 Washington
4. #14 Oregon
5. Victoria

Men’s D-I

Big Sky

1. Utah State
2. Montana
3. Utah
4. Montana State
5. Boise State

Cascadia

1. #16 Washington
2. #6 Oregon
3. Victoria
4. Oregon State
5. British Columbia

Washington and Oregon both breezed through pool play and met in the final, while UW-B stunned Western Washington and Oregon State in the wind to take second in their pool. In the final, UW started the game with an upwind break, then locked in the downwind break after an upwind hold from each team. All downwind holds the rest of the game and UW takes the conference 13-10. UVic and Oregon St take 3rd and 4th, respectively, while UBC beats WWU on double game point to take the final bid. Wind was a factor all tournament and teams with the deepest set of throwers generally had the most success. – Derek Mourad

Women’s D-III

1. Puget Sound
2. Portland
3. Lewis & Clark

Men’s D-III

1. Whitman [advances to D-I Regionals]
2. Portland*

OHIO VALLEY

Women’s D-I

Ohio

1. #1 Ohio State
2. Ohio
3. Case Western
4. Dayton
5. OSU-B

Pennsylvania

1. Pittsburgh
2. Penn
3. Carnegie Mellon
4. West Chester
5. Penn State

Men’s D-I

East Penn

1. Temple
2. Villanova
3. Pennsylvania
4. Drexel
5. Lehigh
6. West Chester

Ohio

1. Ohio State
2. Ohio
3. Cincinnati
4. Case Western
5. Dayton
6. Miami Ohio

West Penn

1. #7 Pittsburgh
2. Penn State
3. Carnegie Mellon

Women’s D-III

Ohio

1. #6 Oberlin
2. Xavier
3. Cedarville
4. Oberlin B

Pennsylvania

1. Swarthmore
2. Lehigh
3. Haverford
4. Messiah

Men’s D-III

East Penn

1. Swarthmore
2. Muhlenberg
3. Haverford

Ohio

1. Oberlin
2. Cedarville
3. Franciscan
4. Xavier
5. Wooster
6. Denison

Pennsylvania

1. Messiah
2. Shippensburg
3. Grove City

Men’s Developmental

1. Pittsburgh B

SOUTH CENTRAL

Women’s D-I

Ozarks

1. Wash U
2. Kansas
3. Oklahoma

Rocky Mountain

1. #12 Colorado
2. Colorado College
3. Colorado State
4. Denver

Texas

1. #10 Texas
2. Texas-Dallas
3. Texas State
4. Texas Christian
5. Texas A&M

Men’s D-I

North Texas

1. Texas-Dallas
2. Texas Tech
3. Baylor

Ozarks

1. Oklahoma
2. Oklahoma State
3. WashU
4. Kansas
5. St. Louis
6. Arkansas
7. Kansas State

Rocky Mountain

1. #9 Colorado
2. #22 Colorado State
3. Colorado-B

South Texas

1. #11 Texas
2. Texas State
3. Texas A&M

Women’s D-III

1. #4 Truman State*

Men’s D-III

Ozarks

1. #18 Missouri S&T
2. #25 Truman State
3. #20 John Brown

Rocky Mountain

1. #2 Air Force
2. Colorado School of Mines
3. Colorado College

Texas

1. #6 Rice
2. Trinity

SOUTHEAST

Women’s D-I

Florida

1. Florida
2. Florida State
3. Central Florida
4. South Florida

Gulf Coast

1. Vanderbilt
2. Auburn
3. LSU
4. Mississippi State

Southern Appalachian

1. Georgia
2. Emory
3. Georgia Tech
4. Kennesaw State

Men’s D-I

Florida

1. #13 Central Florida
2. Florida State
3. Florida
4. South Florida

Gulf Coast

1. Auburn
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Alabama-Huntsville
5. Tulane
6. Alabama-Birmingham

Southern Appalachian

1. #24 Georgia
2. Tennessee
3. Kennesaw State
4. Georgia Tech
5. Emory
6. Tennessee-Chattanooga

Women’s D-III

1. North Georgia*

Men’s D-III

Eastern Southeast

1. North Georgia
2. Embry-Riddle
3. Berry
4. FIT
5. Stetson

Western Southeast

1. Samford
2. Belmont
3. Union (Tennessee)

Men’s Developmental

1. Florida-B

SOUTHWEST

Women’s D-I

Desert

1. Northern Arizona

NorCal

1. #21 Cal
2. #13 Stanford
3. Chico State
4. UC Davis

SoCal

1. #3 UC San Diego
2. #19 UCLA
3. #22 Cal Poly SLO
4. #6 UC Santa Barbara
5. San Diego State
6. CSU Long Beach
7. Southern California

Men’s D-I

Desert

1. Arizona
2. Northern Arizona
3. New Mexico

NorCal

1. #17 Cal
2. UC Davis
3. Stanford
4. Santa Cruz
5. Chico State
6. Santa Clara
7. Las Positas
8. Humboldt State

SoCal

1. #5 Cal Poly SLO
2. #14 Southern California
3. UC San Diego
4. UCLA
5. UC Santa Barbara

Women’s D-III

There is no Conferences or Regionals event in the Southwest Women’s Division III. The highest ranked team at the end of the regular season, #32 Occidental, qualified for the D-III College Championships.

Men’s D-III

1. Claremont*

Men’s Developmental

1. ASU-B

Tell us about your tournament! We will publish recaps of the action from your Conference tournament. Submit a recap right here.

  1. Keith Raynor
    Keith Raynor

    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the College Content Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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