The third D-III Men's Nationals bid is on the line this weekend in Georgia.
April 22, 2022 by Michael Ball in Preview with 0 comments
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The 2022 College Series is underway and the first bids to Nationals have already been awarded. As we approach the various regional championship events, we’ll provide a preview of what to expect.
Southeast (1 Bid)
Location: Rome, Georgia
Top 25 Teams: 3
Weather: Sunny and mid-80s all weekend
Five teams will descend on Rome, Georgia this weekend to compete in the Southeast Conference Championships and earn the third D-III Men’s bid to Milwaukee.1
The favorites to win are the hosts and defending champions, the #4 Berry Bucks. The Bucks enter the weekend as one of the best teams in the division, boasting a 12-1 record with the only tarnish coming on double game point against #11 Richmond at FCS Tune-Up. Everyone knows about Berry’s star trio of Caleb Enright, Walter Ellard, and Collin Hill, but much of the Bucks’ success this spring has been due to their depth. Chris Gmeiner is one of the best defenders in the division, and Aidan Meek and Bodhi Young are excellent fill cutters. Berry have their sights set on contending in Milwaukee, and it will take a special effort to take them down this weekend.
Trying to dethrone the Bucks is a pair of unproven contenders. The #17 Union Jaxx are undefeated this season, but their wins came against a pretty weak field at Magic City Invite. #16 Florida Tech are in a similar position; they enter the weekend with a perfect record, but all their wins came against a weak field at Riddle Rumble. Both teams were dominant in their wins, but it remains to be seen how they stack up against tougher competition.
The remaining two teams, Georgia College Disconnected and the Embry-Riddle Dirty Birds, both have lost in blowout fashion this season to teams seeded above them this weekend. It will be a surprise to see either one in contention late on Sunday.
Claremont and Pacific Lutheran have already earned the bids from the Southwest and Northwest, respectively ↩