Three Johns Hopkins teams earn spots in NCAA DIII tournaments
Men's and women's soccer teams receive at-large berths after successful seasons
The Johns Hopkins men's and women's soccer teams, both of which won regular-season conference titles this season, received at-large bids to their respective NCAA Division III tournaments today.
Meanwhile, the Hopkins volleyball team, which earned an automatic bid to the DIII tournament by winning its second consecutive conference tournament, learned its postseason destination.
The Johns Hopkins field hockey team was left out of the 24-team DIII field hockey tournament despite posting a 14-5 record and winning the regular-season conference title. Hopkins fell 2-1 to Franklin & Marshall in Sunday's conference final.
The JHU men's soccer team (14-1-3), ranked No. 24 nationally, will make its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2010. The Blue Jays earned an at-large berth in the 62-team field and will travel to Rowan University in New Jersey, where they will meet DeSales (12-2-6) in a first-round game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The winner advances to face the winner of a first-round matchup between Rowan (17-3-1) and Cabrini (10-9-1).
Hopkins entered the Centennial Conference tournament over the weekend with a 7-0-2 record against league opponents on the season but was eliminated by Dickinson in the semifinal round in a penalty kick shootout.
JHU's women's soccer team also came out on the losing end of a penalty kick shootout over the weekend, falling to Swarthmore on Sunday evening at Homewood Field. Still, the Blue Jays—owners of a 15-2-3 overall record and a No. 10 national rankings—did more than enough to earn a postseason berth.
Hopkins will host a four-team regional this weekend, beginning with a first-round matchup against Staten Island (13-5-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The winner will advance to take on the winner of a game between Connecticut College (12-3-1) and Wilkes (13-3-3) on Sunday.
JHU is making its 13th consecutive appearance in the tournament and is hosting a regional for the ninth time in the past 10 years.
The Blue Jays (24-3) will face Kean (29-10) in the first round on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at nearby Stevenson University, with the winner moving on to face the winner of a matchup between the host Mustangs (32-1) and Hunter (27-4).
Hopkins is making its second consecutive and fifth overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. JHU's only loss in its past 24 matches came at Stevenson on Oct. 19.
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