Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Sports Tournaments: Some Begin, Some Continue

A quick look at fall sports tournament action featuring AICUO member campuses:

Soccer, Men’s: Xavier begins play in the NCAA Division I tournament this Thursday evening at West Virginia. In the NCAA Division II tournament, Ashland, champion of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, lost in the first round to Missouri S&T on Nov. 12 at Highland Heights, Ky. In Division III, Ohio Wesleyan has advanced to the third round, defeating Catholic (D.C.) 2-0 in the first round and Kenyonfirst-round victors over York (Pa.)by the same score in the second round. The Bishops’ next game, Saturday against Johns Hopkins, will be at Delaware, Ohio, as OWU is the site of both the third and quarterfinal rounds. Ohio Northern also qualified for the Division III playoff, but lost in the first round to Calvin, 2-0.

Two AICUO members qualified for the NAIA men’s soccer tourney. Top seed Rio Grande, boasting a 21-0 record, hosts Bethel (Ind.) on Saturday, while Notre Dame, also unbeaten and the fourth seed in the 30-team playoff, plays Davenport (Mich.) on its home pitch.

Soccer, Women’s: Two AICUO members have reached the third round of the NCAA Division III playoff, and each travel this weekend for games at Dubuque, Iowa. On Saturday Denison, after defeating Penn State-Altoona 1-0 and Illinois Wesleyan 2-0 at Granville, plays Wisconsin-Stevens Point, while Otterbein, which eliminated Calvin 1-0 and Washington-St. Louis 2-0, takes on Loras, the host school. The winners play Sunday afternoon for a space in the tournament’s final four.

In the NCAA Division I tournament, Dayton won its first-round game 3-0 over Virginia Tech, but lost on penalty kicks to Ohio State after a scoreless regulation and overtime in Columbus.

Football: Three AICUO members qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament beginning this Saturday, and two play each other. Ohio Northern, runner-up in the Ohio Athletic Conference, hosts North Coast Athletic Conference champion Wittenberg. Mount Union, OAC champion and last year’s national runner-up, welcomes St. Lawrence (N.Y.) for a first-round game. Starting time for both games is 12 noon.

No AICUO member qualified for the NCAA Division II or NAIA tournament.

—Bob Burke