Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NCAA Division II and III Football: Three AICUO Members to Host Division III First-Round Games

Beyond the new big-money Division I "College Football Playoff" being inaugurated this year, the NCAA has long sponsored actual football tournaments in Divisions I-AA, II, and III, and AICUO members are well represented once again this year. In fact, all Division III qualifiers will be hosting first-round games this weekend. In the mean time, the travel news is not so good in Division II, as the one team in the tournament from Ohio plays two time zones away.

In the non-scholarship Division III, Mount Union and John Carroll from the Ohio Athletic Conference and Wittenberg from the North Coast Athletic Conference play first-round games on their home fields on Saturday. Mount Union, last year's runner-up and 11-time national champion, plays Adrian (Mich.) at 12 noon. John Carroll returns to the tournament with a home game against Centre (Ky.), also at noon. Wittenberg, two-time national champion, hosts Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) with kickoff also at noon.

The Division II tournament also begins Saturday, with Ohio Dominican returning to postseason play but with a 1,274-mile trip to play Colorado School of Mines, starting at noon.

No AICUO member is participating in the NAIA football tournament. 

NAIA Soccer Tournament Includes Both Men's and Women's Teams at Rio Grande and UNOH

The National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, the NCAA's competitor for small-college sports, opens its soccer tournaments this weekend, and two AICUO members — the University of Rio Grande and the University of Northwestern Ohio — qualified both their men's and women's teams for this postseason.

Rio Grande's men are the no. 1 seed in the entire NAIA tournament: they play their first-round game at home against Baker (Kans.) on Saturday. UNOH's men travel to Georgia-Gwinett (outside Atlanta) for a first-round match, also on Saturday. Subsequent rounds in the NAIA tourney take place starting Dec. 1 at Delray Beach, Fla.

In women's play, UNOH has home-field advantage, playing William Woods (Mo.), also on Saturday, while Rio Grande travels to Cumberland (Tenn.) for a first-round game. After the first-round is complete, the remaining women's teams travel to Orange Beach, Ala., for all remaining games, also beginning Dec. 1.

NCAA Soccer Tournament Results: Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon Men to Face Off in 3rd Round Saturday

Division II

1st Round, Nov. 14
Saginaw Valley 1, Ohio Dominican 0 at Somers, Wis.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1, Notre Dame 0 at East Stroudsberg, Pa.

1st Round, Nov. 15
Drury 1, Tiffin 0 (OT) at Quincy, Ill.
Notre Dame, bye

2nd Round, Nov. 16
Mercyhurst 1, Notre Dame 0 at Erie, Pa.

Division III

1st Round, Nov. 15
Capital 0, Gettysburg (Pa.) 0 (Capital won on penalty kicks, 5-4) at Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Kenyon 1, Emory (Ga.) 0 at Crestview Hills, Ky.

2nd Round, Nov. 16
Messiah 5, Capital 1 at Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Thomas More (Ky.) 2, Kenyon 1 at Crestview Hills, Ky.

1st Round, Nov. 15
Ohio Wesleyan 3, Penn State-Behrend 2 at Holland, Mich.
Kenyon 3, Heidelberg 0 at Gambier, Ohio

2nd Round, Nov. 16
Kenyon 0, Thomas More 0 (Kenyon won on penalty kicks, 3-0) at Gambier, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan 1, Calvin 1 (Ohio Wesleyan won on penalty kicks, 4-2) at Holland, Mich.

3rd Round, Nov. 22
Ohio Wesleyan vs. Kenyon, 11 a.m. at Gambier, Ohio

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NCAA Soccer, AICUO Members a Strong Combination in 2014

Members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio are well represented in this year’s NCAA Division II and III soccer tournaments. Notre Dame in Division II and Kenyon in Division III qualified both their men’s and women’s teams for postseason play; and a 2011 national champion and 2013 national semifinalist return this fall.

In Division III, men’s North Coast Athletic Conference champion Kenyon will host first- and second-round games this weekend. On Saturday, Kenyon faces fellow AICUO member Heidelberg, tournament champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, in a first-round match. The other AICUO member in the men’s tournament is Ohio Wesleyan, national champion in 2011, which plays a first-round match against Penn State-Behrend on the campus of Calvin (Mich.) on Friday.

No AICUO member received the opportunity to host in the first weekend of the women’s tournament. Last year’s national semifinalist, Capital, won the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament and earned an automatic bid; they travel for a first-round game Saturday against Gettysburg (Pa.) on the campus of Messiah (Pa.). Kenyon’s women, like their men, won their conference tournament; they make a shorter trip for a first-round game Saturday afternoon against Emory (Ga.) on the campus of Thomas More (Ky.).

In the Division II women’s tournament, Notre Dame, regular season and tournament champions of the Mountain East Conference, earned an automatic bid to its tournament. They will face conference foe West Virginia Wesleyan on Friday in the first round at East Stroudsberg (Pa.). Also qualifying was Ohio Dominican, which faces Great Lakes Conference foe Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) in a first-round match Friday on the campus of Wisconsin-Parkside.

In men’s play, Notre Dame, runner-up of the Mountain East Conference, received a first-round bye and will play a second-round match atMercyhurst (Pa.) on Sunday. Tiffin, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, also received an at-large bid to the tournament; its first-round match against Drury (Mo.) takes place Friday, with the winner facing the Central Region’s top seed, Quincy (Ill.), Saturday on its home field.