Area Division III coaches assess their first-round opponents in NCAA tournament

Four Division III teams from the area will open the first round of the NCAA tournament this Wednesday. Stevenson (17-2) will play host to Christopher Newport (8-8), Washington College (12-4) welcomes Colorado College (13-4), St. Mary’s (12-6) visits Lynchburg (12-5), and Salisbury (14-5) hosts Susquehanna (12-6).

Here is what each coach had to say about his team's respective first-round opponent.

Salisbury coach Jim Berkman on Susquehanna: “Not much, other than their coach is a former Sea Gull. Stewart Moan is a Salisbury guy, someone that I’ve known for a long time. I’ve got a couple films sitting here on my computer, and I’m getting ready to watch them. They obviously have played some good defense. They play a good zone and only gave up three and four goals in their conference championship games. So obviously, they play pretty good defense.”

St. Mary’s coach Chris Hasbrouck on Lynchburg: “A great team. Again, we’re going to have to continue to ramp it up. This is a great time of the year. It’s fun to be in the tournament. We’re going to prepare and hopefully play our best game of the season. I’m sure Lynchburg is doing the same thing. We really respect them. Coach Steve Koudelka is a great coach. They’ve been in the tournament before. They were there last year hosting a first-round game. So we need to prepare and have everything clicking on all cylinders.”

Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene on Christopher Newport: “They’ve had some pretty decent results this year. Early on, they played [Washington and Lee] really tight, and I think they beat Hampden-Sydney. So they’ve got some good results. They’ve played some pretty good teams and kept them to low scores. They’ve got some scrappy guys that can play, and we’re aware of that. We’re going to be ready to go and hopefully give a great effort against them on Wednesday night.”

Washington coach Jeff Shirk on Colorado College: “We’ve already watched their Dickinson game from this year. So I know a little more about them, but before we started watching that [Sunday] night, I didn’t know a whole lot about them. I think they’re pretty talented. I think they play hard, and I think they’re pretty well-coached. Sean Woods was actually an assistant here not too long ago under coach [J.B.] Clarke. So he knows the school well and he knows the atmosphere well. I’m sure they’re going to be prepared.”

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