The South Region of the NCAA Division III tournament boasts a Maryland feel to it, as three area programs earned the top three seeds.
With an 18-1 record, Salisbury earned the top seed in the South Region and a coveted first-round bye. The Sea Gulls – 10-time national champions who suffocated York, 12-4, in Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference tournament final – will not play until Saturday when they will meet the winner of Wednesday’s first-round matchup between York (15-4) and Susquehanna (11-7).
Stevenson, the reigning Division III champion, was awarded the second seed and will play host to Otterbein (12-4) in Wednesday’s first-round game at 7 p.m. at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills. The Mustangs, who captured their second Commonwealth Conference tournament crown in as many years, are 17-2 and have lost only to Salisbury and the Rochester Institute of Technology (18-0), the top seed in the North Region.
Washington College got the third seed and will entertain Eastern University (14-4) in Wednesday’s first-round matchup at 7 p.m. at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium in Chestertown. The Shoremen, who claimed their first Centennial Conference title since 2003 on Saturday, are 15-1, and that lone loss came to Salisbury.
If the seeds hold up, Stevenson and Washington College could meet in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 14. The Mustangs ousted the Shoremen from last year’s NCAA tournament with a 17-13 victory in the second round.
And the winner of that game could meet Salisbury in the semifinals on Sunday, May 18.