NCAA INTERACTIVE BRACKET
AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid and regional pod hosting duties, the No. 20 Amherst College men's soccer team is set to take on Bridgewater State in a 2018 NCAA Division III Championship first round contest this Saturday, Nov. 10 at a time to be determined.
Despite a 3-1 loss to eventual league champion Colby in the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship tournament, Amherst (12-4-1) put together a strong enough resume throughout the regular season to secure the programs' 18th overall appearance in the NCAA postseason since 1993, and 13th consecutive bid since 2006.
Bridgewater State University (11-7-1) enters the NCAA tournament as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference's automatic bid following a 5-3 victory over Framingham State in the MASCAC finals on Nov. 4. The first round matchup will mark the Bears' sixth overall appearance in the national postseason (1990, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015), and first since 2015.
The second first round tilt hosted at Hitchcock Field will feature fellow NESCAC intuition Middlebury (10-3-3) and undefeated No. 9 Saint Joseph's College (20-0-0).
The Monks punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament with a 1-0 victory over Johnson & Wales on Nov. 4 to clinch the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title, while Middlebury earned an at-large bid after a tough losss to Williams in the NESCAC Quarterfinals, 1-0 on Oct. 27.
Check the Amherst athletics website later this week for more details on this weekend's first and second round contests.