AMHERST, Mass. – Claiming an automatic bid after winning the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, Amherst women's soccer (14-3-1) has earned the right to host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, facing Maine Maritime (13-4) on Saturday, November 16 in the first round at Hitchcock Field.
Amherst will make their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and have made it to the national tournament in eight of the last nine years. It is the Mammoths second consecutive year hosting the opening weekend, with Saturday featuring the first matchup between the Mammoths and Mariners in program history.
Amherst earned the automatic bid after an impressive conference postseason run, taking down top-seed Tufts in the semifinals before tallying a 1-0 score over No. 2 Middlebury in the NESCAC Championship. Maine Maritime defeated UMaine-Farmington for the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title by a 1-0 margin, earning their automatic bid.
Dickinson College (14-2-4) and Farmingdale State College (14-5-3) are the final two teams ascending to the Pioneer Valley. The Red Devils secure the at-large bid after going unblemished in conference play, but falling in the Centennial Conference Championship (CCC) to Johns Hopkins (2-0). The Rams received the automatic entrance to the tournamment after winning the Skyline Conference with a 5-0 decision against Manhattanville.
The winners of Saturday's competition will advance to the regional finals on Sunday, November 17th at Hitchcock Field.
More information including game times, ticket info and a full preview of all four teams will be available later on this week.