Portions of this release are courtesy of the NCAA.
INDIANAPOLIS – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament Champion the No. 11/12 University of New England is one of 12 teams to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament as announced on the NCAA.com Selection Show earlier today. The Nor’easters will travel to No. 6/8 Trinity for their First Round matchup on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
The Nor’easters were one of eight teams to earn their NCAA Tournament berth via conference automatic qualifier. UNE was the No. 3 seed in the CCC Tournament and knocked off No. 6 seed Wentworth, 5-1, and No. 2 seed Curry, 2-1, to earn a shot at the title for the third year in a row. After finishing as the CCC Tournament runner-up for the past two seasons, UNE was able to make that final push to capture the trophy in 2019. It defeated top-seeded Salve Regina in the Championship game, 6-2.
Trinity are also automatic qualifiers coming out of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The Bamtams clinched the NESCAC AQ after defeating Amherst, 3-2, in overtime in the NESCAC Championship game.
The championship playoff format involves four First Round games and four quarterfinal games that are played on the campuses of the participating institutions. All games in the championship are single elimination. The four quarterfinal winners will advance to a non-predetermined site for the semifinal and championship games, which will be conducted March 22-23.
2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Schedule
First Round – Saturday, March 9
No. 11/12 University of New England at No. 6/8 Trinity, 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.