UNE Women’s Soccer Draws Defending Champion Williams In NCAA First Round

UNE Women’s Soccer Draws Defending Champion Williams In NCAA First Round


Courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of New England will line up against reigning champion Williams College on Saturday in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship at Cole Field in Williamstown, Mass. The 64-team field for the tournament was announced Monday afternoon (Nov. 5) by the national committee on NCAA.com.

UNE and Williams will start play in the Williamstown Regional at 11 a.m., with Stevens Institute of Technology and SUNY Geneseo to follow later in the afternoon (1:30 p.m.). The two winners will then square off on Sunday (1 p.m.) in the second round.

The Nor'easters are making their second NCAA Championship appearance in program history, joining the initial trip in 2000. UNE captured the automatic bid from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with a 1-0 result against Western New England University this past weekend. As the third seed, the Nor'easters posted three consecutive shutout victories to claim the league title and improve their record to 10-7-2 overall.

Williams is into the field for a 20th time (12 straight), looking to defend its 2017 NCAA crown and win the tournament for a third time in four seasons. The Ephs (15-1-2) garnered an at-large selection after dropping their first contest of the year on Sunday by a 1-0 margin to Middlebury College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) final.

It will be the first-ever meeting between the two squads.

Saturday's second match includes Stevens (15-2-0), which is making an 11th tournament appearance with the AQ out of the Empire 8 Conference. On the other side, SUNY Geneseo (14-3-1) earned the automatic berth from the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) to book a seventh spot in the championship.



First Round – Saturday, Nov. 10

Hosted by Williams (Williamstown, Mass.)

University of New England at No. 2 Williams, 11 a.m.
Stevens vs. SUNY Geneseo, 1:30 p.m.


Second Round – Sunday Nov. 11

Hosted by Williams (Williamstown, Mass.)

University of New England/No. 2 Williams vs. Stevens/SUNY Geneseo, 1 p.m.




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.


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