INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Field Hockey teams were tabbed to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship, the NCAA announced Monday afternoon.
The championship field boasts six teams. All three PSAC teams will represent the Atlantic Region while Merrimack, Pace and St. Anselm will represent the East Region.
The PSAC boasts the last seven DII champions.
No. 1 West Chester (17-2) earned the No. 1 overall seed and received a first-round bye. The Golden Rams will await the winner of No. 4 Shippensburg and No. 5 Merrimack. WCU won the PSAC title Sunday with a 3-1 victory against SU.
The Golden Rams will play in a semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.
WCU boasts the PSAC Coach of the Year, Amy Cohen, and the Defensive Athlete of the Year, Taylor Bracale. The Golden Rams are tied for fewest goals allowed in the league (16) while leading the league in shots (415).
East Stroudsburg (15-4) claimed the No. 2 seed and received a first-round bye. The Warriors will play the winner of No. 3 Pace and No. 6 St. Anselm. ESU will begin its championship trek with a semifinal game Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.
ESU paced the PSAC in goals per game (3.579) while tying for the league-lead in goals against average (0.84).
SU (16-4) will host Merrimack Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. in a first round contest. The Raiders are two-time defending national champions and will be led by Athlete of the Year Jazmin Petrantonio. She has amassed 23 goals and five assists in 20 contests.
The NCAA DII Field Hockey title game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
The semis and final will be played at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. as part of the NCAA DII Fall Festival.
NCAA DII Field Hockey Championship Seedings
- 1. West Chester – 17-2
- 2. East Stroudsburg – 15-4
- 3. Pace – 17-2
- 4. Shippensburg – 16-4*
- 5. Merrimack – 18-3
- 6. St. Anselm – 15-6