Massachusetts schools are well-represented across the NCAA Division 2 and 3 tournaments.
From Cinderella stories to nationally recognized powerhouses, here’s a look at the programs that qualified and, if they’re still in action, when they’ll play next.
Field Hockey: Division 2
Assumption: The Greyhounds wrapped up their regular season 15-6, powered by all-conference first team forward Mia Salah’s 10 goals and six assists. Following a loss to St. Anselm in the Northeast-10 championship game, they earned the five-seed in the six-team D2 championship, taking down St. Anselm in the first round last weekend, 2-1. Assumption has a date with 1-seed East Stroudsburg on Friday with a championship game berth on the line. May van Woudenberg joined Salah on the All-Conference first team, while coach Annie Lahey earned her third Coach of the Year nod.
Next game: at East Stroudsburg, 2 p.m. Friday, Manchester, N.H.
Field hockey: Division 3
Babson: The Beavers, who entered the bracket as the No. 2 overall seed, will face No. 1 seed Middlebury on Friday for a spot in the title game. Babson won its third straight NEWMAC tournament after finishing the regular season 18-1 and a perfect 9-0 in conference. It’s the Beavers’ fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Sinead Walsh (18 goals, 8 assists), Brianne McGrath (16 goals, 7 assists), and Camille Marsh (16 goals, 5 assists) lead longtime coach Julie Ryan’s squad.
Next game: at Middlebury, 3 p.m. Friday, Newport News, Va.
Football: Division 3
Endicott: It was a conference three-peat for the nationally ranked Gulls, taking down the University of New England 41-14 to capture their third straight Commonwealth Coast Conference title. With their highest ranking in program history at No. 14 (D3football.com and AFCA polls), Endicott enters the tournament with a first-round matchup hosting No. 11/13 SUNY Cortland. The Gull offense ranks 41st in Division 3 with 36.2 points per game, with a ground-and-pound offense powered by senior running back Anthony Caggianelli (595 rush yards, 10 TDs) and senior quarterback Clayton Marengi (521 rush yards, 5 TDs).
Next game: vs. SUNY Cortland, Noon Saturday, Beverly
Springfield: The 9-1 Pride captured the NEWMAC title with a 51-6 win over Maritime (N.Y.) and earned the conference’s auto-bid to the D3 tournament. Springfield is set to host Ithaca in the first round of the tournament, the second time the program has hosted since 2017, in a rematch of last year’s first round (Ithaca won 31-20). A run-heavy offense (407.4 rush yards per game) gives the Pride 38.4 points per game, as senior fullback Arsen Shtefan rumbled for 1206 rushing yards and nine touchdowns and senior halfback Blane Hart tallied 776 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Next game: vs. Ithaca, Noon Saturday, Springfield
Men’s soccer: Division 3
Amherst: Finishing atop the NESCAC for the second straight season, the Mammoths concluded the regular season 13-2-3 and took home yet another regular-season title, their seventh overall as a NESCAC member. Amherst has made it through two rounds in the NCAA tournament, with a 2-1 win over SUNY Poly and a 1-0 overtime decision over Stevens propelling them to a Sweet 16 matchup against Occidental on Saturday. Freshman Mohammed Nuhu led his squad with 7 goals and 4 assists in the regular season, with senior Ada Okorogheye not far behind with 6 goals and 4 assists.
Next game: vs. Occidental, 11 a.m. Saturday, Amherst
Tufts: Despite a loss to Amherst in the NESCAC championship, the Jumbos earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a 12-3-3 season that earned them national recognition in the polls. Like their conference rival, they’ve progressed to the final 16 after wins over Bridgewater State and University of Rochester. Tufts hosts Washington and Lee on Saturday with the quarterfinals on the line. Sophomore goalkeeper Nikola Antic holds a 1.10 goals against average and a .776 save percentage.
Next game: vs. Washington and Lee, 11 a.m. Saturday, Medford
Women’s soccer: Division 3
Amherst: The Mammoths, who are on an 11-game win streak, finished off the regular season at 16-1-1 and took down Bowdoin for the NESCAC championship. They beat Maine Maritime 5-0 and RIT 3-1 in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, and await a visit to Messiah this weekend for the third round. Six players were named All-NESCAC, headlined by junior Charlotte Huang earning defender of the year and a first-team selection. Head coach Jen Hughes and her assistants were also voted coaching staff of the Year.
Next game: at Messiah, 11 a.m. Saturday, Grantham, Pa.
MIT: With their fifth NEWMAC title in the past six seasons, the Engineers and their dynasty roll on. MIT finished the regular season 19-3-1 and ranked 14th nationally by United Soccer Coaches. Two NCAA tournament wins over Mount St. Vincent and Southern Maine give MIT a third-round matchup against John Carroll. Senior Meagan Rowlett led NEWMAC in goals (15), assists(10), and points (40) to earn her first Player of the Year nod.
Next game: at John Carroll, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Tufts: Though they had a first-round exit in the NESCAC tournament to Amherst, the Jumbos have advanced to the third round in the NCAA tournament after receiving an at-large bid. They took down Franklin and Marshall and The College of New Jersey, setting them up for a neutral-site contest against No. 22 Bowdoin on Saturday.
Next game: vs. Bowdoin, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Rochester, N.Y.
Volleyball: Division 3
MIT: The Engineers finished the regular season 29-4 and ranked No. 19 in the AVCA poll, earning an auto-bid to NCAAs. MIT beat Alfred University 3-0 in the first round, and will face Cortland on Friday. MIT notched three All-NEWMAC First Team selections in Emily Cheng, Lauren Kelley, and Consecrata Rozario.
Next game: vs. Cortland, 7 p.m., Cambridge
Springfield: Though the Pride lost the NEWMAC Championship in a five-set thriller against MIT, they finished the regular season 26-4, received votes in the AVCA poll, and accepted an at-large bid to the tournament. Junior outside hitter Riley Donahue was voted NEWMAC athlete of the year after leading the conference with 3.74 kills and 4.28 points per set. Coach Moira Long and her staff received coaching staff of the year honors. The Pride beat Wentworth to advance to face Mary Washington on Friday.
Next game: vs. Mary Washington, 4:30 p.m., Huntingdon, Pa.
Framingham State: The Rams (21-10) rolled through the MASCAC tournament as the fourth seed, taking down reigning champ Westfield State along the way for their second title in three years. They lost to 21st-ranked Ithaca College in the first round on Thursday.
Tufts: The 14-10 Jumbos had an early exit in the NESCAC tournament, dropping their second-round matchup to Williams in straight sets. Despite this, they received a bid to NCAAs, but lost in the first round to Eastern University on Thursday.
Cross country: Division 3
The NCAA Division 3 cross country championships are on Saturday in Newville, Pa. Here’s a look at the local teams competing:
Amherst: The men’s team sits No. 17 in the polls. The Mammoths finished fourth in the NCAA Mideast regional as Theo Dassin, Harrison Dow, Aidan Gemme, and Nick Edwards-Levin claimed a spot on the All-Region team by finishing within the top-35. On the women’s side, Amherst placed second at regionals with six All-Region runners (Claire Callon, Sophia Price, Julia Schor, Daphne Witherell, and Sylvan Wold). The women’s team is ranked 14th heading into the championships.
MIT: The Engineers’ men’s team is the defending Division 3 national champion, taking last year’s meet by a 47-point margin. This year, they head back to nationals ranked fourth in the country, fresh off a first-place finish in the regional meet for the third straight year. Sam Acquaviva led MIT to a podium sweep at regionals. The seventh-ranked women captured a second straight regional title to earn an automatic trip to nationals. Lexi Fernandez finished second and four more runners finished in the top-10.
Williams: The men’s and women’s sides head to the national championships sitting at seventh in the polls, and both took home Mideast regional titles last weekend. Nikhil DeNatale took second-place in the men’s meet, with Genna Girard finishing first for the women, her fourth individual victory of the season.
Tufts: Ranked 14th in the USTFCCCA poll, the Jumbos finished second at the regional meet, their best finish since 2005, and earned an at-large bid to the national meet. All seven Tufts runners received All-Region honors by finishing in the top-35, including three in the top-10 (Ivan Appleton, Walter Wagude, Luke Brennan). It’s the third nationals appearance in four years for Tufts.
WPI: The Engineers finished third at the regional meet, their best performance in program history, and as a result are headed to the championship for the first time. Grace Hadley led the way with the individual win, finishing more than a minute clear of second place for her school’s first individual title at regionals.