Husson University’s North Atlantic Conference champion women’s field hockey and men’s soccer teams will open NCAA Division III Tournament play on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
The 11-8 Husson field hockey team will travel to take on 17-3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The winner will advance to a four-team regional at Bowdoin College this weekend.
Bowdoin, 17-0, is the defending NCAA Division III national champion. The Polar Bears have won three NCAA titles in the last four years.
The 13-6-1 Husson men’s soccer team will visit Amherst College (Mass.) for a Saturday game against the 14-1-2 Lord Jeffs, the nation’s sixth-ranked team. The time has not been determined.
The Husson-Amherst game will be part of a regional doubleheader with 10-4-4 Springfield College and 14-5-1 Eastern Connecticut State meeting in the other game.
The winners of Saturday’s games will square off on Sunday.
The St. Joseph’s men’s soccer team from Standish has earned its second NCAA Tournament berth and the 14-5 Monks will travel to take on 10-5-2 Trinity College (Conn.) in the opening round on Saturday at 1:30 at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.
Trinity lost 2-0 to Amherst in the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship game.
St. Joseph’s won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tourney by beating Norwich (Vt.) 4-1 in the title game.
Babson will host Lesley University at 11 a.m. Saturday in the first game of the twinbill.
Meanwhile, in women’s NCAA Division III volleyball action, Bowdoin College’s 26-2 Polar Bears will take on 24-10 Baruch (N.Y.) in a first round tournament game on Friday at 3 p.m. at Springfield College.
Husson’s men’s soccer team has been led by Bangor freshman striker Phil Frost (16 goals, 5 assists), Greg Dawson (8 & 4), former Ellsworth High School teammates Zach Emeigh (6 & 9) and Andrew Austin (1 & 7) and Kittery’s Tyler Metevier (6 & 2). Freshman goalkeeper Brian Potter, who played for South China’s Erskine Academy, has posted an 0.77 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage.
The Husson field hockey team has been paced by junior goalie Kristen Capen of Leeds, who has made 56 saves and allowed just three goals in NAC tournament road wins over UM-Farmington, Castleton State and St. Joseph’s.
Dover-Foxcroft sophomore Mariah Arno (20 & 4) and Newport’s Sabrina Vaillancourt (17 & 7) have been the offensive catalysts along with junior Kara Poirier (6 & 3) and Skowhegan sophomore Elizabeth Noddin (5 & 1).