Calvin and Hope have one of the most heated rivalries, but they need to win in the first round to face off.
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Division III Championship 
Calvin vs. St. Norbert and Hope vs. Otterbein
Thursday, Nov. 10

These games start a day earlier than the rest of the Division III field and for good reason. If Hope and host Calvin win, one of the most heated rivalries will be renewed on Friday. Trust us, it’s worth hoping for this to happen. For Hope to advance, the Flying Dutch, who are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the postseason, will need freshman Jenna Grasmeyer, who ranks among the top 50 in the nation in kills per set at 3.80, to continue her hot hand. In its 21st all-time bid, Calvin will rely on senior Rebecca Kamp, who can equal Grasmeyer as she ranks 30th nationally with 3.90 kills per set and is eighth nationally by hitting a .415 clip.

Division II Championship
Bloomsburg vs. West Chester
Friday, Nov. 11

After making up for one of its four regular-season losses in the first round, West Chester gets a rematch with top-ranked Bloomsburg after downing No. 2 Shippensburg 3-0 to open the postseason. It’ll take a massive effort to continue the run as the Golden Rams fell to BU 8-1 in the regular season, one of only three times West Chester gave up four or more goals on the season. Bloomsburg enters with the best defense in the nation, allowing just 0.47 goals per game while senior Amanda Riley has provided 0.74 goals per game. In the first matchup this season, Bloomsburg won 4-1 and across the two matchups, the Huskies were led by Amanda Riley’s four goals (two each game).

Lybert
CNU

Division III Championship
Randolph vs. Christopher Newport
Saturday, Nov. 12

Christopher Newport reached the postseason via a third consecutive USA South tournament championship and All-Americans Brian Lybert and Winston Mattheisen are leading the Captains to a fourth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. CNU averages 3.50 goals per game to rank sixth nationally and brings in a 17-0-1 record. Randolph College is 17-5 overall and have won six consecutive matches, setting up the only first-round matchup in the Division III men’s soccer tournament between teams with at least 17 wins.

Division III Championship
William Smith vs. Lancaster Bible
Saturday, Nov. 12

William Smith will host the first and second rounds, starting with a matchup against Lancaster Bible. The teams enter the postseason with one loss combined, as Lancaster Bible lost its first match of the season on Sept. 1 against Alvernia 1-0. Since then, neither of the squads have been on the wrong end of the score column. LBC hasn’t been score on since Oct. 13 and has only given up more than one goal once this season, on Sept. 6 in a 3-2 overtime victory against Goucher. William Smith leads the nation in shutout percentage, as it has allowed one goal all season when Rensselaer tallied one on Oct. 1.

Division III Championship
SUNY Cortland vs. Southern Vermont
Friday, Nov. 11

SUNY Cortland will be making its 23rd all-time postseason appearance after the Red Dragons won their 18th State University of New York Athletic Conference automatic bid last week. Cortland will be aiming for its ninth bid into the national quarterfinals, but first the Red Dragons must get through the newcomer to the field, as Southern Vermont is in the postseason for the first time after posting an impressive 32-1 record. The matchup will be the only first-round match between 30-win teams, as Cortland enters the weekend with a 39-1 record, five wins more than any other squad still alive.

Salisbury is set to face Neumann in its first postseason bid since 2009.
Salisbury Athletics

Division III Championship
Salisbury vs. Neumann
Saturday, Nov. 12

After falling in the Capital Athletic Conference championship match, Salisbury makes its first appearance in the postseason since 2009 looking to make a run. The Sea Gulls are 13-3-3 overall and ranks 16th nationally in shutout percentage at 0.59.  Neumann enters with a 13-4 record and is making a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship after winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament title. While this matchup is one to watch, the bigger picture leads everyone to look toward the second round where the winner of this game gets to move on and face top-ranked Messiah which brings in an 18-0-1 into the matchup on Nov. 13.

Reynolds
EC

Division III Championship
Elmhurst vs. Cornell
Friday, Nov. 11

Elmhurst is making its 16th all-time appearance in the postseason but is returning NCAA field for the first time since 2005. The Bluejays brings a 30-5 season mark as they face Cornell (Iowa) on Friday and will look to put up a solid defensive effort. Elmhurst is led by sophomore Megan Reynolds, who ranks 14th nationally in blocks, averaging 1.24 per set. Cornell swept its league championship game to earn its first bid to the postseason and brings in a school-record 14-match win streak despite fielding one of the youngest lineups around, as the Rams have had five freshmen and one sophomore play key roles in a 28-5 season.

Division I Championship
Stanford vs. Montana
Friday, Nov. 11

It may be a little strange to see the No. 1 seed here, but this is a unique matchup. Stanford enters the postseason as the top seed after running through its competition, posting a 19-0-1 record with the only blemish a 0-0 tie against Maryland on Aug. 26. Since then, the Cardinal have allowed just six goals in the past 17 matches on their way to an unbeaten regular season. Montana, however, has not been as efficient and it will be an uphill battle for the Grizzlies to continue their magical late-season run. Montana earned a spot in the postseason despite sporting a 6-11-4 record on the year. The Griz won the Big Sky Conference title last weekend, taking down Weber State in penalty kicks to win their first league championship since 2000.

Anderson
BC

Division II Championship
Rollins vs. Barry
Friday, Nov. 11

Rollins enters the postseason as the host for the third consecutive season, as the Tars take on fourth-seeded Barry, which has fallen twice to the Tars this season, including last weekend in the Sunshine State Conference title game.  Rollins will be making its third consecutive and 12th overall postseason bid as it enters with a 15-3 record, looking to go one step farther than a year ago when it reached the national title game. Barry, which has reached the title game nine times in program history, will be looking for a little revenge as the Bucs fell to Rollins in the regional final. The Bucs will push the tempo with senior Mark Anderson who ranks third nationally with 2.56 points per game this fall after leading the nation with 19 total goals.