NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship

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Men's Division III Soccer Championship
Founded 1974
Number of teams 62
Current champions Tufts (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Messiah (10 titles)
Website Website

The NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship is an annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III collegiate men's soccer in the United States.

It has been held each year since 1974 when the Division III championship was established for universities that do not award athletics scholarships. Division III teams had previously competed as part of the NCAA College Division Men's Soccer Championship (now Division II). A total of 62 teams participate, making it the largest of the NCAA's men's soccer tournaments.

Traditionally, the tournament is held in November and December at the end of the regular season. The tournament finals were initially held on the campus of one of the teams participating in the semifinals. Since 2004, however, they have been held at the same pre-determined neutral site as the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship (added in 1986).

Messiah is the most successful team in event history, with 10 titles. Tufts is the current champion, having won their first title in 2014.[1]

Selection format[edit]

Of the three NCAA divisions, Division III has the most complicated selection process. In 2012, the tournament was a 62-team, single-elimination tournament. Teams are divided into three pools. Pool A consists of the 36 conference champions, who all receive automatic bids to the tournament. Pool B consists of all teams which are not in conferences or which are in conferences that do not meet the requirements to be awarded an automatic bid. Four teams are selected from Pool B. Pool C consists of all the other teams, plus those Pool B teams not already selected. The remaining teams in the field are selected from Pool C. Two teams received first round byes, and the rest of the bracket was filled by geographical proximity. The early rounds of the championship were played at campus sites with the higher seeded team hosting the match. The semifinals and finals are played at a predetermined campus site. The 2012 Division III final rounds were held at Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio.[2]

Champions[edit]

NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship
Year Finals Site
(Host)
Final Match Third Place Match / Semifinalists Finals Attendance
Champion Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1974
Details
Wheaton, IL
(Wheaton)
Brockport State 3–1 Swarthmore Westfield State 3–1 MacMurray 100
1975
Details
Brockport, NY
(Brockport State)
Babson 1–0 Brockport State Ohio Wesleyan 1–0 Johns Hopkins 1,700
1976
Details
Elizabethtown, PA
(Elizabethtown)
Brandeis 2–1
(2OT)
Elizabethtown 2–1 MacMurray 2,000
1977
Details
Wellesley, MA
(Babson)
Lock Haven 1–0 Cortland State Babson 1–0 Wooster 500
1978
Details
Lock Haven (2) 3–0 Washington (MO) Cortland State 2–1
(OT)
North Adams State 800
1979
Details
Trenton, NJ
(Trenton State)
Babson (2) 2–1 Glassboro State Washington (MO) 2–1 Lock Haven 1,500
1980
Details
Wellesley, MA
(Babson)
Babson (3) 1–0
(OT)
Scranton Glassboro State 1–0 Washington (MO) 3,000
1981
Details
Elizabethtown, PA
(Elizabethtown)
Glassboro State 2–1
(4OT)
Brandeis 4–2 Ohio Wesleyan 1,100
1982
Details
Greensboro, NC
(UNC Greensboro)
UNC Greensboro 2–1 Bethany (WV) Cortland State and Scranton 1,200
1983
Details
UNC Greensboro (2) 3–2 Claremont–Mudd–Scripps Plymouth State and Scranton 1,500
1984
Details
Wheaton, IL
(Wheaton)
Wheaton (IL) 2–1
(3OT)
Brandeis Kean and RIT 3,000
1985
Details
St. Louis, MO
(Washington)
UNC Greensboro (3) 5–2 Washington (MO) Fredonia State and Glassboro State 2,688
1986
Details
Greensboro, NC
(UNC Greensboro)
UNC Greensboro (4) 2–0 UC San Diego Fredonia State and Messiah 2,100
1987
Details
UNC Greensboro (5) 6–1 Washington (MO) Cal State San Bernardino and Salem State 2,500
1988
Details
Rochester, NY
(RIT)
UC San Diego 3–0 RIT Messiah and Salem State 1,207
1989
Details
Elizabethtown, PA
(Elizabethtown)
Elizabethtown 2–0 Greensboro UC San Diego and RIT 2,288
1990
Details
Delaware, OH
(Ohio Wesleyan)
Glassboro State 1–1
(4OT, PK)
Ohio Wesleyan Salem State and Wheaton (IL) 2,100
1991
Details
San Diego, CA
(UC San Diego)
UC San Diego (2) 1–0 Trenton State Babson and Ohio Wesleyan 1,550
1992
Details
Union, NJ
(Kean)
Kean 3–1 Ohio Wesleyan Colorado College and RIT 1,100
1993
Details
Williamstown, MA
(Williams)
UC San Diego (3) 1–0 Williams Clarkson and Kenyon 1,797
1994
Details
Trenton, NJ
(Trenton State)
Bethany (WV) 1–0
(2OT)
Johns Hopkins Trenton State & Wisconsin–Oshkosh 747
1995
Details
Williamstown, MA
(Williams)
Williams 2–1 Methodist Chapman and Muhlenberg 1,951
1996
Details
Gambier, OH
(Kenyon)
College of New Jersey 2–1
(OT)
Kenyon Chicago and Ithaca 1,124
1997
Details
Fredericksburg, VA
(Mary Washington)
Wheaton (IL) (2) 3–0 College of New Jersey Amherst and Mary Washington 540
1998
Details
Delaware, OH
(Ohio Wesleyan)
Ohio Wesleyan 2–1
(OT)
UNC Greensboro Rowan and Williams 1,357
1999
Details
Wheaton, IL
(Wheaton)
St. Lawrence 2–0 Wheaton (IL) Alma and Richard Stockton 2,398
2000
Details
Glassboro, NJ
(Rowan)
Messiah 2–0 Rowan Linfield and Wisconsin–Oshkosh 1,525
2001
Details
Grantham, PA
(Messiah)
Richard Stockton 3–2 Redlands Messiah and Ohio Wesleyan 2,644
2002
Details
Canton, NY
(St. Lawrence)
Messiah (2) 1–0 Otterbein St. Lawrence and Trinity (TX) 456
2003
Details
Madison, NJ
(Drew)
Trinity (TX) 2–1 Drew Wheaton (MA) and Wisconsin–Oshkosh 2,003
2004
Details
Greensboro, NC Messiah (3) 4–0 UC Santa Cruz Geneseo State and Salisbury 801
2005
Details
Messiah (4) 1–0 Gustavus Adolphus Plattsburgh State and Wheaton (IL) 1,374
2006
Details
Lake Buena Vista, FL Messiah (5) 3–0 Wheaton (IL) NYU and Ohio Wesleyan 605
2007
Details
Middlebury 0–0
(4–3 pen)
Trinity (TX) Loras and Messiah 502
2008
Details
Greensboro, NC Messiah (6) 1–1
(3–0 pen)
Stevens Tech Amherst and Loras 877
2009
Details
San Antonio, TX Messiah (7) 2–0 Calvin Dominican (IL) and Williams 706
2010
Details
Messiah (8) 2–1
(OT)
Lynchburg Bowdoin and Wisconsin–Oshkosh 854
2011
Details
Ohio Wesleyan (2) 2–1 Calvin Montclair State and Oneonta State 579
2012
Details
Messiah (9) 5–1 Ohio Northern Loras and Williams 605
2013
Details
Messiah (10) 2–1
(2OT)
Rutgers–Camden Loras and Williams 639
2014
Details
Kansas City, MO Tufts 4–2 Wheaton (IL) Ohio Wesleyan and SUNY Oneonta 750
2015
Details
Amherst 2–1 Loras Calvin and SUNY Oneonta 2,247

Schools ranked by titles[edit]

Source = [3]

Rank School #
1 Messiah 10
2 UNC Greensboro 5
3 Babson 3
3 UC San Diego 3
5 Lock Haven 2
5 Ohio Wesleyan 2
5 Rowan (Glassboro State) 2
5 Wheaton (IL) 2
9 Tufts University 1
9 Stockton University 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Division III Men's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/sports/soccer-men/d3
  3. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/history/soccer-men/d3

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