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Little East Conference Programs NCAA Bound!

Field Hockey | NCAA Tournament Bracket  |  Watch/Live Stats
LEC Champion: Keene State Owls 

KEENE, N.H.--For the third straight year, the Keene State College field hockey team will open the NCAA tournament at home.  The Owls will host SUNY Geneseo on November 9 at Owl Athletic Complex at 2 p.m.

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.  Those unable to make the game can watch a full broadcast here by clicking here.  Tickets are free for the first 50 students with ID courtesy of Student Assembly.

Keene State (20-3), winners of 14 straight games, is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament.  The Owls have advanced to the second round in 2011, 2013, and 2015.  KSC secured its spot in the tournament with a 5-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference championship game on Saturday.

Keene State is led by a potent offense, starting with senior All-American forward Sami Smith (35-13-83), who leads all three Divisions of the NCAA in scoring.  Other goal threats include sophomore Erica Stauffer (17-6-40), freshman Jensyn Dandeneau (12-10-34), sophomore Julia Babbitt (13-5-31), senior Brittney Cardente (7-13-27), senior Kayla Renaud (6-9-21), and junior Kendal Brown (6-8-20).

The Owls are 3-1 at home in the NCAA tournament, defeating Endicott College in 2011, Gordon College in 2013, and Husson University in 2015.  KSC fell to SUNY New Paltz in 2014.

The winner of Wednesday's game travels to Grantham, Pa., to take on No.1 Messiah College.  Other institutions in the pod include the winner of Rochester/Shenandoah and Middlebury. 

Sixteen teams will compete in eight first-round games on campus sites Wednesday, Nov. 9. The eight first-round winners, along with the eight teams that received a first-round bye, will compete at four campus sites during second/third-round play, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.


Men's Soccer | NCAA Tournament Bracket  |  Watch/Live Stats  
LEC Champion:
UMass Boston Beacons

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana —Three-time Little East Conference Tournament Champion UMass Boston men's soccer is heading to Haverford, Pennsylvania for the opening weekend of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. 

The Beacons (17-1-2) will be taking on Kean University (14-5-1) out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Saturday November 5 at Haverford at 1:30 p.m. In Saturday's other contest, Haverford College, the Centennial Conference Tournament Champion and host team, will take on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, who won the Skyline Conference Championship, at 11:30 a.m.

UMass Boston is making their third-straight and third overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. In 2014, the Beacons fell to host Nichols College 1-0, before falling to Scranton College 2-0 last year at Saint Lawrence University.

The Beacons were ranked second overall in New England in last week's NCAA Regional Rankings and #12/15 overall in the two national polls. UMass Boston downed #4 Eastern Connecticut State University 7-2 in the LEC Semifinals, before defeating second-seeded Rhode Island College 2-1 in a rematch of the 2015 LEC Finals.

Kean University will be playing their first game in 18 days on Saturday, after not qualifying for the NJAC Tournament. The Cougars went 14-5-1 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play. They ended the season on a bit of a rough patch, recording just one victory in their final four contests (1-2-1).

Kean will be making their first NCAA Tournament since 2010 and just their second this century. They do have a storied history though, with 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the NCAA Final Four and a National Championship in 1992.


Women's Soccer  |  NCAA Tournament Bracket  |  Watch/Live Stats
LEC Champion:
Western Connecticut State 

DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's soccer team will face Johns Hopkins University in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships at Homewood Field on Saturday, November 12. 

Rowan University will take on Christopher Newport University.  Winners from Saturday will meet in the second round on Sunday, November 13.  Game times for the first and second rounds will be decided upon during a conference call on Tuesday morning.

The Colonials, 15-5-2 and fresh off their ninth Little East Conference title on Saturday, will be making the program's 12th NCAA appearance.  They will face the Blue Jays (15-2-2), which is coming off a 3-1 victory over McDaniel College in the Centennial Conference Tournament title match on Sunday.


Women's Volleyball  | NCAA Tournament Bracket  |  Watch/Live Stats
LEC Champion: UMass Boston Beacons 

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The now seven-time Little East Conference Champions volleyball team have learned who they will face in the first round of the NCAA Division III regional tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Friday on the campus of Tufts University.

The Beacons, who are the fourth-seed in this year's tournament, will face the 33-0 Wildcats on Friday at 5:30 p.m.  Johnson & Wales won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) on Saturday, after defeating Rivier University, 3-1.  The two teams will face-off for the first time since the 2011 season, in Cousens Gymnasium in Medford, MA. 

The winner of that match will face the winner of the Tufts University/Maine Maritime Academy match on Saturday at 4 p.m.  This year's championship match will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Wisconsin.

The Beacons enter this year's tournament ranked ninth in the country in hitting percentage .256, and 23rd in aces per set, 2.65.  They are also sitting 25th in DIII with an opponent's hitting percentage of .106.  Senior Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) is fifth in the country in hitting percentage with a .409 clip and is 46th in total blocks with 107.  Sophomore, Eileen Shi (San Francisco, Calif.), who was named the LEC Tournament MVP, is sitting 68th in service aces with 56.  Elizabeth Glavan (Edina, Minn.) is ranked 31st in the country in total digs with 610.

Johnson & Wales, who is the only undefeated volleyball team at all three NCAA levels, has dropped just two sets all season.  All-time UMass Boston is 4-0 against the Wildcats, however Johnson & Wales enters this year's tournament as the national leader with an impressive .300 hitting percentage, while their .049 opponent hitting percentage is second in DIII.