College Hockey:
Five get byes as Division III men’s NCAA bracket revealed

St. Norbert, Plattsburgh State, Oswego State, Elmira and Adrian earned first-round byes as the 2011 NCAA Division III men’s tournament bracket was revealed Monday.

Hamline, Wisconsin-Superior, Curry, Norwich, Neumann and Bowdoin also earned spots in the field of 11. Those schools will play first-round games Wednesday, with the winners advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Get the full bracket on our NCAA Division III tournament page.

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  • J. Guidotti

    NU grad and fan. Foolish system. Castleton clearly gets a raw deal. Add the 12th team goodness gracious. These NCAA agencies and committees consistently demonstrate weak leadership.

    • JW

      As they do with DI, I would like to see the committee’s reasoning behind their selections and home ice awards.

  • CleverREP

    Just sad, no St.Thomas (Minnesota) this year.

    • JW

      They didn’t deserve it this year

  • RoscoeRaider

    MSOE 2012!

  • joey

    babson beat castleton pretty easily in the ECAC playoffs

    • Srlvb

      I don’t think so as Castleton had Babson on the ropes late into the game and lady luck was not in Castleton’s corner.Babson played very well but to say they beat Castleton easily is far from reality.

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  • Mmcg25

    Seems silly not to include a 12th team

    • Dyce

      Under the number of programs:tourney size ratio used throughout DIII sports, men’s hockey should actually count their blessings that they’re allowed an 11th. The ratio is 6.5 per tourney slot, which works out to 10.9 berths for the 71 teams in DIII hockey; the NCAA usually rounds down in these circumstances, but has apparently decided things are close enough to warrant the 11th. I would suspect potential ill feelings if Lebanon Valley’s departure were to hose the rest of the division plays into it, as well.

  • JW

    I don’t know why # 9 Hamline has to travel to # 13 Superior for the opening round. Hamline is ranked higher, has a better record, were the Conference Champs and Playoff Champs, and also beat Superior this year 4-1.

    • Dyce

      Per various comments in the forum and on other websites, Hamline will not have ice available. Their arena is not owned by the school, and its ice has been melted to prepare for an expo this weekend. The NCAA will only play games at sites that have submitted bids, and Warner did not, for obvious reasons.

    • Andy

      You called it. Hamline beat UWS again. St Norbert does deserve to host the next game though.

  • RVT

    GO Adrian College Bulldogs…bring on Elmira and show em’ how we do it here in the Midwest!

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