Division III Semifinal Matchups SetApril 9th, 2022 at 10:08PM April 10th, 2022 3:09AM
The Division III semifinal matchups are set. After all 12 teams played 3 round robin games each, 4 teams earned byes to the 2nd round of the brackets, while the other 8 played a 1st round game.
Here is a preview of the Division III semifinal matchups:
Endicott vs. Ohio State
Endicott reaches the semifinals unbeaten in regulation, with the only blemish on their week so far being their opening game against Tampa, which ended in a 2-1 shootout loss. After warming up, Endicott went on to win their next 2 round robin games, a 9-1 win against UC Santa Barbara and a 4-3 overtime win against Ohio State. Earning the #1 seed in Pool A earned Endicott a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and then defeated Temple 4-1 in the Elite Eight matchup.
Ohio State was also in Pool A, and faced Endicott in round robin play. That 4-3 overtime loss is the only loss for the Buckeyes this week. Ohio State defeated UC Santa Barbara 2-1, Tampa 4-2, and in their first playoff game after a 1st round bye, Florida State by a score of 5-2.
Other than the round robin 4-3 overtime game in this year’s events, these 2 teams have not played each other since April 2019, when Endicott defeated Ohio State 7-0 en route to their Division III National Championship in Rochester, New York. These are very different rosters than 3 seasons ago, so look for a great game, perhaps another overtime?
Cortland vs. Arizona
Cortland reaches the semifinals a perfect 4-0, 3 round robin wins against Florida State (8-0), North Texas (10-4), and Temple (7-5). Cortland earned a #1 seed in Pool B and a 1st round bye with that perfect round robin record, and defeated Boston by a score of 7-4 in their Elite Eight matchup.
Arizona is also undefeated so far this week, defeating Colorado 2-1 in OT, Maryville 8-0, Boston 5-2, and after a 1st round bye, defeating Tampa in a big way by a score of 8-2. That’s an unreal 5 goals against in 4 games, leading all Division III teams.
The last time these 2 teams met was at the 2016 National Collegiate Roller Hockey Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That game ended in a 6-1 Cortland win in round robin, and Cortland went on to finish as Division II runner-up to UMass, losing in the championship game by a score of 2-1.