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posted 05.16.2011 at 2.55 p.m. by Paul Ohanian

And Then There Were Four

With the NCAA Division III women's regionals in the books, the match-ups are now set for Saturday's national semifinals, to be hosted by Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. Surprisingly, with familiar names like Salisbury, Hamilton and Franklin & Marshall eliminated, only one of the four remaining teams returns from last year.

The first semifinal, scheduled for 5 p.m., pits Bowdoin (17-3) against the College of New Jersey (20-0). That game will be followed by SUNY Cortland (21-1) against Gettysburg (17-4) at 8 p.m. The winners meet on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the national championship game.

Gettysburg, which upended defending national champion Salisbury 14-13 on Sunday, is the only returnee among this year's final four. The Bullets return to the semifinals for the fifth time in six years, but are still chasing their first championship.

SUNY Cortland is making its second national semifinal appearance and first since 2006. The Red Dragons disposed of Colby 15-4 in Sunday's regional final and bring a school-record 19-game winning streak into Saturday's game. Their only loss came back on March 13 against New Jersey.

Bowdoin is making its first-ever semifinal appearance, and punched its ticket with a 9-6 win over previously undefeated Trinity (CT) in the regional final. The Polar Bears of Brunswick, Maine have won nine of their last 10 and have set a new school-record for wins this season.

The College of New Jersey is now the nation's only remaining unbeaten, but had to rally twice from five-goal deficits to overcome F&M 14-13 in Sunday's regional final. The Lions are the most decorated team in Division III history, with 13 national titles, but are seeking their first crown since 2006.