May 5, 2013

WD2 Bracket Announcement: Pfeiffer Gets Another Chance

by Mark Macyk | | Printable Bracket (PDF)

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Pfeiffer is going to get another shot at Limestone after all.

For the past two weeks, the Falcons have only been able to wait and hope that their surprising loss to Queens in the Conference Carolinas semifinals wouldn’t be the end of their season. It turns out the rest of Pfeiffer’s resume — which included wins over Le Moyne, Florida Southern and New Haven — was good enough to earn the South Region’s final seed.

The Falcons (14-2) will meet South No. 1 Limestone (18-1) in the Conference Carolinas championship that never happened. Limestone beat Pfeiffer 11-7 during the regular season and defeated Queens 20-3 in the Conference Carolinas championship game.

Pfeiffer’s selection means nine-time South Region champion West Chester (15-4), will be sitting at home, despite winning the PSAC title on Saturday.

That PSAC title game did end up impacting the NCAA tournament. Lock Haven (15-2), which lost to WCU, will travel to No. 2 Rollins as the three seed. This will be the first NCAA home game for Rollins (15-1), which reached its first NCAA tournament last season.

There were far fewer surprises in the North Region, where everything went as expected.

Defending NCAA champion LIU Post (17-0) earned the North’s No. 1 seed. The Pioneers will host two-time NCAA champion Stonehill (13-6), which earned the fourth seed. LIU won at Stonehill, 15-12, during the regular season.

The North’s other first-round game will feature a rematch of the Northeast 10 championship, as No. 2 Le Moyne (16-2) hosts No. 3 Adelphi (17-2). The Dolphins beat Adelphi by two goals twice this season, most recently in Sunday’s NE-10 title game, 8-6.

The first round games will be played at the higher seeds on Saturday, May 11. The winners advance to the semifinals and finals, to be held May 18-19 at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.

NCAA Division II Women’s Tournament First-Round Games

Saturday, May 11
Stonehill at LIU Post, noon
Adelphi at Le Moyne, noon
Pfeiffer at Limestone, noon
Lock Haven at Rollins, 4 p.m.

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