Opening as the No. 20 seed in the 20-team finals, defending champion Lindsey Wilson began the title defense of its NAIA men's title with a 3-1 win over Judson Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Blue Raiders had to play on the opening day for the first time since the NAIA expanded to a 20-team field in 2003. They had to forfeit five wins for using an ineligible player in their first six games. The Blue Raiders lost the other game and had rebounded from a 0-6 start to enter the national championships with an 11-9-0 record.
Nathan Jafta, Tiyselan Shipalane and Carnell Learmond scored against Judson. The win set up a date for Lindsey Wilson on Thursday against No. 4 seed Rio Grande.