NCAA Division III Men's Final Four

[PREVIEW] Defending champion Messiah heads the field for the NCAA Division III finals, which begin Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. The Falcons face Williams, another perennial Division III power, while Dominican (Ill.) and Calvin, both making their first appearances in the semifinals, meet in the other game. For a look at the four teams ...

Thursday's Semifinals
Messiah (22-1-0) vs. Williams (16-2-3)
Dominican (Ill.) (19-1-3) vs. Calvin (17-4-3)

MESSIAH.
This year: Brad McCarty hasn't done too badly for his first year on the job. The Falcons are 22-1-0, having clinched their sixth straight final four appearance with a 2-1 victory against Rochester. Geoff Pezon, Joshua Wood and Nick Thompson have combined for 51 goals. History: Messiah has won six national titles, all in the last nine years.

WILLIAMS.

This year: The Ephs won their last two games in a shootout to advance to the final four. Charlie Romero leads Williams with 12 goals, including eight game-winners. History: Fifty years ago, Williams was one of the eight teams invited to participate in the first NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Ephs won their only D3 title in 1995.

DOMINICAN (ILL.)
This year: The Stars punched their ticket to San Antonio with a 2-0 win over the Whitworth, their third straight shutout victory over a ranked team. Michael Kapusta leads Dominican with nine goals and 11 assists. History: Dominican has never played in the final four.

CALVIN.
This year: The Knights advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory over Transylvania. Ryan Bratt, Calvin's goalie in the shootout, was the third-string goalkeeper for much of the year behind Jared Rushlau and Michael Dolan but was pressed into starting duty in Calvin's regular-season because of injuries to both Rushlau and Dolan.  History: Calvin is making its first ever trip to the final four.

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