A new NCAA Division III men's champion will be crowned as the four finalists -- unbeaten Calvin, Amherst, Loras and Oneonta State -- have never won the title. Play begins with the semifinals Friday at
Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
Calvin, which will be making its third appearance in the semifinals, produced the first 20-win campaign in school history. Its only blemish in 25
games was a 0-0 tie with Endicott in its season opener. Niko Giantsopoulos
is second in the nation with a goals-against-average of 0.204.
Amherst is also playing in its third
semifinal, having previously reached the final four in 1997 and 2008. It is led by goalkeeper Thomas Bull
, who has 15 shutouts this season and 49 for his career, a new NCAA Division III men's
Oneonta previously advanced to the final four in 2011, and again last year when the Red Dragons fell to Wheaton (Ill.), 3-2 in the semifinals. Dylan Williams
overtime goal gave Oneonta State, a Division II runner-up in 1972, the 1-0 win over Haverford in the quarterfinals.
Loras earned its third bid to the final four in the last four years and
fifth since 2007 following a 2-1 overtime victory over Wheaton in the quarterfinals. Jorge Simon
(19 points), Alex Bradley
(18) and Johnny Rummelhart
(17) lead a balanced
attack. NCAA Division III Men's Tournament: QUARTERFINALS
Calvin 1 Kenyon 0
Oneonta State 1 Haverford 0
Amherst 1 Trinity (Texas) 0
Loras 2 Wheaton (Ill.) 1
vs. Oneonta State (19-3-1)
Loras (17-4-1) vs. Calvin (24-0-1) Final four will be played in Kansas City, Missouri.