November 30, 2017 09:03 PM
If there is to be a St. John's/St. Thomas rematch this season, it will have to wait until Dec. 15 in Salem, Virginia.
That's the date and site of the Division III national title game. And both MIAC teams would have to make it that far to match up for a second time.
The first meeting - a 20-17 Tommies' victory - drew a Division III record crowd of 37,355 to Target Field on Sept. 23. But when the Division III playoff pairings were announced Sunday afternoon, the Johnnies and Tommies were placed on opposite sides of the bracket.
St. Thomas (9-1), the MIAC champion and the league's automatic postseason entrant, will play host to Upper Midwest Athletic Conference champion Eureka (8-2) at noon Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. The Johnnies (9-1) received one of five at-large bids available to the 32-team field. But they will go on the road to face North Central (9-1) at noon Saturday in Naperville, Illinois.
The St. John's/North Central winner would face the winner between Lakeland and Wisconsin-Oshkosh, last season's Division III runner-up, in the second round. The St. Thomas/Eureka winner would face the winner between Berry and Huntingdon in the second round. But that portion of the bracket also includes defending national champion Mary Hardin-Baylor, still the top-ranked team in Division III.
In Division II, meanwhile, both Minnesota State-Mankato and Winona State made the Super Region 4 playoff field.
The Mavericks (11-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation in the most recent AFCA Division II poll, are the No. 2 ranked team in the region. They host No. 7 seed CSU-Pueblo (9-2) Saturday.
Winona State (10-1) is the No. 4 seed. The Warriors play host to No. 5 seed Texas A&M-Commerce (9-1) Saturday.
Updated: November 30, 2017 09:03 PM
Created: November 12, 2017 05:13 PM
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