WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College, the fifth-ranked and New England Small College Athletic Conference champions, received an opening round bye and will begin NCAA Division III Tournament play next Sunday in the second round
Should the Mules advance past the second round, Colby will play the winner of the Denison College/Brockport State game in the third round.
Colby received an automatic bid to the national tourney after Sunday's 13-9 win over Trinity College in the NESCAC championship game.
Besides Colby and Middlebury, the NESCAC has Trinity, Hamilton College, and Wesleyan University heading to the national tourney.
COLBY'S NCAA APPEARANCES
Plymouth State, 21-5 win, first round
Bowdoin, 11-8 loss, second round
Eastern Connecticut, 19-3 win, first round
Hamilton, 13-6 loss, second round
Middlebury, 9-3 loss, second round
Southern Maine, 16-5 win, first round
Cortland, 10-9 win, second round
Hamilton, 14-9 loss, quarterfinal
Norwich, 17-4 win, first round
Hamilton, 6-5 win, second round
Cortland, 15-4 loss, quarterfinal
Endicott, 21-5 win, first round
Messiah, 16-5 win, second round
Trinity, 7-5 loss, quarterfinal
Lasell, 19-3 win, first round
College of New Jersey, 11-9 loss, second round
Plymouth State, 16-5 win, first round
Williams, 8-6 win, second round
Cortland, 16-7 loss, quarterfinal