As a former college athlete, I have a special place in my heart for those playing the sport they love in the collegiate ranks.
Every season I like to showcase the former high school stars that have helped bring their teams to the biggest stage in college sports, the national tournament.
So for the Division I, II and III tournaments I’ll have capsules of each team that has a local on it.
Next up is Division II. Four teams, including one top seed, has a local on it.
Number next to team name indicates national ranking via NSCAA coaches, not tournament seed
First round gets started Nov. 14/15.
Locals: Meaghan Simmonds, Mahopac, Fr., M.
How they got in: Earned an at-large bid.
Whom they face: Mercy (13-4-1)
What you need to know: Simmonds has appeared in 13 games, making five starts, for the Panthers. The rookie has averaged nearly 40 minutes a game in the matches she has played in.
BELMONT ABBEY (14-3-3)
Locals: Meghan Marcotte, Maria Regina, So., D/M.
How they got in: Earned at-large bid.
Whom they face: Pfeiffer (13-6-1)
What you need to know: Marcotte has not appeared in a game yet for the Crusadors, who will face Pfeiffer in a rematch of the Conference Carolinas’ tournament final.
NO. 23 BRIDGEPORT (17-2)
Locals: Jackie Fonseca, Harrison, So., G.
How they got in: Won the East Coast Conference.
Whom they face: Caldwell (13-5-2)
What you need to know: Fonseca has seen action in three games as the backup goalie for the Purple Knights.
NO. 4 SAINT ROSE (19-0-2)
Locals: Erin Felix, Mahopac, So., M/F.
How they got in: Won the Northeast-10 Conference.
Whom they face: The winner of Adelphi (13-2-4)/Mercy (13-4-1)
What you need to know: In her second season with the Golden Knights, Felix has seen action in six games for Saint Rose, who has conceded only three goals in 21 games this season. The Golden Knights, who made it to the Final Four last season, are the top seed in their region.