The south seems to have the tougher of the teams this year. Having said that, it’s not a cake walk for any north squad. Now to business.
Springfield @ #7 Cortland
Cortland should take this game pretty easily. The common opponent was WNE who Cortland beat. Springfield went 0-3 against playoff teams losing to Naz, Middlebury and WNE. Cortland went 5-0 versus playoff teams beating WNE, Montclair St, Gettysburg, Nazareth and St Lawrence.
Prediction: Cortland 16-4
#12 Western New England @ #13 Tufts
Tufts crushed WNE earlier in the season 13-4. Both beat Bowdoin and Bates. WNE has faced 4 playoff teams going 1-3 with a win over Springfield and losses to Tufts, Naz and Cortland. Tufts played 6 playoff teams this season going 4-2 with losses to Wesleyan and Middlebury. The Jumbos had wins over Haverford, Mount Ida, Wesleyan and WNE
Prediction: Tufts 13-6
#18 Saint Lawrence @ #2 Middlebury
Both teams beat Skidmore and RPI. Middlebury was 2-2 versus playoff teams beating Springfield, and W&L while losing to Wesleyan twice. St Lawrence was 1-2 against playoff teams beating only Naz while losing to Cortland and Haverford.
Prediction: Middlebury 14-8
Eastern Connecticut @ #17 Wesleyan
In common opponents, Wesleyan beat Trinity and Montclair who beat ECSU and both beat Western Conn and the US Merchant Marines. ECSU was 1-2 against playoff teams losing to Montclair and Salisbury while beating Mount Ida. Wesleyan was 5-1 against playoff teams this season with a loss to Tufts and wins over Middlbury (twice), US Merchant Marines and Montclair.
Prediction: Wesleyan 13-3
#11 Denison @ #1 Roanoke
Common: Both teams beat Lynchburg, St. Marys and Kenyon. However Randolph Macon beat Denison. Noke went 2-1 against playoff squads beating W&L and Cabrini while losing an ODAC final to W&L. Denison was 1-1 against playoff teams losing to Stevenson and beating OWU.
Prediction: Roanoke 16-12
#10 Washington And Lee @ #6 Gettysburg
Both squads beat Hamden-Sydney in common matchups. W&L was 2-2 versus playoff teams beating US Merchant Marines and Roanoke while losing to Noke in the regular season and Middlebury. Gettysburg was 3-3 against playoff teams beating Salisbury, OWU and Haverford while losing to Haverford, Stevenson and Cortland.
Prediction: Gettysburg 12-10
#14 Cabrini @ #4 Stevenson
Cabrini lost to Lynchburg and Gettysburg and both teams beat Widener in common matchups. Stevenson was 2-1 against playoff teams beating Salisbury and Gettysburg but lost in the CAC’s to Salisbury. Cabrini was 2-2 versus playoff teams beating FDU and Haverford and losing to Gettysburg and Roanoke.
Prediction: Stevenson 15-10
#5 Salisbury @ #8 Haverford
Both squads lost to Gettysburg but the Fords beat the Bullets in the regular season and both teams beat WAC. Against playoff teams, Haverford was 3-2; beating FDU, St Lawrence and Gettysburg while losing to Cabrini and Gettysburg. Salisbury was 3-2 versus playoff teams by beating Stevenson, Eastern Conn and OWU. The Gulls were defeated by Stevenson and Gettysburg.
Prediction: Salisbury 14-7