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Nov. 7, 2022 — Ask not for whom the bubble bursts

Last evening, the fields for the 2022 Division I and Division III field hockey tournaments were released. The roads to Storrs and Glassboro have been set out for the 18 Division I and 26 Division II sides.

While there are plenty of good teams in both divisions, there is discussion surrounding a sizable number of teams which were not selected for the postseason. In fact, there seems to be a bigger group of good teams who were on the bubble for the tournament, but saw their bubble burst this year.

Here are a few of them:

Harvard. The Crimson made the Final Four last year, and had a 13-4 record this year, losing in the Ivy League to Princeton by a score of 4-2. We hear that the Ivy League will be joining the other nine Division I conferences in having a postseason tournament. Such a tournament might have given Harvard one more shot as adding to its tournament resume.

Connecticut. Given the fact that the campus is to be hosting the Division I Final Four this year, I thought for sure that UConn would be bringing it this year. The problem, as it turned out, was it could not turn the Sherman Family Complex into a fortress. Connecticut was only 5-5 at home, losing the final two matches to Temple and Maryland. That really hurt the metric of how a team does in the last few games of its season.

Old Dominion. Monarch Nation is not happy. It has gotten to the point when the university’s sports information department ran a story today about how the team was “snubbed” by the tournament committee. ODU has a good argument: the team went 15-3 on the season, although the team was robbed of two chances to play against ACC sides as games with Duke and Virginia were cancelled.

Bryn Mawr. One of the oldest college field hockey programs, dating back to 1925, has been progressing well in the last few years under head coach Victor Brady. This year, the team almost captured the AQ for the Centennial Conference, but, after a 1-1 draw with Johns Hopkins, lost a penalty shootout 5-4.

Kean. Last year, the Cougars were ranked as high as No. 3 in the polls. But the team suffered an opening-day loss to Babson, then won every other game against non-NJAC opposition. Indeed, the only three defeats that Leslie LaFronz’s crew had after the first day of the season were to either Rowan ot The College of New Jersey, both of whom made the tournament.

Folks, what do you think?