Field announced for 2012 tournament

First-round action set to get under way Wednesday, Nov. 7

Last Updated - November 5, 2012 12:16 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS ó The NCAA Division III Field Hockey Committee announced Sunday the field of 24 teams that will compete in the 2012 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship.
Sixteen teams will compete in eight first-round games Wednesday, Nov. 7. The eight first-round winners, along with the eight teams that received a first-round bye, will compete at four campus sites during second/third-round play, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11.
The winners of the four sites will advance to the semifinals and finals Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at McCooey Field on the campus of William Smith in Geneva, N.Y. Semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, Nov. 17, with the championship game being played at 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 18.
Seventeen conferences have been awarded automatic qualification for their champions into the 2012 championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. Finally, six berths were reserved for Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champions and the remaining teams from Pool B.
Capital Athletic Conference Mary Washington
Centennial Conference Franklin & Marshall
Colonial States Athletic Conference Gwynedd-Mercy
Commonwealth Conference Messiah
Commonwealth Coast Conference Endicott
Empire 8 Utica
Freedom Conference Eastern
Landmark Catholic
Liberty League William Smith
Little East Conference Massachusetts-Dartmouth
New England Small College Athletic Conference Middlebury
New England Womenís and Menís Athletics Conference MIT
New Jersey Athletic Conference Montclair State
North Atlantic Conference Castleton
North Coast Athletic Conference DePauw
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Lynchburg
State University of New York Athletic Conference New Paltz State
Christopher Newport
Rochester (N.Y.)