The third edition of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament begins today, and if the two years prior have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.
Six teams are part of the field for the three-round event, played at campus sites. Today’s first round sees No. 3 University of New England (17-6-2) hosting No. 6 Wentworth (8-13-4), and No. 4 Nichols (11-11-3) entertaining No. 5 Endicott (15-8-2).
No. 1 Salve Regina (17-6-2) and No. 2 Curry (16-6-3) received first-round byes and will host semifinal games Saturday. The winner of the March 2 championship gets an auto-bid to the NCAA tournament.
In each of the first two years, a No. 5 seed reached the final. Last year it was Nichols, which went on to paste UNE, 8-3. The year before, top-seeded Endicott got a goal from Cam Bleck with 9 seconds left in regulation to beat UNE, 5-4.