No one is all that surprised by the fact that two midwest teams took the two wildcard spots as the midwest is not only the largest region by number of teams but also the have a very level playing field full of above average teams. The midwest is far from breaking into the top echelon of teams but they do have well balanced teams.The big surprise from last night was the fact that there are 6 Midwest teams in Division One, that was a surprise to many of us.
The usual suspects from the South ULM and ULL are in D-1, FSC from the East is of course in D-1 and looks to have a good shot at winning it all this year, FSC is joined by fellow instate rival Rollins as well as Alabama to give the Eastern region the second most teams in D-1. The Western region was victorious at All Stars this past spring but was only able to get the Regional champion Sun Devils of ASU into D-1. Three regions, West, East, South Central altogether are sending 6 of the 12 teams, while the Midwest makes up the other 6 teams. Wisconsin La Crosse who made their first nationals last year, won the Midwest Regional to get the automatic berth and is seeded 3rd, is accompanied by fellow midwest schools Purdue, Miami of Ohio, Kansas, Cincinnati and Iowa State. The Midwest is balanced but does not have the top talent that it takes to get on top of the leader board.
It will be interesting to see if the other regions are happy with how this has played out this year and if this system will continue next year or if we will go back to the top 3 from each region making it to D-1 and the rest going into D-2. I would bet that the Western Region at the very least is unhappy with how this has played out.
Division One listed in seeding order
Rest of the D-1 teams and D-2 after the jump.
Miami of Ohio
Division Two listed in seeding order
San Diego State