YORK, PA-For the fifth consecutive season,
the York College men’s soccer squad has earned a trip to the
NCAA Division III National Championship tournament as the brackets
were announced Monday morning by the NCAA. The Spartans, who earned
an automatic bid courtesy of Saturday’s Capital Athletic
Conference championship win, have earned the right to host a pair
of first round matches and a second round match on Saturday and
The Spartans face Cazenovia in the regional’s opening match on Saturday at 11:00 am. The Spartans, who are 15-1-4, face a 12-6-1 Cazenovia team that won the NEAC crown after besting Dallas 2-1 in double overtime on Saturday. In Saturday’s second match, Amherst (11-3-1) and Salem State (9-8) play at 1:30 pm. Amherst earned an at-large “Pool C” bid while Salem State earned the Massachusetts State College Athletics Conference (MASCAC) automatic bid with their 1-0 win over Westfield State on Saturday.
Saturday’s winners will square off on Sunday at 1:00 pm with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
The Spartans have advanced to the Elite Eight in two of the last three seasons. They have been selected to host NCAA Tournament action at Graham Field in three of the last five years. The Spartans hosted in 2006, 2008, and now 2009.
York will be no stranger to a number of teams in the draw. The Spartans have played six of the 58 other teams in the tournament. York faced Medaille, Messiah, Christopher Newport, Johns Hopkins, Stevens and Salisbury during the regular season. The Spartans went 2-1-2 against those squads. York defeated Messiah and Stevens while Christopher Newport handed York its only loss of the last two seasons in early October. The Spartans tied Medaille and Salisbury during the year.
NCAA MEN’S DIVISION III SOCCER TOURNAMENT
First and Second Round Matches hosted by York College
Graham Field - York, Pa.
First Round - Saturday, November 14, 2009
11:00 am - York (Pa.) (15-1-4) vs. Cazenovia (12-6-1)
1:30 pm - Amherst (11-3-1) vs. Salem State (9-8)
Second Round - Sunday, November 15, 2009
1:00 pm - First Round winners