YORK, PA – After a five-year absence, the York College women's soccer team returns to the NCAA tournament. The Spartans will travel to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to open the tournament with a match against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, November 16 as announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon.
The 12-4-3 Spartans last made the NCAA Tournament in 2007 when they advanced to the Division III Sweet 16. Ironically, the last time York made the tournament, Johns Hopkins was also in the same sectional at Richard Stockton College.
The Spartans earned the tournament berth after their stirring Capital Athletic Conference championship game penalty kick victory over Christopher Newport. The Spartans earned their second conference title thanks to a 1-0 win in penalties.
The Tartans enter the tournament with a mark of 9-4-2 as they earned a Pool C at-large bid out of the University Athletic Association. Carnegie Mellon enters the tournament having lost two straight, falling to Rochester and Emory to end their regular season.
Hopkins enters the sectional as one of the top teams in the country. The Blue Jays are 18-1-1 and won the Centennial Conference championship for the ninth time in program history. The Blue Jays will be making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and boast an overall record of 14-10-2 in the tournament. The Blue Jays have three Elite Eight appearances and two other Sweet 16 berths.
Brooklyn earned their way into the NCAA Tournament after winning the CUNYAC against top-seeded Staten Island. The Bulldogs downed the Dolphins 3-1 in the conference championship game on Saturday. The tournament berth comes in just Brooklyn's second year as a varsity squad. Brooklyn enters the tournament with a mark of 15-3.
The Spartans went 1-2-1 against the three NCAA Tournament teams they faced in 2013. The Green and White tied and lost against Christopher Newport, defeated Elizabethtown and lost at Scranton.
Tournament game times and ticket information will be released in the next 24 hours. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for complete coverage of the Spartans' trip to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.