Men's Soccer to Host NCAA Tournament Games

Monday, November 10, 2014
 

Field hockey honors ECAC bids

NCAA bracket The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team returned home yesterday with the Centennial Conference trophy in tow – and home is where the Mules will stay for the NCAA Tournament.

Muhlenberg was selected to host the first two rounds of the 61-team NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend and will play Baruch in a first-round game on Saturday. The other first-round game matches Coast Guard against Catholic.

The winners meet on Sunday, with the winner of that game advancing to the “Sweet 16.”

This is Muhlenberg’s 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Mules made the field, in 2010, they advanced to – and hosted – the “Sweet 16” after upsetting Stevens in the second round. Muhlenberg has an all-time record of 8-13-3 in NCAA Tournament games, reaching the national semifinals in 1995.

The Mules (14-1-2), ranked ninth in the country by D3soccer.com, won their sixth CC championship over the weekend and enter the NCAAs on a seven-game winning streak. Their lone loss came in double overtime to Franklin & Marshall, another one-loss CC team. Both F&M and Dickinson earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.

Baruch (12-5-2) won its third straight City University of New York Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. The Bearcats, who are undefeated in their last nine games, are 0-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Muhlenberg has played Baruch once before, winning 4-2 in a 2009 meeting.

Muhlenberg is undefeated (10-0-1) at Varsity Field this season and received great fan support during the CC playoffs at Franklin & Marshall.

“For all our fans, we have to thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” said senior Lance Dotzman. “They won the championship with us. We want all them to come out and bring the noise.”
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