November 15, 2010
BC, Brown, Dartmouth, Provi and UConn earn bids
INDIANAPOLIS--- Boston College, Brown, Dartmouth and Providence, along with 11th seeded Connecticut have been drawn into the NCAA Division I Menís Soccer Championship Tournament.
The Huskies have earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of the Boston College/Brown match on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies will be making their 31st overall and 13th consecutive NCAA appearance.
Brown (11-3-3), out of the Ivy League, will host the ACCís Boston College (10-4-5) on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The winner will travel to Storrs, Conn. on Sunday for the second round match-up.
UConn has been ranked in the top-10 of the nation since September and currently has a 12-2-5 overall record this season. The Huskies have limited their opponents to a total of six goals all season and have not given up more than one goal to an opponent in any game this year.
The Huskies finished the regular season with an 11-2-4 overall record before defeating DePaul 2-0 in the first round of the Big East Tournament. In the Big East quarterfinals, UConn battled Cincinnati to a 1-1 double-overtime tie on the road but fell to the Bearcats 4-1 in a shootout to eliminate the Huskies from conference tournament action.
The Eagles enter the single-elimination national tournament with a 10-4-5 record. BC earned the Atlantic Coast Conferenceís No. 5 seed after concluding the league regular season with a 2-2-4 record.
Thursdayís match will be the 26th meeting between the two schools, yet the first in NCAA Tournament competition. BC is 10-12-3 against Brown in the series, including a 9-6-2 record under head coach Ed Kelly. The teams last met on Sept. 23, 2008, a 1-0 Brown victory at the Newton Campus Field.
The winner advances to face No. 11 Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Providence, runners up in the Big East, after falling in penalty kicks to Louisville In Sundayís Championship game will play St. Peterís on Thursday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the first-ever NCAA Tournament match at Providenceís Glay Field. It also will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Providence College was one of 26 at-large teams selected for the Tournament. It marks fifth NCAA Tournament all-time for the Friars and the first since 2007. In addition, Providence has earned an NCAA Tournament berth four times in the last six years under Head Coach Chaka Daley.
Dartmouth (10-6-1) will be on the road again this year, heading to #13 Monmouth (14-1-4), which just won its second consecutive NEC Championship. The Big Green and the Hawks have never played before and will square off on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 noon. The winner advances to play at #9 seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
This marks Dartmouth's sixth NCAA appearance in the last seven years, with three straight at-large bids, and the sixth appearance under head coach Jeff Cook.
The NCAA Menís Tournament Bracket