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    Three Teams Head to NCAA Tournament

    November 10, 2021

    The women's soccer, field hockey and women's volleyball teams are all headed to the NCAA Tournament.

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    Women's Soccer

    wsoc_ncaa_host_2021.jpgThe No. 18 University of Scranton women's soccer team (16-0-1) capped off an unbeaten regular season with a Landmark Conference championship victory on Saturday and will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history as announced on Monday afternoon.

    On Saturday, the Royals will host Nazareth (10-6-3) in a first-round matchup, while SUNY Geneseo (15-2-1) and Connecticut College (9-4-3) will do battle in the other opening-round contest. The winners of Saturday's two matches will meet in Sunday's second round to determine a spot in the Sweet 16.

    It is also one of two NCAA Tournament events to be held on Weiss Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus this week as the Royals' field hockey team will host Ursinus in a first-round game on Wednesday.

    Though this is their first time hosting an NCAA Tournament contest, the women's soccer program is making its 20th appearance in the field of 64. Scranton has advanced to the second round in each of the last three seasons with victories over Rowan (2017) and Arcadia (2018) and an advancement on penalty kicks against Centre (2019).

    Field Hockey

    fh_team_shot_ncaa_2021.jpgSophomore Elle Collins (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) scored the eventual game-winner in the 43rd minute and The No. 2 seed University of Scranton field hockey team (17-1) captured a second-straight Landmark Conference Championship with a 3-1 victory over the No. 4 seed Catholic University Cardinals (7-12) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.

    The Royals advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year after the 2019 Landmark title and the third time in program history.

    Scranton's historic season continues with their 17th victory of the year, which is a new single-season program record.

    The two-time defending Landmark Conference champion University of Scranton field hockey team (17-1) will host the Ursinus College Bears (13-5) in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Wednesday evening at Weiss Field in Scranton. Action will get underway at 5 p.m.

    Wednesday's first-round winner will advance to the second round to take on Washington & Lee at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J on Saturday.

    Admission to Wednesday's game is $5 for adults, $3 for students with school IDs and $3 for seniors 62 and older and ticket sales will be cash only.

    This marks the first-ever meeting between the Royals and Bears.

    Volleyball

    vb_team_shot_web_etown.jpgFor the first time since 2005, The University of Scranton volleyball team will play in the NCAA Tournament as the Royals earned an at-large bid to the field of 64 that was announced in a live selection show on NCAA.com on Monday afternoon.

    Scranton (25-7) will battle Wesleyan (Conn.) (17-6) on Friday at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) at a time yet to be determined.

    The winner of Friday's match will advance to play the winner of RIT and Framingham State on Saturday.

    RIT is serving as the host for the pod of eight teams that features the two afore-mentioned matchups along with Babson/Endicott and Juniata/Gallaudet.

    This is the Royals' fourth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament following 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005.

    Wesleyan is making their fourth consecutive appearance in the field and the fifth all-time in program history. In 2019, the Cardinals swept St. John Fisher in the first round before dropping a five-setter to Ithaca.

    Scranton went 25-7 in the regular season and defeated four teams that also received bids to the field of 64 in Clarkson, Ithaca (x2), Stevens and Stevenson. The Royals topped Elizabethtown in the Landmark Conference semifinals before falling to No. 9 Juniata in Saturday's Landmark championship match.

    For the Cardinals, they advanced to the NESCAC championship match before falling to Bowdoin 3-1.

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