INDIANAPOLIS – The Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team garnered its fourth selection to the NCAA Tournament – and first since 2012 – when the NCAA Selection Committee announced its field of 48 teams Monday evening.
Southern New Hampshire (14-2-5), which punched its ticket Sunday after defeating Franklin Pierce University, 2-1, to capture its second Northeast-10 title and the league's automatic qualifier, earns the East Region's No. 3 seed and will travel to Mercy College to take on sixth-seeded Georgian Court University (16-3-2) on Friday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m.)
The winner of the SNHU/GCU match will meet second-seeded Mercy (16-3-0) on Sunday, Nov. 12 (12 p.m.). The victor from that match will head to the highest remaining seed from the East Region to battle either top-seeded Adelphi University, fourth-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post or the No. 5 seed, Franklin Pierce University, which all battle it out at Adelphi's Motamed Field for the right to play in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 17.
The quarterfinal round will take place at the same sites as the third round Nov. 19, while the semifinals and final will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., hosted by Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Sports Commission.
SNHU will be making its fourth appearance, overall, in the NCAA Tournament and first since it last won the NE10 Championship in 2012. The Penmen, who are officially 0-2-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, will be in search of their first victory in the Big Dance, as they meet Georgian Court for the first time. SNHU is 2-0-0 all-time versus the Lions, but the two teams have not met since Sept. 16, 2007. The Penmen are also 2-0-0 lifetime against Mercy, which it defeated, 2-1, on Oct. 25 of this season.
Continue to check SNHUPenmen.com and all of the Penmen social media outlets for more information on the NCAA Division II East Regional.
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