NCAA BOUND: Men's Soccer to Battle Tufts In NCAA Championship Tournament First Round

NCAA BOUND: Men's Soccer to Battle Tufts In NCAA Championship Tournament First Round

Springfield, Mass. - November 7, 2016 - For the first time since 2011, the Springfield College men's soccer team will enter the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament, and will travel to Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. to take on Tufts on Saturday, November 12.

The Pride, which is currently 18-1-1 and ranked No. 20 in the D3Soccer.com National Rankings, earned an automatic qualification into the NCAA Tournament after claiming the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Wheaton.

It has been a historical season for the Pride, as Springfield College's 18 wins is a new program record, breaking the previous record of 17 wins set in 1989. Additionally, the maroon and white is amidst a seven-match win streak, and has set the Division III program record for goals in a single season (69). 

Tufts, a team which earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament after falling to Bowdoin, 2-1, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals, holds a record of 9-5-2 heading into the tournament.

The winner between Springfield College and Tufts on Saturday will advance to take on the winner of the Rowan University and Lehman College matchup.  Rowan is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men's Soccer National Rankings. The Profs, which are 16-2-1 on the year, fell to Montclair State, 3-0, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Semifinals.  Lehman enters the national tournament on a seven-match winning streak and owns a 10-3-3 mark on the year.  The Lightning earned the CUNYAC automatic qualifier after besting Hunter, 2-1, in the conference championship.