Thomas men’s soccer team earns berth in NCAA tourney

Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 6:42 p.m.

North Atlantic Conference champion Thomas College will face regional host Williams College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tourney Saturday in Williamstown, Mass., in a bracket announced Monday by the NCAA.

Thomas earned the berth with a 4-0 win Saturday over Husson University in the NAC tourney while Williams, ranked ninth nationally, received an at-large berth after finishing second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference tourney.

Thomas earned its first NCAA berth in 2010, losing in the first round to William Patterson University.

“We are really excited to have won the NAC and be a part of the national tournament,” Thomas coach Chris Parsons said in a press release. “It is a great opportunity to play against a nationally ranked team.”

Williams is making its 17th NCAA appearance in 20 years, most recently making the tournament in 2010.

Eastern Connecticut will face off against St. Lawrence in the other matchup at Williams at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s winners meet in the second round at noon Sunday at Williams.

Bowdoin teams in NCAA tourneys

The Bowdoin College women’s soccer team netted its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2007 in selections announced Monday. Bowdoin’s volleyball team and field hockey team also received at-large bids in their respective NCAA tourneys.

Bowdoin’s women’s soccer team (11-3-3) earned an at-large bid after finishing second in the NESCAC tourney. Bowdoin will face Scranton (9-7-4) in the opening round at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a regional hosted by Ithaca College. The host Bombers will play UMass-Boston in the other first round contest that day. Winners will meet in the second round at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bowdoin’s volleyball team (26-4) will travel to New London, Conn., for a regional at Connecticut College that begins on Friday. Bowdoin will face Emerson (19-10) at a to-be-determined time on Friday afternoon in the opening round. The second round is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and regional final for Sunday.

Bowdoin’s field hockey team (14-3) will host State University of New York at New Paltz (16-4) in an opening round game on Wednesday. If victorious, the Polar Bears will advance to a regional at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., where they will play 20th-ranked MIT, which received a first-round bye, on Saturday.

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