The University of Vermont men's soccer team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament on Monday after getting a nod from the NCAA Selection Committee. UVM will host Rider in the first round of the tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday night (Nov. 17) at Virtue Field.
The Catamounts were one of 24 teams to receive an at-large bid into the 48-team field. UVM finished the regular season with three straight wins for a 12-5-1 overall record and a 4-3-0 mark in conference play. Vermont earned the No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament and muscled a 2-1 double overtime comeback victory over Binghamton in the America East quarterfinals. UVM's run to defend its America East title fell short in the semifinal round with a 2-0 loss at No. 2 Albany.
Vermont's 13 wins this year are tied for the second most in program history. The Catamounts will be making their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and 10th overall. UVM will host a first round NCAA game for just the second time in school history and the first since beating UConn 2-0 in 1989 at Centennial Field. Vermont also advanced to the NCAA second round in 2007 after defeating Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth men's soccer team will host St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the first round of the NCAA College Cup tournament at 5 p.m. on Burnham Field.
The winner will travel to Syracuse to face the eighth seeded Orange on Sunday, Nov. 20. With a victory, the Big Green will potentially face a rematch of last year's second round match with Syracuse.
"We're excited to be able to compete," said Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men' Soccer, Chad Riley. "We don't really go into it with expectations one way or the other on who we're going to play. We just wait to find out and then we start preparing."
The Big Green clinched their third consecutive Ivy League title on Nov. 12, when Dartmouth defeated Brown, 2-0, at home on Senior Day. This season, the Big Green finished with 13 points, four wins and just one loss among the Ancient Eight teams. Dartmouth senior goalkeeper, James Hickok, is currently second in the conference in save percentage (.841) and goals-against average (0.64). The Westport, Connecticut native has posted six shutout victories in 2016 and has been backed up by a defense that has only allowed 12 goals on the season.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior Matt Danilack leads the team with 11 points and has scored three times this season. Sophomore Noah Paravicini leads the team with four goals, including the game-winner last Saturday against the Bears. This season, nine different Big Green players have found the back of the net at least once, as Dartmouth has outscored its opponents 21-12.
The Big Green are no strangers to the postseason, after advancing to the second round in last year's College Cup Tournament. Before Dartmouth lost to the Orange last year, it pulled off a dramatic 1-0 victory over Hartwick in overtime. In the 2014 College Cup, the Big Green defeated Fordham, 2-1, before falling to Providence, 3-0 in the second round.
St. Francis Brooklyn recently defeated Saint Francis to capture its third NEC title in four seasons, earning the Terriers their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Courtesy: UVM/Dartmouth Sports Information
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