Women's soccer back in NCAA tournament
Hamilton College earned an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III women's soccer championship on Monday, Nov. 8.
Hamilton (9-3-3 overall) is in the national tournament for the third time. The Continentals reached the sectional finals (round of 8) at Williams College in 2007, and advanced to a sectional semifinal (round of 16) at SUNY Oneonta in 2004.
Hamilton will play Virginia Wesleyan College in a first round game at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. Johns Hopkins hosts Farmingdale State College in the opening first round contest at 5. The winners play each other in the second round at Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. All three games will be played at Homewood Field.
The Continentals were the No. 3 seed in the Liberty League tournament, but lost 3-2 in overtime at No. 2 seed Vassar College on Nov. 3. Hamilton went 4-2-1 in the league in the regular season. Regular season and tournament champion William Smith College is the other league team in the NCAA field.
Virginia Wesleyan (13-4-4) finished third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a record of 8-2-1. The Marlins tied Lynchburg College 2-2 in the conference tournament title game, but Lynchburg earned the NCAA automatic bid on penalty kicks on Nov. 6. Virginia Wesleyan is in the NCAA championship for the sixth straight year and seventh time overall.
Nationally ranked No. 14 Johns Hopkins (16-3-1) captured its sixth straight Centennial Conference tournament crown with a 3-0 win against Dickinson College on Nov. 7. The Blue Jays, who went 8-2-0 in the Centennial during the regular season, are making their sixth straight NCAA appearance and ninth overall.
Farmingdale State (17-4-0) claimed its fourth straight Skyline Conference tournament title with a 1-0 victory against Mount Saint Mary College on Nov. 6. The Rams went 9-1 in the Skyline during the regular season, and have won seven games in a row.
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