Three Teams Make NCAA Tournament
By Bryson Eldridge – Co-Managing Editor
Three teams will continue their season after being selected by the selection committee into the NCAA Tournament.
Women’s soccer will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament after finishing the season 16-2-1 and winning the Landmark Championship versus Drew 1-0.
The Royals finished the season on a 10-game win streak after boasting a +17-goal differential in the months of October and November.
The Royals are no stranger to the NCAA Tournament making it the previous two seasons. The Royals will host Bowdoin in the Round of 64 at Weiss Field.
This is the second consecutive year Scranton has hosted the NCAA Tournament and senior Teresa Hegarty believes that gives the Royals a sense of home field advantage.
“It was surreal hearing our name be called as the hosts for this year’s NCAA first and second rounds. Last year, the energy that our fans brought, and the home field advantage played a part in our success, so we are extremely excited to play at Weiss this weekend,” Hegarty said.
Men’s Soccer went on an improbable run to make it to the NCAA Tournament after becoming the first fourth seed since 2010 to win the Landmark Conference Championship.
The Royals end their tournament drought as this is the first appearance in the tournament since 2016 and finished the regular season 11-6-2.
The Royals look to expand on their end of the season run that was led by their strong defensive play. The Royals only allowed more than one goal six times this season. Their offense has shown the abilities to win games led by sophomore Ciaran Corr who has ten goals on the season.
The Royals will be on the road at John Hopkins University playing John Carroll in the Round of 64.
Midfielder Nicholas Addamo has high emotions after making his first tournament but believes in the team to make a run.
“Being in the tournament is a surreal experience because I feel like we’re a great team and we’re finally being recognized as this great team competing against the best colleges around the nation. Heading our name called was exciting yet nerve wracking but all the hard work we put in was worth it because we’re with the best of the best.,” Addamo said.
Women’s Volleyball was able to clinch one of 20 at-large bids in the tournament after finishing the year 21-12.
The Royals victories over Southwestern, John Hopkins and Marymount lifted their resume to get a tournament bid over other teams.
The Royals will travel to Tufts University in Medford, MA to play St. John Fisher in the Round of 64.
Senior captain Caleigh Cox believes the experience from last year’s tournament will benefit this year’s team.
“We are excited to prove how hard we have been working all season and to show how much we have grown the past couple of months. Going to NCAA’s last year was such a memorable experience and we are so thrilled to be able to do it again and face some great competition,” Cox said.