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NCAA tourney: Penn, Cabrini women & Villanova, Haverford, Cabrini men will shoot for crowns

Monday, 4th May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/4/09

    Five Philly teams got the news late Sunday of seedings in the upcoming NCAA lacrosse tournaments.

    The Penn women were named the fourth seed in the NCAA Division I tournament and are slated to play Fairfield on Sunday. The game will be held at Drexel’s Vidas Field and the time is to be determined.

    This is the third consecutive NCAA appearance for Ivy League champion Penn (13-2) and the first ever bid for the Stags (17-2). Fairfield is running an 11-game winning streak heading into its meeting with the Quakers, who fell to Northwestern in last year’s NCAA final and reached the Final Four the previous year.

    The Stags captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League regular season title for the second straight season with an undefeated 6-0 mark. Fairfield then knocked off Manhattan and Marist to capture the tournament crown and defeated Sacred Heart 16-10 on Saturday in an NCAA play-in game to earn its berth.

    In Division III, The Cabrini women’s team will play its first NCAA Tournament game since the 2005 season Wednesday at Roanoke College. Game time is also to be announced.

    The Cavaliers (12-4) are making their sixth appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue & White advanced to the national postseason five straight seasons from 2001-2005. Cabrini claimed its ninth CSAC title since 1998 with a 20-9 win at Gwynedd-Mercy College Saturday.

   On the men’s side, Villanova, Haverford College and Cabrini College each received berths by winning their respective league championships.

    In Division I, Villanova (11-5) will face No. 1 seed Virginia (13-2) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Charlottesville as the Wildcats make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

    Villanova earned an automatic bid by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Wildcats were the lowest seed to ever win the tournament after they knocked off top-seeded Hofstra and second seeded Towson.

    The only meeting between the Wildcats and Cavilers was in 1993 when Virginia topped Villanova 21-6.

    In Division III, Haverford College received a host site for a second-round game and will get the honor of meeting two-time defending national champion Salisbury State Saturday at Swan Field, at 1 p.m. The two teams received first round byes as the full 22-team field.

    Salisbury (15-3), the eight-time national champions, was the first team to lock up a spot in this year’s tournament when the Sea Gulls won their 15th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference crown. The Sea Gulls beat former No. 1 Stevenson University, 13-5, on April 19 to receive the automatic bid.

    SU will make its NCAA record 21 consecutive tournament appearance, 27th overall since the Division III tournament began 30 years ago. The Sea Gulls made four appearances in the Division II/III tournament in the 1970’s. Salisbury sports a 45-18 (.714 winning percentage) record in 27 appearances in the Division III tournament. SU won Division III national championships in 1994, ’95, ’99, 2003, ’04, ’05, ’07 and ’08. Salisbury has reached the national championship game the past six seasons.

    This will mark Salisbury’s first road, non-neutral site, NCAA tournament game since the 2002 season. The Sea Gulls lost 7-5 to Gettysburg College on the road in the national quarterfinals on May 12, 2002. Salisbury’s last NCAA tournament road victory came against Hampden-Sydney College during the same season as the Sea Gulls won 15-8 on May 8, 2002.

    Haverford (13-3) will make its second NCAA tournament appearance as the Fords were a part of last year’s field where they lost to Cabrini College, 13-10, on the road in the second round. The Fords won the Centennial Conference regular-season crown before they lost to Gettysburg College, 12-5, in the conference title game on Sunday, May 3. Haverford received one of the five Pool C bids.

    Meanwhile, Cabrini (14-3) will host Montclair State Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a first-round game. The Blue & White captured its ninth consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championship, earning a 22-8 victory against Marywood University. The Cavaliers will be making their eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


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