LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall will be making its second straight NCAA appearance in the Division III men's soccer tournament at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. this weekend.
The Diplomats (15-3) received an at-large bid and are one of four schools representing the Centennial Conference (CC). F&M will face N.C. Wesleyan (16-1) in the first round on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The other first-round game features Johns Hopkins (17-3) and DeSales (10-3-2) at 5 p.m.
Saturday's winners will meet in the second round on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Bishops, currently ranked second in the latest NSCAA national coaches poll, also earned an at-large bid after falling to Greensboro 1-0 in the semifinals of the USA South Conference tournament.
Johns Hopkins posted a 4-1 decision over Gettysburg to earn the CC's automatic bid into the 57-team tournament. F&M dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Bullets in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference championships.
This marks the third overall NCAA tournament appearance for the Diplomats (1981, 2006, 2007). F&M is 1-2 in tournament play, defeating Frostburg State 1-0, but falling to Scranton 2-1 in 1981. Last year, the Diplomats fell to Arcadia 3-2 in overtime.
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