LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall is set to travel to Williamsport for this weekend's NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament, in a regional pod hosted by Lycoming. The Diplomats (11-5-2) open competition by facing Drew (19-0-1) in the First Round on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Host Lycoming (18-2) will take on Lehman (13-4-1) in the other contest at 11:00 a.m., with the winner of both games set for a 1:00 p.m. Second Round match on Sunday.
Ticket information for this weekend will be posted on GoDiplomats.com as it becomes available.
How F&M Got Here: F&M went 2-0 at last weekend's Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, including a 1-0 shutout against Dickinson in the CC Final to clinch the program's second Centennial Crown.
The win delivered the Diplomats an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, where F&M holds an 11-7 all-time record in seven appearances. The Diplomats are one of just five programs in the country to advance to four straight Sweet 16's, joining Trinity (Texas), Kenyon, Amherst, and Brandeis.
A Look at the Pod: The Diplomats open against Drew, who earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 with a 3-1 win over Elizabethtown in the Landmark Championship, for the third all-time meeting and first since 1996.
Lycoming stunned No. 1 Messiah by a 2-1 tally in the MAC Commonwealth Championship to garner an automatic NCAA bid. The Title was the third in the last five years for the Warriors, who are led by six First Team All-MAC Commonwealth selections.
Lehman, who hails from Bronx, N.Y., earned the City University of New York Athletic Conference Championship with a 3-1 win over John Jay to land the automatic qualifier. The Lightning are making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second straight after dropping a First Round match to Rowan last season.