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Haverford, F&M advance in NCAA Division III Tournament

Haverford College and Franklin & Marshall advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III tournament with wins over the weekend.

Sam Yarosh, of Haverford, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Sam Yarosh, of Haverford, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year
David Sinclair

Haverford College's men's soccer team is heading to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history after a 2-1 win over Washington and Lee at home on Sunday afternoon.

The Fords (17-3) held a 1-0 lead after a Will Corkery goal from the penalty spot in the closing seconds of the first half and Max Krieg's first career goal in the 78th minute held up as the winner after Andrew Kim pulled a goal back for Washington and Lee in the 86th minute.

The win was the 15th in a row for seventh-ranked Haverford and snapped a nine-match winning streak for the Generals, which came in ranked No. 23 in the national polls. The Fords will host St. Lawrence on Saturday.

Joining the Fords in the Sweet 16 will be another local school in Franklin & Marshall, which advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year with a 3-1 win over Gordon College in Lancaster Sunday night.

Junior Jeremy Levine scored the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute and assisted on Chase TenBrook's opening goal in the fourth minute. Janse Schermerhorn added an insurance goal in the 60th minute.

The Diplomats (17-3) won their opening round match with a 5-1 win over Babson at home on Saturday with two goals from Alex Bilodeau and goals from Jason Tonelli, Ryan Fincher and Dave Martin. Reserve goalkeeper Josh Gotlib, who played six games for the Philadelphia Union Academy U-18 team in 2013-14, didn't see action in either match.

Franklin & Marshall will travel to Delaware, Ohio to play the nation's No. 1 team in Calvin College on Saturday.

Rutgers-Camden falls in second round; Eastern, Cabrini and Rowan suffer first-round losses

Other area teams Rutgers-Camden, Eastern, Cabrini and Rowan were eliminated from the tournament over the weekend.

Cabrini were knocked out with a 3-1 loss to Morrisville State in Morrisville, New York on Thursday night. The Cavaliers ended the season with a 15-3-3 record, claiming their most victories since 2009.

Rowan University's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament ended in heartbreak as Dickinson scored a golden goal in overtime to defeat the Profs, after they had tied the game with 2:24 left on a goal from forward Travis Ward.

Eastern lost in double overtime to Rutgers-Camden on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (16-3-2) took the lead in the 11th minute on a penalty kick from Jadon Ramsing, but the Scarlet Raptors tied it in the 28th minute on Grant Taylor's third goal of the season and Conor Hurff won it in the 103rd minute with his eighth goal of the year and the 26th shot of the game for the Scarlet Raptors.

Rutgers-Camden fell short in its attempt to return to the NCAA Division III finals it advanced to in 2013 when No. 8 Oneonta scored a goal in each half to beat the Scarlet Raptors 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Rutgers-Camden ended the season with a 14-8-2 record and a 7-6-2 record against teams that were either ranked in the national polls or received votes in the polls.