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West Chester makes NCAA DII tournament field for first time in 14 years

West Chester was the lone DII school from the region to earn a NCAA berth

West Chester midfielder Sami Phelps controls the ball in an exhibition game against La Salle
Matt Ralph

West Chester earned an at-large bid and the fourth seed in the Atlantic Region in the upcoming NCAA Division II tournament.

The Golden Rams (11-4-3) will travel to West Virginia to take on top-seeded Charleston on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinal.

It’s the first appearance for the program since 2002 when they were knocked out on penalty kicks after a draw against East Stroudsburg. The Golden Rams made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in the ‘60s and early ‘70s before Division II and III were created, winning a national championship in 1961 with a 2-0 win over Saint Louis in the final.

West Chester is the lone team from the region in the field of 38.

Millersville, which knocked West Chester out in the PSAC semifinals, failed to get an at-large berth after losing to Mercyhurst in the PSAC final. Mercyhurst earned a No. 2 seed in the same region and would face the winner of West Chester and Charleston if they are able to get past third-seeded Urbana.

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