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Area college programs prepare for D1 and D3 NCAA Tournament

Messiah, West Chester University and Franklin & Marshall will all host games this weekend

Matt Ralph

Messiah’s No. 1-ranked men’s team, both West Chester University teams and Franklin & Marshall’s men will all be starting their NCAA Tournament campaigns at home this weekend as the national tournaments for Division II and Division III open.

Messiah, the defending national champions on the men’s side, open the D3 tournament on Saturday morning at home against Baruch. The Falcons finished the regular season at 16-0-3 and ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The women’s team from Messiah is traveling to Rochester, New York to open the tournament on Saturday morning against Centenary.

Millersville and West Chester University also have both teams still with games to play in the D2 tournament. The Millersville men are playing defending champions Charleston in West Virginia on Saturday afternoon while the women travel to Bloomsburg to play East Stroudsburg on Friday afternoon. The West Chester women are hosting the winner of Kutztown and West Virginia Wesleyan at Rockwell Field on Sunday at noon, a day after the men host Notre Dame Ohio at 1 p.m.

Wilmington University plays Le Moyne on Friday afternoon in Syracuse in the other D2 tournament game with local implications.

A dozen games in the men’s and women’s D3 Tournaments will feature teams from the greater Philadelphia region.

In addition to both of Messiah’s teams, Cabrini, Rowan, Susquehanna, Penn State Berks and Arcadia are all playing Saturday in the women’s tournament while Haverford, Elizabethtown, Franklin & Marshall, Eastern and Penn State Abington are playing Saturday in the men’s tournament.

Below is a schedule of all the games in both D2 and D3 that involve teams from the area. For more information, visit www.ncaa.com.

Division II Tournament

Women
11/9 - Millersville (No. 4) vs East Stroudsburg (No. 5), 2 p.m. in Bloomsburg, Pa.
11/11 - West Chester (No. 2) vs winner of Kutztown (No. 3) vs West Virginia Wesleyan (No. 6), noon in West Chester, Pa.

Men
11/9 - Wilmington (5) vs Le Moyne (4), 1 p.m. in Syracuse, N.Y.
11/10 - Charleston (1) vs Millersville (4), 1 p.m. in Charleston, W.V.
11/10 - West Chester (2) vs Notre Dame (Ohio) (3), 1 p.m. in West Chester, Pa.

Division III Tournament

Women
11/10 - Cabrini vs Johns Hopkins, 5 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
11/10 - Rowan vs Misericordia, 7:30 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
11/10 - Messiah vs Centenary, 11 a.m. in Rochester, N.Y.
11/10 - Susquehanna vs Rochester Institute of Technology, 1:30 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y.
11/10 - Penn State Berks vs Emory, 3:30 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.
11/10 - Arcadia vs Scranton, 7:30 p.m., in Newport News, Va.

Men
11/10 - Haverford vs New York University, 7:30 p.m. in Montclair, N.J.
11/10 - Messiah vs Baruch, 11:30 a.m. in Grantham, Pa.
11/10 - Elizabethtown vs Williams, 7:30 p.m. in Cortland, N.Y.
11/10 - Franklin & Marshall vs Western Connecticut State, 5 p.m. in Lancaster, Pa.
11/10 - Eastern vs Mary Washington, 7:30 p.m. in Lancaster, Pa.
11/10 - Penn State Abington vs John Carroll, 5 p.m. in University Heights, Ohio