Women’s Soccer Headed to NCAA Tourney, First Time in 10 Years

By Caitlin Burns | November 8, 2016

The Arcadia University women’s soccer team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which was announced during the NCAA selection show Monday, Nov. 7. The Knights, ranked No. 16 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 23 by D3soccer.com, received one of 20 at-large bids for the first time in program history and will play in the tournament for the first time since 2005; this is the first Arcadia team in any sport to receive an at-large bid to an NCAA tournament.

Arcadia will take on Wentworth Institute of Technology in the first round on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m.; the game will be hosted at Williams College. The winner will take on either the host team, the Ephs, or Elms College in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 13.

“This is truly a pinnacle moment for our women’s soccer program, and shows things to come for the athletic department,” coach Rick Brownell said. “To be invited to compete at the highest national level is an amazing honor and we can’t be more proud to have this opportunity to represent Arcadia on such a prestigious level. I’m truly lucky and inspired to coach such exceptional student-athletes that embrace the University culture and have such a success-oriented mentality. They deserve all the credit.”

This season’s team has accomplished one of the most successful campaigns in program history at 17-3 through conference playoffs. The Knights were ranked during the season as high as No. 6 by the NSCAA and No. 16 by D3soccer.com.