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Merrimack selected to the NCAA Tournament as third seed in East Region

After winning the NE10 Title, Merrimack was selected to the NCAA Tournament as the third seed in the East …

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Following the unveiling of the 2017 Division II Men’s Soccer Championship bracket Monday night, the #18 Merrimack College men’s soccer team learned via the NCAA Selection Show that it will be the third seed in the East Region, as the program advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament and fifth over the last six years.

LinksNCAA Release | Interactive Bracket | Printable Bracket | Selection Show

Merrimack will take on Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion, sixth-seeded Goldey-Beacom College. The Lightning, who defeated Jefferson in overtime on Saturday, are making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The two teams will play Thursday night at 7 p.m. on the campus of Adelphi University.

Last season, the Warriors entered the tournament as the fifth seed, defeating Franklin Pierce in the NCAA First Round, 3-2, in overtime on sophomore Aasmund Joedahl‘s (Ridabu, Norway) overtime winner. Merrimack eventually fell to #1 LIU Post in the Second Round game

Rounding out the regional, second-seeded Adelphi will host the winner of the Merrimack and Goldey-Beacom game, while top-seeded LIU Post will face the winner of fourth-seeded Southern Connecticut and fifth-seeded University of District of Columbia.

The two teams that emerge victorious in this week’s action will play in the East Region Final next week, hosted by the highest remaining seed.

Monday marks the programs fifth overall trip to the NCAA Tournament, all of which have come over the last six seasons.

NCAA East Region:
1) LIU Post (16-0-2)
2) Adelphi (13-2-2)
3) Merrimack (16-2-2)
4) #4 So. Conn. State (11-3-4)
5) #5 Univ. of D.C. (14-6)
6) #6 Goldey-Beacom (16-4-1)

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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