LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team earned an at-large bid into the 2018 NCAA Tournament and is set to host the First and Second Rounds at Tylus Field for the fourth time in the previous five years.
The Diplomats will open action against Western Conn. St. (17-3-3) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (17-2-1) and Mary Washington (14-1-4) will follow on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with the winners of each battling in the Second Round on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets will cost $6 for adults and $3 for students with ID's and senior citizens and $2 children (3-12).
Please note that pets are not permitted at Tylus Field during NCAA play.
A Look at the Pod: Western Connecticut State is advancing to its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament after receiving a Pool A Automatic Qualifier with the Colonials' 2-1 OT win over Keene St. in the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship.
Eastern also claimed a Pool A bid with a 3-0 win over King's in Saturday's Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Championship. The Eagles last advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2016, making it to the Second Round where Eastern fell to Oneonta St. by a 2-1 2OT score.
Mary Washington claimed the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) to garner a Pool A bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles earned a spot in the field for the second straight year and 11th time overall.
How F&M Got Here: The Diplomats received one of 19 Pool C bids into the 62-team NCAA Field after finishing the 2018 season with a 13-3-3 overall record. F&M went 1-1 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament over the weekend, downing No.13 Johns Hopkins in the Semifinals before dropping a 3-2 2OT heartbreaker to Haverford in the Finals.
F&M NCAA Tournament History: The Diplomats qualified for their sixth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. During that run, F&M reached four Sweet 16's and a pair of Elite Eights. Overall, the Diplomats have reached the Tournament on nine occasions, and hold an 11-8 all-time record in the Playoffs.
F&M is in search of its second-ever NCAA National Championship, previously earning the Title in 1952. At that time, all 312 colleges and universities that competed in intercollegiate soccer were considered part of one division. There were no playoffs to determine a National Champion. Therefore, a group of coaches essentially crowned the 9-0 Diplomats after their unblemished regular season.
For a complete look at F&M's NCAA Tournament history, click here.
Making History: F&M's sixth-consecutive NCAA bid is a record streak amongst Centennial Conference (CC) teams.
Follow Along: For those unable to attend this weekend's contests, video and live stats will be made available on GoDiplomats.com/Live.