Mass. College Soccer: BC, Northeastern Earn Spots In NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Soccer Tournament

By Matt Noonan

On Monday, the NCAA unveiled the Div. 1 Men’s Soccer Tournament, which is scheduled to commence on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Boston College and Northeastern University secured spots in the tournament, and will face-off against each other in the first round. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Parsons Field.

The Eagles earned an at-large bid, while the Huskies obtained an automatic bid following a Colonial Athletic Conference Championship win against Hofstra University.

Both teams faced each other last year during the preseason and concluded the match with a 0-0 tie.

Below we’ve provided a few videos, courtesy of the Northeastern YouTube page of the men’s soccer team reacting to their tournament placement.

Mass. College Soccer: Quarterfinals/Semi-Finals Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The soccer quarterfinals and semi-finals for some conferences will either commence today, tomorrow or Saturday. So, here is the updated schedule.

A-10: UMass’ women’s soccer team secured the seventh seed in this year’s conference tournament and will play their first match this evening against Dayton at 5PM.

ACC: Boston College’s men’s soccer team will be one of nine teams competing for Atlantic Coast Conference glory beginning on Monday, Nov. 5. The Eagles currently reside in fourth place with an 8-4-4 record (3-1-3 conference).

CCC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals (Gordon College at Salve Regina, 2PM/ Nichols College at Roger Williams, 4PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals (Eastern Nazarene at Gordon College, 2PM/ Endicott at Roger Williams, 7PM)

GNAC: Women’s Soccer Semifinals (Simmons College at St. Joseph (CT) 1PM/ Emmanuel College at Lasell College, 1:30PM @ Boston University’s Nickerson Field)

Ivy League: Both Harvard soccer teams still have a few regular season games remaining and will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Little East Conference: Men’s Soccer Semifinals (UMass Dartmouth at Keene State, 6PM)

MASCAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Westfield State at Framingham State, 2PM/ Bridgewater State at Salem State, 7PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Salem State at Westfield State, 7PM/ Bridgewater State at Worcester State 7PM)

NE-10: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Franklin Pierce at Merrimack College, 7PM/ UMass Lowell at So. New Hampshire, 7PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday Nov. 2 (Adelphi at Merrimack College, 4PM)

NESCAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Williams College (Tufts vs. Williams College, 11AM/ Wesleyan vs. Amherst College, 1:30PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Williams College (Wesleyan at Williams College, 11AM/ Bowdoin College vs. Amherst College, 1:30PM)

NEWMAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Babson College (Babson College vs. MIT, 10:30AM/ Coast Guard vs. Springfield College, 1:30PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Springfield College (Babson College vs. Springfield College, 12PM/ MIT vs. Wheaton College, 3PM)

NSCAA Unveils Preseason Soccer Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com 

On Tuesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, (NSCAA) unveiled its first soccer rankings of the season, and a few local squads earned spots in the various divisional lists.

Here are the men and women’s teams that received preseason recognition.

Men’s Soccer:

* In Division I, Boston College was the only squad from Massachusetts to earn a spot in the Top 25 at No. 14, while Brown University secured a spot as the No. 22 team in the country. The Eagles finished their 2011 season with 14 wins, and 15th in the country.

* The only local squad to secure a spot in the Div. II Top 25 was Southern New Hampshire. The Penmen are ranked seventh, and ended their campaign last year with 18 wins. They’ll be the squad to beat in the NE-10 this fall.

* Three teams earned preseason honors in the Division III rankings. Amherst College was listed at No. 6, Babson at No. 18 and Western New England College at No. 23. The Lord Jeffs finished their season with 16 wins, and 10th in the final rankings.

Women’s Soccer:

* Similar to the men’s soccer team, the Boston College women’s squad will begin their season as the No. 11 team in the country. After them, their local rival, Boston University is slated as the No. 23 team in the land.

* Even though they were not ranked, Harvard’s women’s soccer team is one of a few squads receiving votes.

* In Div. II, UMass-Lowell was the only squad to receive a preseason rank at No. 17. Merrimack College, similar to Harvard, is receiving votes.

* Amherst College will begin the season as the No. 7 team in Div. III, while Williams College was slotted at No. 13 and Springfield College at No. 25.