AMHERST, Mass. – Earning an at-large bid and regional pod hosting duties, the No. 13 Amherst College men's soccer team is set to take on Salem State in a 2017 NCAA Division III Championship first round contest this Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Despite a 4-3 loss to Hamilton in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship tournament, Amherst (11-3-2) put together enough statement wins throughout the regular season to secure the programs' 17th overall appearance in the NCAA postseason since 1993, and 12th consecutive bid since 2006.
Salem State (12-5-1) enter the NCAA tournament as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference's (MASCAC) automatic bid following a victory in penalty kicks over Westfield State in the MASCAC Finals on Nov. 5. The first round matchup will mark the Vikings 15th overall appearance in the national postseason, and first since 2013.
The second first round tilt hosted at Hitchcock Field will feature Springfield College (14-1-2) and Endicott College (13-4-3). Play is set to begin at 1:30 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The Pride earn an at-large spot in the NCAA's following a tough loss to WPI via a penalty kick shootout in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship bout on Nov. 5, while their opponent, Endicott, punched their ticket to the tournament following a 1-0 overtime victory against Gordon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Finals.
Check the Amherst athletics website later this week for more details on this weekend's first and second round contests.