HOLY FAMILY UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S SOCCER TO FACE FRANKLIN PIERCE AT NCAA REGIONAL
Courtesy of Paul Gornowski, Holy Family SID
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Holy Family University women's soccer team drew Franklin Pierce in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament First Round when the 48-team bracket was released on Monday night. The game will be held on Friday, November 13 at the University of Bridgeport.
This will be the team's second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first one came in 2007. Holy Family (13-8-1) earned an automatic bid to the tournament by winning its seventh Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship on Saturday. The seven CACC titles are the most by any team at Holy Family.
Franklin Pierce (16-4-1) earned at-large spot in the tournament after finishing as the runner-up in the Northeast-10.
The two schools squared off in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament with the Ravens advancing after a 4-0 win.
The winner of Friday's first round match-up will take on the University of Bridgeport on Sunday, November 15. The round of 16 will be held on Friday, November 20 and Sunday, November 22. The national semi-finals are on Thursday, December 3 with the championship game on Saturday, December 5 in Tampa, Fla.
Holy Family is led by All-CACC first team midfielder Lindsay Fisher (so. Oakford, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and back Meghan McCusker (sr. Washington Twp., N.J./Gloucester Catholic). Fisher has 10 assists and six goals, while McCusker was named to the All-CACC Tournament team. Forward Megan Tole (fr. Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan), an All-CACC second team pick, had 11 goals and two assists on the season and scored the game's only goal in the CACC Championship match. Back Ashley Smith (sr. Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) earned All-CACC honorable mention. Forward Dawn Curry (so. Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville) is the team's leader scoring with 10 goals and six assists. Goalkeeper Gina Mansi (so. Washington Twp., N.J./Washington Twp.) has seven wins this year, four by shutout. She was chosen the CACC Tournament MVP by posting a 0.00 goals-against average and 16 saves in three tournament contests.