The University of Scranton women's soccer team is southbound for the NCAA Tournament.
The Royals will travel to Westminster, Md. and take on Connecticut College in an NCAA Tournament first-round match on Saturday at McDaniel College. McDaniel will host Farmingdale State in the other first-round game on Saturday. The winners of Saturday's matchups will square off in a second-round match on Sunday at McDaniel. Game times will be announced on Tuesday.
The Royals (17-1-1) enter the NCAA Tournament after winning their fifth Landmark Conference title and 21st conference title overall with a 2-0 win over Moravian in the championship match on Saturday. It was the team's 15th straight win and 14th shutout of the season.
Scranton is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2013. The Royals have now advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times in nine seasons under head coach Colleen Pivorotto. Sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) is the team's leading scorer with 13 goals. She scored in both the semifinal and championship games of the Landmark Conference playoffs.
Connecticut College earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing 10-5-1 overall and falling in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Association to Amherst, 6-1. The Camels are led by sophomore forward Alex Baltazar, who has nine goals and four assists for 22 points.
To view the entire field for the NCAA Division III women's soccer championship, visit http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/soccer-women/d3/. For information on the first- and second-round games as it becomes available, visit athletics.scranton.edu.