The University of Scranton women's soccer team won't have to travel far when it takes on Rowan in an NCAA Tournament first-round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Royals and Profs will square off at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. at 2 p.m.
Scranton (14-3-2) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by capturing the Landmark Conference title with a 2-0 win over Susquehanna on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field. Rowan (12-2-3) received an at-large bid after being eliminated in the New Jersey Athletic Conference semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The Royals are making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 17th overall. It's the squad's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 seasons under head coach Colleen Pivirotto. Scranton is led by junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), who has 12 goals and one assist, and junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), who has posted 12 shutouts and a 0.66 goals-against average.
Rowan is led by senior forward Melissa Kelly, who has six goals and seven assists, and junior goalkeeper Shelby Money, who has nine shutouts and a 0.31 goals-against average. The Profs are ranked 17th nationally in the latest top 25 from the United Soccer Coaches, released on Oct. 31.
The winner of Saturday's first-round match advances to a second-round game on Sunday against the winner of the host, Messiah, against Westfield State. Messiah College is located just outside Harrisburg, Pa., approximately 135 miles southwest of Scranton.
For more information on the opening weekend of games at Messiah, visit http://gomessiah.com/sports/2017/11/6/FHWSOCTourney.aspx#WSOC.
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.