The University of Scranton women's soccer team is ranked third in the first NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, released Wednesday afternoon.
The NCAA regional rankings are traditionally a strong indication of a team's chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, should it not secure an automatic bid with a conference championship. The Royals have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of the past eight seasons, including five years in which they secured the automatic bid by winning the Landmark Conference championship.
Scranton (12-0-1, 5-0-0 Landmark) is currently in first place in the Landmark Conference with two weeks left in the regular season. The Royals are the highest ranked Landmark team in the regional rankings, four spots ahead of Susquehanna (11-1-2, 4-0-1). The Royals faced the River Hawks this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.
The Royals also have one other game against a regionally ranked opponent remaining. They host Penn State-Berks, which is ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Weiss Field.
To view this week's NCAA rankings, visit http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-women/d3.