Railsplitters jump to No. 6 in Southeast Region poll

Published 10:46 pm Thursday, November 2, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s soccer team is in position to make its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since the 2007 season as the Railsplitters (10-3-3) jumped to No. 6 in the most recent NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings that were released on Wednesday afternoon.

The NCAA regional rankings are the official rankings used to determine the NCAA Tournament field. Six teams from the Southeast Region will earn a bid, while the top two teams will serve as hosts.

Lincoln Memorial is preceded in the poll by No. 1 Limestone, No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 3 Young Harris, No. 4 Wingate and No. 5 Lander. Chowan and Lees-McRae round out this week’s region rankings in ninth and 10th, respectively.

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The Railsplitters are 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 of this week’s Southeast Region poll, boasting wins over Young Harris, Lenoir-Rhyne and Lees-McRae. Wingate serve’s as Lincoln Memorial’s only loss against any of the top teams in the region, as the Bulldogs defeated the Railsplitters 1-0 in double overtime on Sept. 30.

Lincoln Memorial defeated Mars Hill 3-1 on Tuesday to book a spot in the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Championship, where the Railsplitters will face Wingate at 11 a.m. on Friday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

With a win, Lincoln Memorial would all but clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament while also making back-to-back appearances in the conference tournament title game for the first time in program history.

The Railsplitters are trying to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season, when they made it all the way to the national championship game and suffered a 1-0 loss to Franklin Pierce.