LMU men’s soccer earns at-large bid in NCAA Tournament
Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, November 7, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the first time since the 2007 season, the Lincoln Memorial University men’s soccer team is NCAA Tournament bound. The Railsplitters earned the No. 6 seed in Super Region 4 for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship and will open against three-seeded Lander on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wingate University’s Pride Park.
Lincoln Memorial enters the NCAA Tournament after making its third straight trip to the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Championship. The Railsplitters currently boast a 10-4-3 record that includes wins over Lenoir-Rhyne and Young Harris, who also earned bids to the NCAA Tournament.
Lander – the Railsplitters’ first-round opponent – won both the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships, compiling a 12-3-2 record up to this point. All three of the Bearcats’ losses have, however, come against SAC foes Lenoir-Rhyne, Anderson and Queens, who Lincoln Memorial went 2-0-1 against during the regular season.
Friday’s match will stand as the first-ever meeting between Lincoln Memorial and Lander.
There’s no shortage of success for Lincoln Memorial in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007 in their most recent postseason appearance, the Railsplitters made a run all the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship game, where they suffered a 1-0 loss to Franklin Pierce. The year before that Lincoln Memorial lost in the national quarterfinals to Fort Lewis.
Limestone was the top overall seed in Super Region 4. The Bearcats earn a first-round bye and will await the winner of the Young Harris-Lenoir-Rhyne match on Thursday. Wingate earned the No. 2 seed and will host the winner of the Lincoln Memorial-Lander match at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The two teams remaining from the Southeast Region at the end of this weekend will advance to the region title match next weekend. That will be hosted by the top remaining seed in the South Region, along with the NCAA Elite Eight contest. The Final Four is slated for Nov. 30 in Kansas City, Missouri, with the national championship game being held Dec. 2.
NCAA Super Region 4
Thursday, Nov. 9 (at Limestone)
TBA – #4 Young Harris vs. #5 Lenoir-Rhyne
Friday, Nov. 10 (Wingate University)
7 p.m. – #3 Lander vs. #6 Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, Nov. 11
TBA – LR-Young Harris winner at #1 Limestone
Sunday, Nov. 12
1 p.m. – Lander-LMU winner at #2 Wingate