Nov 6, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT
Election Day eve also marked another selection type of day in NCAA Women’s Soccer. The field of 64 was set for postseason championship play, and after collecting the CAA Championship Sunday in Williamsburg, Hofstra was ready to learn its next opponent.
The Pride, making its fourth-ever NCAA appearance and first since 2010, will face Boston College next Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7pm at the Newton Soccer Complex in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The first-round contest will mark the second time Hofstra has faced Boston College in the NCAA Tournament. Hofstra lost to the Eagles in the second round in 2010.
Boston College (10-7-3) finished 4-5-1 in a competitive Atlantic Coast Conference that topped all conferences with nine teams in the tournament. The Eagles are 2-6-1 in their last nine games, though three of those losses came by a single goal.
Thirty conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2012 championship, while the remaining 34 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds.
Hofstra head coach Simon Riddiough won his second CAA championship as the head coach, leading the Pride to the title this season and in 2007. He was the top assistant coach on the 2005 team that won the first CAA crown in program history.
In the team’s last two trips to the NCAA Tournament, Hofstra has advanced to the second round. The 2010 squad defeated UConn, 1-0, in the opening round before falling to No. 18 Boston College, 3-1. In 2007, Hofstra beat Ohio State, 1-0, in the opening round and took No. 6 Penn State into overtime before losing, 1-0.
In 2005, Hofstra fell, 3-0, to No. 21 West Virginia in the first round, marking Hofstra’s first-ever tournament game.
The Drexel Dragons field hockey squad will learn its NCAA fate this evening when the NCAA field hockey championship field will be announced. Checkout CAASports.com for more details this evening and come back to Overtime tomorrow for full update.
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