NEW LONDON, Conn. – The nationally-ranked Connecticut College men's soccer team learned today that it will travel to Washington, D.C. to face host Catholic University in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 16 when selections were announced for the 64-team annual event earlier this afternoon. The Camels, who are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and the host Cardinals will be joined by Johns Hopkins and John Jay for the first two rounds.
Connecticut College (10-3-3) has relied on a more potent attack this season while still possessing a strong back line which protects one of the top goalkeepers in the country. Sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) has emerged as the team's top scoring threat, having recorded 20 points on eight goals and four assists, while classmate Steve Yeonas (McLean, Va.) has been additional threat up top with five goals and five helpers to date. Senior Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.) has a team-leading six assists.
Defensively, senior captain Freddy Stokes (Westhampton, Mass.), junior captain Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.), sophomore Luke Stoneback (Commerce, Mich.), and senior Anthony Aquadro (Northampton, Mass.) make up a back line which has blanked nine opponents and been nearly impenetrable lately. The Camels will enter the NCAA Tournament having not allowed a goal in a span of 386:38, which dates back to Oct. 19 when the team was set back by then-No. 12 Tufts. Junior AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.), who was recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Year and the nation's top Division III goalkeeper by two national organizations last season, boasts an 0.47 goals against average to go along with an .881 save percentage and six clean sheets.
Catholic will be one of 16 sites for the first and second rounds that are taking place this coming weekend. All of the sites will use a single-elimination format. Sixteen second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional championship sites on Nov. 22-24, and the winners of the four sectional sites will advance to the national semifinals on Dec. 6 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. The final will take place a day later on Dec. 7.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Game One: Johns Hopkins vs. John Jay, 1:00 p.m.
Game Two: Catholic vs. Connecticut College, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Game Three: Game One Winner vs. Game Two Winner, 3:00 p.m.