Montclair, NJ (11/8/10) – For the fifth straight season, the Montclair State men's soccer is headed to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament as the bracket for the 2010 Championship was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
The Red Hawks (13-4-3) will host New York Maritime in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, November 11 at Sprague Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm. The winner advances to the second round on Sunday, November 14 in Grantham, PA against seven-time national champion Messiah College, which has won the past two NCAA titles. The Falcons (18-1) received a first-round bye.
Montclair State earned its way back to the NCAA Tournament via an at-large berth after qualifying the past four years as the champion of the New Jersey Athletic Conferece. MSU received one of the 17 at-large bids that rounded out the 60-team field.
This will be MSU's 11th trip to the Division III Tournament (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and its 14th overall. Montclair went to three NCAA College Division Tournaments in 1968, 1969 and 1972. The Red Hawks are 7-12-1 in those 14 appearances, 5-9-1 in the Division III tournament. Montclair has advanced to the Sectional Tournament in three of the past four seasons.
In 2006, the Red Hawks knocked off Wesleyan, 1-0 in the second round before being ousted in penalty kicks by Dominican. The next two years, it was Messiah ending Montclair's season. In 2007, the Falcons edged MSU 1-0 in Gratham in the Sectional Final and the next year handed the Red Hawks their only loss of the season, 1-0 in double overtime in the Sectional Semifinal at Christopher Newport University. Last year, MSU fell in the second round to Stevens.
New York Maritime earned its way into the NCAAs by capturing the Skyline Conference championship last Sautrday. The Privateers downed Old Westbury, 3-1 in the final to become the first Maritime program to qualify for an NCAA Division III Tournament. Maritime rallied back from a one-goal halftime deficit to score three goals in the second half of the game and grab the Skyline’s automatic qualifying bid to the national tournament. Senior goalkeeper Harris Papson (Flushing, N.Y./Francis Lewis) was named the MVP of the Skyline Tournament.
The teams have never met and share just one common opponent this season - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Montclair played to a 1-1 draw with the Mariners on September 1 while Maritime fell 2-1 the following week (September 8).