2007 NCAA Tournament Preview

Serpone Amherst
Head Coach Justin Serpone has helped lead the Lord Jeffs back to the NCAA Tournament.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s soccer team received one of 20 at-large bids to the 2007 Division III NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship and will be one of 57 schools competing for the national title. The Lord Jeffs resume play Saturday, Nov. 10 after earning one of seven first-round byes, and will take on either Western New England College or Johnson & Wales University on Gooding Field at 6 p.m.

Amherst began the season with 11 straight wins and earned the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Championship. After defeating No. 5 Bowdoin College in the semifinals, 2-1, the Jeffs fell to No. 2 Middlebury College, 1-0, as the Panthers were able to avenge a 3-1 regular-season loss to Amherst. Middlebury (14-2-1) and Williams College (10-4-2) are the other two NESCAC schools featured among the field of 57 teams.

Western New England (14-5-2) joined The Commonwealth Coast Conference this season and captured the conference tournament tile with a 3-0 victory over Wentworth Institute of Technology this past Saturday. This will be the fourth consecutive appearance in the national tournament for the Golden Bears, who advanced to the Round of 16 in each of the past two seasons.

Johnson & Wales (14-4-3) captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship by upsetting host Norwich University 2-1 in overtime this past Saturday after dropping a 3-2 home decision to the Cadets during the regular season.

The Jeffs did not play Western New England or Johnson & Wales during the regular season, but they met up with the Golden Bears in the second round of last year’s NCAA Championship. Amherst earned hosting rights and defeated Westfield State College in the opening round, 3-1, but was edged out by Western New England the next day, 1-0.