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5 women’s, 2 men’s teams in NCAA field

November 8, 2010 | 6:40 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team (17-2-1 overall) earned the top seed in the NCAA Division II Central Region and will host first- and second-round playoff games on Friday and Sunday.

The Skyhawks are just one of five RMAC teams among the 48 sides in the women’s championship.

Metro State (12-5-2) and Colorado Mines (11-6-3) will face each other in a first round game at 2 p.m. on Friday at Dirks Field. The winner of that contest will play the Skyhawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It is the ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the Roadrunners, the second-longest active streak behind Franklin Pierce’s 19 consecutive years.

“We’re just excited to play again,” Skyhawks coach Damian Clarke said. “Any time you have a chance to be in a tournament like this, it’s a privilege.”

Winona State (Minn.) (14-3-1), champions of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, will host the other half of the Central Regional. Regis University (14-4-1) and New Mexico Highlands (12-6-2) will square off Friday afternoon in Winona, Minn., with the winner to face Winona State on Sunday.

Fort Lewis won the 2010 RMAC regular season title with a 12-1-1 record in league games. The Skyhawks advanced to the RMAC tournament championship, where they lost to Regis 2-1 Sunday.

On the men’s side, the NCAA tournament looks like a continuation of the RMAC season, where the Colorado School of Mines will meet the Regis Rangers in a first-round game on Thursday.

Mines (16-1-2), which won the RMAC regular season crown, nipped Fort Lewis on penalty kicks for the conference tournament title on Sunday. Regis fell to Fort Lewis on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in the semifinal.

Those two teams were the only men’s sides from the RMAC to make the 32-team field.

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