Immediate Release: November 17, 2003
Contact: David O'Brian
Binghamton to face Fairleigh Dickinson in first round of NCAA
Tournament on Saturday at noon
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N.Y. - The Binghamton men's soccer team (11-2-7), fresh off its
America East Conference title, will face Fairleigh Dickinson
(14-4-1) in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament
this Saturday at noon. The winner of that first-round contest
will face St. Louis, which received a first-round bye, next Wednesday.
Binghamton is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament
since the men's soccer team moved up to the Division I level
in 2000 and its 10th appearance overall. Between 1974-1994, the
team made eight trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament and
in 1973, it competed in the College Division Tournament, which
consisted of both Division II and III schools.
"We are pleased with the draw," head coach Paul Marco
said. "We are excited just to be in the tournament. Fairleigh
Dickinson is a very good team. They have been in the tournament
before and have a little bit more experience than us but our
team has come together towards the end of the year and we have
fought hard to get to where we are. I think it will be a great
"It is a really great draw for the team," sophomore
back Graham Munro said. "One of our guys (Phil Grommet)
is from Teaneck, N.J. (where Fairleigh Dickinson is located).
We are really excited about it."
"We are looking forward to going down there," senior
back Pat Skinner said. "We have a lot of alumni close by
in New York City so we are hoping for a good turnout."
The Bearcats will face a Fairleigh Dickinson squad that is currently
ranked No. 13 in the latest NSCAA poll. The Knights, who won
the Northeast Conference for the fourth year in a row, advanced
to the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament before losing
to St. John's, 2-1, in double overtime. In 2001, Fairleign Dickinson
advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina,