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Tim Hopkinson will lead ODU into its ninth NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in the last 11 years.

Three CAA MSOC Teams Earn NCAA Berths

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 11/12/2012
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Three CAA teams earned berths into the 48-team field for the 2012 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Monday as conference champion Northeastern was joined by at-large selections Drexel and Old Dominion.

It's the fifth time in the last nine years that the CAA has had three or more teams in the NCAA Tournament field.

Northeastern (13-2-4) will host Boston College in a first-round match on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. The Huskies are making their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2002. NU, which has already matched its school record for wins in a season, brings a 15-match home unbeaten streak (14-0-1) into the contest. 

Old Dominion (11-3-2) will entertain UMBC in a first-round match at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Monarchs are making their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and their ninth appearance in the last 11 years.  ODU has a 3-1 record this season against teams in the NCAA field.

Drexel (12-3-3) will also be at home as it faces Brown at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The Dragons are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1972 after capturing the CAA regular-season title. Drexel is unbeaten (6-0-2) in its last eight contests and has recorded five shutouts during that stretch.