The Catholic University of America

Nov. 10, 2009

Men's and Women's Soccer Teams to Compete in NCAA Tournament

  CUA men's soccer team with Mike Allen, associate vice president and director of athletics, standing at right.

The men's and women's soccer teams will compete in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, Nov. 14, the result of both teams capturing their first-ever Landmark Conference championships last weekend.

The women's team will play Lynchburg College at Washington and Lee University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The men will also play Lynchburg at Christopher Newport University.

"Any time a team can do something for the first time in program history, it's a very special thing and we couldn't be more proud of our student-athletes, Coach [J.P.] Sousa and Coach [Travis] Beauchamp," says Mike Allen, associate vice president and director of athletics.

"The experience of winning two championships on our home field was a great day for our soccer programs, athletic department and university. We wish both teams continued success as they head into the NCAA tournament."

Around the country several other schools have both men's and women's teams in their respective tournament brackets, but Lynchburg and CUA are the only two who face each other in both the men's and women's opening round.


CUA women's soccer team with Allen, right.

The top-seeded CUA women's team, now 17-2-1, defeated Susquehanna University 1-0 to earn their second NCAA Tournament berth. The men's team, 16-3-1, earned their first NCAA tournament berth in program history by defeating the University of Scranton Royals 3-0. This season marks a record number of wins for both squads.

Along with their wins last weekend, CUA swept the player of the week bracket in both men's and women's soccer. In men's soccer, Matt Brady was the offensive player of the week while CUA's goalkeeper Quinn Daly earned the defensive player of the week title. The goalkeeper for the women's soccer team, Tere Rossi, was also the Landmark Conference defensive player of the week while teammate Kelly Donnelly was named offensive player of the week.