Nov. 8, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team will make its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend as the Blue Jays earned an at-large berth to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Christopher Newport will host a four-team regional that also features Johns Hopkins, Richard Stockton and Neumann.
Hopkins will take on Richard Stockton in the first game on Friday, November 12 at 5:00 pm at Captains Field in Newport News, VA. Host Christopher Newport will face Neumann in the second game at 7:30 pm on Friday. The two winners will meet at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 13 with a bid to the NCAA Sweet 16 on the line.
Hopkins enters the tournament with a 13-3-4 overall record after losing in a shootout in the Centennial Conference semifinals. The Blue Jays are making their fifth straight appearance and have made it to the Sweet 16 in three of their last four NCAA trips. Hopkins is 13-13-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and will face Richard Stockton for the first time in NCAA play. The two teams have met twice, but not since 2001, and the Blue Jays are 0-1-1 against the Ospreys. Richard Stockton, the 2001 NCAA Champion, is making its 11th overall and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Ospreys are 14-5-2 and received an at-large bid out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Richard Stockton lost to Montclair State in the NJAC Tournament First Round. The Ospreys are 15-8-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Christopher Newport is currently ranked fourth in the nation and earned the automatic qualifier after winning its second straight USA South championship. The Captains are making their sixth overall and third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They have made the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons and are 7-4-3 all-time in the tournament. Neumann is making its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference title on penalty kicks over Marywood. The Knights are 14-3-2 overall and are unbeaten in their last 11 games, since a 2-1 overtime loss to the Ospreys.