Harvard Earns First-Round Bye in NCAA Tournament, Reaches NCAA Postseason Fourth-Straight Year

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning the Ivy League title and the conference’s automatic bid, the Harvard men’s soccer team has earned the No. 10 seed in the 2009 NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament. The Crimson, which has reached the NCAA tournament four straight seasons, will play the winner of Monmouth and Connecticut in a second-round contest Sunday at Ohiri Field at 1 p.m.

Harvard finished the regular season with a 13-3-1 overall record, including a 5-1-1 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson enters the NCAA tournament having won five of its last six games, including three in a row. The team also boasted a 7-1 mark at home. Harvard has qualified for the NCAA tournament 15 times in program history, owning a 19-15 all-time record in the tournament.

Monmouth, which hosts UConn in an opening-round matchup Thursday at noon, won the Northeast Conference tournament, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Hawks went 18-1-1 overall, defeating Quinnipiac, 2-1, in the championship game of their conference tournament. Monmouth, who has never played Harvard on the soccer field, heads to the postseason riding a five-game win streak.

UConn earned an at-large bid out of the Big East Conference, posting an 11-4-3 record during the regular season. The Huskies are 5-2-0 in their last seven games , losing twice in overtime.The Huskies and Crimson have met 26 times, with UConn owning a 14-8-4 lead in the series. UConn downed Harvard, 4-0, earlier this season in Storrs, Conn., on Oct. 14.

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