Four New England Schools Qualify for NCAAs

Four New England-based college soccer programs qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Boston College and Brown earned at large bids while Connecticut and Northeastern each received automatic bids for winning their respective conferences.

The Eagles went 8-5-5 and tied with Clemson for fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. They will face Colonial Athletic Association champion Northeastern, who went 13-2-4, at Parsons Field in Brookline at 6pm.

The winner will face Big East champion Connecticut (15-3-1), who grabbed the fourth seed, on Sunday in Storrs at 1pm.

The Bears earned a 12-2-3 record and finished third in the Ivy League standings. They will travel to Philadelphia for a first round showdown at Drexel on Thursday at 4pm.

Notre Dame clinched the first seed after going 16-3-1. The College Cup Championship game is set for Dec. 9 at Regions Park in Hoover, Al. at 2pm.

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He's contributed to The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or e-mail him at BOConnell21@aol.com