INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 1 Salisbury University field hockey team knew it would be playing in the NCAA tournament this week, by virtue of claiming the program's 18th Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, but the Sea Gulls were forced to wait to find out where they would be going.
The NCAA released its Division III field hockey bracket on Sunday night, and Salisbury learned that it would host second- and third-round action of the tournament, following a first-round bye. The Sea Gulls will open play in the tournament on Saturday, November 15 at Sea Gull Stadium against either Lynchburg College or Centre College.
Lynchburg will host Centre in the first round, on Wednesday, and will join Salisbury, Wellesley College and either Juniata College or Gwynedd-Mercy University at Sea Gull Stadium for the weekend.
Salisbury heads into the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation and riding an eight-game winning streak following Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against Christopher Newport University in the CAC championship match.
The Sea Gulls faced one of the teams scheduled to play into this weekend's home event this season, having beaten Lynchburg, 4-1, on the road on September 20. Salisbury is 4-2 all-time against the Hornets.
Salisbury has met Juniata twice, in 2010 and 2011, coming away with wins in both meetings, and the Sea Gulls topped Wellesley, 4-1, last season in the NCAA quarterfinals on their way to the NCAA title game.
Sea Gull Stadium is one of four host sites for second- and third-round games with the surviving team from each bracket advancing to Washington & Lee University for the championship weekend on November 22 and 23.
Visit www.suseagulls.com to keep up with Salisbury's run through the NCAA tournament and for more game information, as it becomes available.