ERIE, Pa. – After winning the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament title on Saturday, the Penn State Behrend men's soccer team will now have their sights set on the First Round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament.
Penn State Behrend will head to John Carroll in University Heights, Ohio for a First Round matchup with Lycoming. The date and game time against Lycoming is still TBA and will be announced one the times are finalized.
Penn State Behrend News & Notes:
* The Behrend Lions stand 14-3-2 this season and have won eight straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament.
* PSB won both the AMCC regular-season and AMCC Tournament titles this season.
* Penn State Behrend will be making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in program and its first since 2016.
* The Behrend Lions have outscored their opponents 56-13 this season and have completed 11 shutouts.
* Senior goalkeeper Chris Ralph (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) has a 13-3-2 record in goal this season. Ralph's .809 save percentage and 0.75 goals against average rank 1st in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
* Offensively, seniors Ryan Maurer (Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley), Dakota Lange (Apollo, PA/Kiski Area) and freshman Logan Brinsky (Pittsburgh, PA/Peters Township) have each scored eight goals. Maurer and Lange both earned AMCC All-Tournament Team honors this past weekend.
* Sophomore Richard Blanchard (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep) led the AMCC with nine assists this season and also added three goals. He scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute against Medaille in the AMCC Tournament Championship Game on Saturday and was named the AMCC All-Tournament Team.
* Defenders Nick Schwarzel (South Park, PA/South Park) and Andrew Mastovich (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) have helped anchor a defense that has allowed just 13 goals this season.
* Head coach Dan Perritano is in his 25th season at the helm of the men's soccer program at Penn State Behrend. Perritano has amassed an overall coaching record of 334-160-42.
Lycoming News and Notes:
* The Warriors are members of the Middle Athletic Conference.
* This season, Lycoming has posted a record of 15-3-2.
* LC fell to No. 1 Messiah in a penalty shootout in the MAC title game this past weekend following a scoreless tie in regulation.
* The Warriors received an at-large bid to this year's NCAA Tournament.
* Colin Wieand leads the team with six goals and 13 points.
* Chris Solecki has posted a 14-3-2 record in goal and has an .847 save percentage. Solecki also has a goals against average of 0.69.
* The Warriors are coached by Nate Gibboney. Gibboney is in his sixth season as the head coach of Lycmoing.
* These two teams have met just one time prior to this week's First Round matchup.
* Lycoming won the only matchup in 1998 by 1-0 final score.