Big Green get NCAA bid, host BU in first round

by Kevin Demoff | 11/18/97 6:00am

The men's soccer team received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament yesterday and will host Boston University in the first round Sunday at Chase Field.

Despite leading the Ivy League for most of the season, the Big Green were forced to hope for a bid when their dreams for an Ivy League title fell short after a 1-0 overtime loss to league champion Brown over the weekend.

The Big Green will be making their first appearance in the tournament since 1992, and only the school's fifth trip overall.

"It was certainly nerve-racking," Head Coach Fran O'Leary said. "I felt we deserved to get in, but it was a huge relief to see our name in the bracket."

Sunday's game will be a rematch of a game played early in the season, when Dartmouth and the Terriers played to a 1-1 tie. That game was played at a neutral site.

Should the Big Green advance past the first round, they will face the winner of the Southern Methodist-Rider match. SMU is the third seeded team in the 32-team tournament. That game would be played over Thanksgiving.