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Penn State Men's Soccer Makes NCAA Tournament

Penn State is dancing for the 31st time in program history

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

A year after inexplicably being left out of the field despite a Big 10 title, the Nittany Lions men's soccer is returning to the NCAA Tournament. The Lions will open up tournament play on their home field, facing Hartwick at 7:00 at Jeffery Field.

Penn State enters the tournament at 12-5-1, and with one of the top offensive threats in the country. Sophomore forward Connor Maloney was a unanimous selection as the Big 10's offensive player of the year after leading the league with 9 goals. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton, last year's Big 10 goalkeeper of the year leads a strong PSU defense.

Penn State's 5-3-0 record and 4th place finish in the Big 10 should serve them well entering the tournament, with the conference placing 6 of the 9 teams that field men's soccer programs into the 48 team field. The Lions are joined by Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State, Northwestern, and Maryland.

The winner of the the Penn State-Hartwick matchup will advance to face 9th seed Syracuse, with the College Cup (Final 4) being held in Cary, NC in mid-December.

Best of luck to the team!