Sweet 16 for Soccer

Brandon Kates '13

The 2012 men’s soccer season was one for the ages, capped off by the program’s first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Susquehanna won the Landmark Conference championship for the second time in school history—and the first time since 2008—to earn an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. The Crusaders were selected as a first-round host, and defeated Cabrini and Rochester to advance to the Sweet 16.

That round, played in San Antonio, Texas, pitted Susquehanna against Ohio Northern, where Susquehanna fell 4-1 to the eventual national championship runner-up Polar Bear squad.

The Crusaders, who finished the fall season ranked No. 13/15 in the nation, logged program records in wins (18), shutouts (12), All-Landmark Conference players (7) and NCAA Tournament wins (2). In addition to setting records, the team received numerous postseason awards on both the individual and team levels.

Five players earned All-Mid-Atlantic Team recognition, including senior Brandon Kates, who went on to also be named a D3soccer.com All-American.

Off the field, eight men’s soccer players were named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, and the team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2011–12 academic year.

Contributing writers to the departments are Karen Jones, assistant director of media relations; Mikaela Klimovitz ’16 from Baltimore; Megan McDermott ’14 from Lewisberry, Pa.; Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; and Bethany Slear ’16 from Lewisburg, Pa.

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