Vikings Draw Fifth Seed in Upcoming Region III Men's Soccer Tournament
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 16, 2002
The Hudson Valley Community College (10-6) men's soccer team learned this
evening that it has earned a fifth seed in the upcoming NJCAA Division III
Region III tournament.
Hudson Valley has drawn a first round bye in the 11-team tournament and
will travel to No. 4 Broome Community College on Tuesday. The game time
will be announced later this week. Hudson Valley defeated visiting Broome
(12-3-2) 1-0 on Saturday, October 5 in its lone meeting with the Hornets
The Vikings, ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, have
played one of the toughest schedules in the country to prepare for the
upcoming tournament. Six of the nation's top 12 teams appeared on Hudson
Valley's season slate as well as two others that have qualified for the
Rafael Luna (Albany, NY/Albany) leads a balanced Hudson Valley attack in
which six players have registered 10 or more points. Luna has scored seven
goals and handed out 11 assist while Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs,
NY/Saratoga Springs) has seven goals and six assists.
In the 2001-02 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to
win 65 percent of their contests. The college's softball team traveled to
Illinois for the national championship tournament and finished second in
the country, and the women's basketball team placed seventh in the nation.
Hudson Valley's football team won the Northeast Football Conference, and
the baseball and bowling squads each added a Mountain Valley Conference
title. Additionally, three Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year
status and eight were honored with All-American status.
NJCAA Division III Region III First Round (Saturday, October 19) #11 Canton at #6 Niagara CC #10 Tompkins-Cortland CC at #7 Erie CC #9 Delhi at #8 Alfred State
NJCAA Division III Region III Quarterfinals (Tuesday, October 22) #5 Hudson Valley at #4 Broome CC Canton-Niagara winner at #3 North Country CC Tompkins-Cortland-Erie winner at #2 Mohawk Valley CC Delhi-Alfred winner at #1 Herkimer CC
NJCAA Division III Region III Semifinals (Saturday, October 26) Quarterfinal winners at Utica, NY
NJCAA Division III Region III Championship (Sunday, October 27) Semifinal winners at Utica, NY