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No. 5 FH Opens NCAA Tournament vs. Delaware

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Nov. 5, 2017

NCAA Bracket | NCAA Selection Show

 - The Penn State field hockey team has been selected to its 32nd NCAA Championship. The No. 5 Nittany Lions will take on Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. ET.

The Nittany Lions have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in seven of the last eight seasons. 

"We're really excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament," said Coach Charlene Morett-Curtiss.

"It's obviously a very competitive group of teams and we're excited to have an opportunity to see Delaware again and see what we can do from there. Delaware is a very good team. Playing the defending national champions is going to be exciting for us and I know they have a lot of motivation as well. I have a great respect for Rolf [van de Kerkhof] and what he's done with that program," Morett-Curtiss continued.

"We've had a good run of games and I like the way we're competing right now," said Morett-Curtiss.

The Nittany Lions (16-4) and Delaware (15-4) will meet for the seventh time in postseason history, with the teams tied at 3-3. Delaware is 15-4 overall and was 5-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference.

Penn State was the Big Ten Tournament runner-up, falling to top-seeded Michigan, 1-0, on a late goal Sunday. The Nittany Lions defeated No. 2 seed Maryland, 3-2, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and Iowa, 5-1, in the quarterfinals.

Penn State has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 32 of the possible 36 seasons, starting in 1982. The Nittany Lions' 32 NCAA Tournament appearances rank third nationally. Penn State's match against Delaware will mark its 59th all-time tournament contest.

Morett-Curtiss has led the Nittany Lions to NCAA Tournament action in 28 of her 31 seasons at the helm, reaching the finals in 2002 and 2007.

The winner of the PSU-Delaware contest will take on the winner of UConn vs. Fairfield/Boston Univ. - which will also be played Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET. The winner of each game will advance play in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 12 for a chance to go to the NCAA semifinals at Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 17-19.

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