Indianapolis, Ind. — University of Lynchburg's field hockey team will head to undefeated Centre Wednesday for the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, the NCAA announced late Sunday night with its full 2019 championship draw.
The start time is set for 1:30 p.m. on the Danville, Ky., college's campus.
Wednesday's winner will head to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., for a Round of 16 matchup with No. 10 Rowan scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16. Lynchburg defeated the Profs, 4-3, in a Sept. 29 contest at Liberty University.
No. 3 Salisbury will await the winner of FDU-Florham and Marywood on the other side of the pod.
The advancing teams will face off in the national quarterfinals Sunday, Nov. 17.
Lynchburg (18-3) earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's automatic qualifier by way of a second-consecutive conference title and the program's 20th overall.
The Hornets, currently ranked No. 18 in Division III in the NFHCA coaches poll, were dominant in their pursuit of the 2019 ODAC title, besting fifth-seeded Roanoke, 3-0, in the tournament semifinal before rolling by second-seeded Shenandoah, 2-0, Saturday evening to secure the championship.
Lynchburg enters the tournament riding a 13-game win streak during which the Hornets have outscored opponents 46-7.
Centre (18-0) captured the Southern Athletic Association championship Sunday for the eighth-consecutive season.
The 2019 rendition will be the Lynchburg field hockey program's 21st national-tournament appearance and the 18th time in the NCAA bracket.
It will be the sixth meeting between the two programs, all of which have taken place since 2007, and the first-ever meeting between the two in Danville. Lynchburg is 3-2 against the Colonels, but Centre has taken the last two games in the series, eliminating Lynchburg from the 2013 and 2014 NCAA tournaments.
The Hornets are 9-17 all-time in NCAA Division III tournament contests, and one of those wins came last season — a 3-1 first-round victory over Denison.
Should Lynchburg advance through the Salisbury pod, this year's national semifinals and championship are scheduled for Nov. 23-24 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.
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