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November 6, 2012

Sports in a Minute: Merrimack men's soccer earns first-ever NCAA berth

Warrior men get first-ever NCAA berth

The Warriors (14-3-2), who had gone nearly two full months without suffering a defeat before dropping the Northeast-10 championship game to Southern New Hampshire on Sunday, will face NE-10 rival Franklin Pierce in the tournament’s first round on Friday night at 6 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.

Merrimack earned the No. 3 seed in the six-team East Super Region. Should the Warriors advance, they will have the opportunity to avenge their most recent loss against the No. 2 seed and site host Southern New Hampshire in the tournament’s second round on Sunday.

On the other side of the bracket, the top seed in the region belonged to LIU Post, who enters the tournament with an 18-1 overall record. They will face either fourth-seeded UMass-Lowell or fifth-seeded Post on Sunday as well.

The regional finalists will face off on either Nov. 15 or 16 in the third round before taking on the winner of the Atlantic Region two days later in the NCAA quarterfinals.

The Final Four will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

Foxboro becomes Faulksboro

Kevin Faulk, who announced his retirement on Oct. 10 after spending his entire 13-year career as a member of the New England Patriots, will be honored in a special halftime ceremony at this Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills to allow fans an opportunity to celebrate his career.

Faulk, who filled various roles for the Patriots during his years with the team, joined the club in 1999 as a second-round pick (46th overall) out of LSU. He is the Patriots all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) and kickoff return yards (4,098) and is the Patriots’ all-time leading return specialist, totaling 5,041 combined return yards (4,098 kick return yards and 943 punt return yards).

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