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Monday, November 8, 2010
NCAA D2: Cal State L.A. women, San Bernardino men go dancing

By Scott French

Cal State L.A.'s women and Cal State San Bernardino's men -- the top regular-season teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association -- were awarded expected at-large berths into the NCAA Division II tournaments.


None of the other L.A.-area schools were part of a decent CCAA contingent.

Cal State L.A. is headed to Seattle for the first two rounds in the 48-team women's bracket, and San Bernardino is one of three CCAA teams that will play at Chico State in Northern California in the 32-team men's tournament.

Six CCAA teams are in the fields.

MEN: Cal State San Bernardino (13-5-1), which won the CCAA's South Division, makes its second successive trip to the NCAA tournament and third in program history. The Coyotes, ranked sixth in last week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, will open Friday against No. 15 Grand Canyon (14-2-2), the Pac West Conference champion, at CCAA North Division winner Chico State (13-6-0), which faces CCAA tournament champion Sonoma State (14-5-0) in the quartet's other first-round game. Thw winners meet Sunday.

Coach Noah Kooiman (Ontario/Chaffey HS and Cal State Fullerton), whose brother Cle was a defender on the 1994 U.S. World Cup team and played for Cruz Azul in Mexico, is a former pro who has turned around the San Bernardino program the past two years. The Coyotes were beaten by conference rival Cal State L.A. in their NCAA opener last year; this year's  team was in the first round of the conference tournament by Sonoma State.

No. 24 Cal State Dominguez Hills (13-5-3), which reached the D2 quarterfinals last year and the CCAA tournament final last week, was left out of the bracket.

Defending champion Fort Lewis (11-5-4), from Durango, Colo., did not make the field. New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce (17-1-1) is ranked No. 1.

A PDF of the NCAA bracket can be found here. An interactive bracket can be found here.

WOMEN: Cal State L.A. (15-3-1), making its third NCAA appearance in four years, takes its explosive attack to the Pacific Northwest for a first-round game Thursday against Montana State Billings (12-5-1). Host Seattle Pacific (15-1-2), ranked 14th in last week's poll, will meet the victor Saturday.

The 25th-ranked Golden Eagles, who won the CCAA South Division and reached the tournament final, falling on penalties to San Francisco State, are led by Ann Marie Tangorra (Arcadia/Arcadia HS) and Liz Franco, both with 14 goals and 10 assists.

San Francisco State (11-4-5) and ninth-ranked UC San Diego (14-2-3) head to Hawaii for a first-round showdown, with the winner playing No. 18 BYU-Hawaii (14-1-2) in the second round. The survivor will play the team that emerges from Seattle.

Grand Valley State (17-1-2), from Allendale, Mich., beat Cal State Dominguez Hills in last year's final. Saint Rose (21-0-0) of Albany, N.Y., is No. 1 in the NSCAA rankings.

A PDF of the NCAA bracket can be found here. An interactive bracket can be found here.