By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the first time since 2008, West Chester University has qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament and the Golden Rams will open things up at home on Saturday, hosting American International College.
The Golden Rams wrapped up the regular season this past weekend with a 41-14 victory over Clarion. The win improved West Chester to 10-1.
“After our loss to Bloomsburg a couple of weeks ago, we knew we had to win this past weekend against Clarion,” West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan tells KYW Newsradio. “Our kids fought their way back, got themselves in the playoffs. Gives us a whole new life and a whole new season to go after and I think they are pretty excited about it.”
The Golden Rams fine regular season put them in position to host this first-round match-up at John A. Farrell Stadium.
“It’s huge (playing at home),” Zwaan says. “When you are in the playoffs, playing at home is really big. Playing before your home crowd, not having to travel. Its definitely an advantage playing at home in the playoffs, that’s for sure.”