- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Losing just two games all season and being the defending Division III national champion apparently doesn't carry much weight in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee.
One day after winning the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, Catholic (25-2) was handed a No. 2 seed in the 48-team field. The Cardinals thought their record, the CAC tournament victory and last year's national title would be enough for the Cardinals to play host to a sectional at the DuFour Center as one of the nation's four top seeds.
"[The selection process] is different in Division I. In Division III coaches are on the committee," Catholic coach Mike Lonergan said. "And coaches do this [stuff]. It's an old boy network. I can't see how we're not one of the top four teams in the country. I can't look my players in the eyes and say, 'It's fair, it's not fair.'"
As a No. 2 seed, the Cardinals received a first-round bye and will play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the DuFour Center in the round of 32 against the winner of Thursday's game between North Carolina Wesleyan (20-7) and Hampden-Sydney (22-5).
If Catholic wins that game, they would have to travel to play a No. 1 seed, most likely Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, in the Sweet 16. The selection committee announced the groupings last night but did not classify the regions. Catholic is ranked in the top five of every Division III poll.
Ken Wright


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