Rutgers, Seton Hall, FDU football ready for NCAA tournament

Andreas Lindberg, Seton Hall men’s soccer coach, felt torn as he watched the Rutgers take on Indiana in Sunday’s Big Ten tournament finals. Both the Scarlet Knights and its Pirates sat squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Rutgers prevailed, securing an automatic bid and bringing the pirates closer to the cliff, but Lindberg saw the big picture.

“It was so exciting to watch,” Lindberg said. ‚ÄúThese are great guys. Even though I knew it might hurt us if they walked in, I still cheered them on. I think it’s great for local football in this area.”

The Hall came in anyway and got a call at the very end of Monday’s selection show.

Rutgers' Matthew Acosta, a North Huntedon HS graduate, celebrates after opening the scoring in the final of the Big Ten tournament

“It was absolutely brutal,” Lindberg said of the wait, “but when we heard our name, the guys went nuts.”

This is a stellar week for Division I men’s soccer in New Jersey, with Rutgers, Seton Hall and Northeast Conference champion Fairleigh Dickinson comprising all 48 teams. Everyone opens the bracket on the street Thursday – Rutgers in Penn, Seton Hall in New Hampshire and FDU in Maryland.