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NCAA Division II Men's Final Four Preview
November 30th, 2007 8AM



The NCAA Division II Men's Tournament moves into the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala., where there will be an international flavor. Lincoln Memorial and Montevallo could start as many as 10 Brazilians between them. In the other semifinal, Midwestern State takes on Franklin Pierce, which could start players from as many as nine difference countries, including Bishara Etienne, who plays for potential U.S. World Cup 2010 qualifying foe Dominica. Sunday's final will be telecast live on CSTV (kickoff: 2 pm ET).


Montevallo (18-3-2) has had its best season in school history, while Lincoln Memorial (19-3-1) knocked off No. 1 Northern Kentucky in the quarterfinals.

HISTORY. Lincoln Memorial and Montevallo are former Gulf South Conference rivals. Montevallo holds a 12-3-1 edge in their series that ended when MLU left for the South Atlantic Conference in 2006.

BACKGROUND. It's a study in contrasts -- Lincoln Memorial started eight Brazilians, two Americans and one Scot in its quarterfinal win, while Montevallo started five Englishmen, three Americans, two Brazilians and one Canadian in its last game.

STARS. Montevallo is led two-time GSC Player of the Year Jonathan Maloney. For LMU's Railsplitters, Leandro Pereira has 23 goals.


Midwestern State (18-3-1) and Franklin Pierce (16-2-3) both have come close but are still looking for their first national title. 

HISTORY. Midwestern State finished second at the NAIA nationals four times before moving to the NCAA in 1997. Franklin Pierce has made the D2 semifinals three times.

BACKGROUND. FPU should start players from nine difference countries. Among its players is Dominica international Bishara Etienne. The Mustangs rely heavily on players from across the Southwest -- Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma -- with an emphasis on transfers, four of whom should start.

STARS. Daniel Brown leads Midwestern with 24 goals. Franklin Pierce is led by senior David Clifton (24 goals) and sophomore Henning Come (16).

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