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Crusaders are champs again!

Date: 2/28/2011

Alvernia University (18-6) will travel to St. Mary's (Md.) Friday, March 4 for an NCAA First Round match-up with #8 Randolph-Macon (24-4), winners of the Old Dominian Athletic Conference, as announced by the NCAA Monday.


Crusaders are champs again!

The top-seeded Alvernia Crusaders (18-6) beat #2 Lebanon Valley in the Commonwealth Conference Men's Basketball Championship Saturday afternoon at the Physical Education Center, by a score of 57-55.

Alvernia is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 by virtue of the automatic bid for the Commonwealth Conference. On Monday, the NCAA annouced the tournament field, including Alvernia's match-up with Randolf-Macon. The Crusaders made back-to-back appearances in '06 and '07 after winning the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship both years. This was the first Commonwealth title in their first playoff appearance.

The Dutchmen will await a possible at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.

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Click here for more about the Alvernia Men's Basketball squad's next step into the NCAA Tournament.


  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.