It's the second consecutive postseason berth for the Dragons, the first time the program has achieved that feat. After a 40-year wait between tournament appearances ended last year, Drexel coach Doug Hess has brought the program an unprecedented era of success.
Coincidentally, the Dragons were drawn against an old conference rival. Old Dominion left the CAA for Conference USA over the summer as it upgraded its football program to the FBS. Hess said it helps his team to face an opponent that it knows well.
"When you go into an NCAA Tournament and it's all brand-new, there's a fear of the unknown," Hess said. "Meeting a team that we're familiar with takes away the fear of postseason play."
A few blocks to the south, Penn coach Rudy Fuller has guided the Quakers into the tournament for the third time in the last six seasons. Penn won its first Ivy League title since 2008, and its first outright championship since 1972.
Fuller has had two College Cup home games in his tenure at Penn, and he won both - against Seton Hall in 2002 and against Bucknell in 2010 - by 1-0 scores in overtime.
Fuller said he "would love to have a less stressful match" this time around, but he knows that knocking out Providence will be a big test. Indeed, Fuller said "this might be the toughest" College Cup first-round game he's ever faced.
"When you get in this situation at this time of year, and this type of environment, you have to expect that it's going to be a cagey type of game - and more often than not, a one-goal affair," Fuller said.
Tickets for Penn's game will cost $10 for adults and $5 for anyone with a college ID. They're available at the gate or through pennathletics.com, where you can also find directions to Rhodes Field.