2015 #AEWSOC Championship Bracket Set
BOSTON — The University of Hartford captured its second-straight America East women's soccer regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2015 America East Women's Soccer Champinship, which begins with the quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 29. The conference regular-season came to a close with four games on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawks finished 4-1-3 with 15 points in the regular-season. Albany earned its highest seed ever in the America East tournament, placing second with 13 points. The Great Danes came out on top of a three-way tie that also included Vermont and Maine. The Catamounts finished third, their highest finish since 1996 when they won the regular-season. The Black Bears finished as the fourth seed, followed by No. 5 New Hampshire and No. 6 UMBC.
The America East quarterfinals begin on Thursday, Oct. 29. No. 4 Maine will host No. 5 New Hampshire and No. 3 Vermont will host No. 6 UMBC with both games at 7 p.m. Both games will be available for free on AmericaEast.TV. The semifinal round will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1. No. 1 Hartford will face the winner of the No. 4 Maine and No. 5 New Hampshire at 2 p.m., while No. 2 Albany will await the winner of No. 3 Vermont and No. 6 UMBC at 4 p.m. The championship game will be played either Saturday, Nov. 7 or Sunday, Nov. 8 with the time TBA.
Hartford earned the No. 1 overall seed and the team's 12th regular-season title. The Hawks earned a huge win over New Hampshire on Thursday before falling in OT to UMass Lowell to conclude the regular-season. Hartford had already clinched the regular-season heading into the game after Maine fell to Albany.
Caitlyn Paltsios scored the lone goal to help Albany beat Maine, 1-0, and earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament. The Great Danes finished in a three-way tie at 13 points with Maine and Vermont as the Catamounts beat Binghamton. Albany won that tiebreak with wins over both the Black Bears and the Catamounts during the regular-season.
Vermont captured the No. 3 seed with its, 2-1, win over Binghamton on Sunday. The Catamounts fell behind, 1-0, before scoring twice in 90 seconds to earn the win and clinch a tournament berth. The win pulled Vermont into a three-way tie with Albany and Maine. The Catamounts finished behind Albany in the tiebreak, but beat Maine during the regular-season to take the No. 3 seed.
The Black Bears are making their fourth-straight trip to the America East Championship despite falling to Albany on the final day of the regular-season. Maine will host a tournament game on Mahaney Diamond on Thursday at 7 p.m.
New Hampshire was idle on Sunday and finished with 12 points to take the No. 5 seed. The reigning champs will hit the road to face Maine on Thursday.
Amira Walcott scored in the 50th minute and UMBC held on for a, 1-0, win over Stony Brook to earn the final spot in the America East tournament. The Retrievers are making their third-straight trip to the tournament.
Visit America East’s Championship Central throughout the tournament for previews, links to in-game coverage and postgame reaction. The 2015 Championship Game will be available exclusively on AmericaEast.TV and produced by Northeast Sports Network.
2015 America East Women’s Soccer Championship
Quarterfinals - Thursday, October 29
No. 5 New Hampshire at No. 4 Maine, 7 p.m.
No. 6 UMBC at No. 3 Vermont, 7 p.m.
Semifinals - Sunday, November 1
UMBC/Vermont winner at No. 2 Albany, 4 pm
New Hampshire/Maine at No. 1 Hartford, 2 p.m.
Final - Saturday, November 7 or Sunday, November 8
Semifinal Winners at Highest Remaining Seed, TBD