2016 #AEWSOC Championship Bracket Set
BOSTON — For the second time in the last four seasons, America East women’s soccer finished the year with co-regular season champions as the University at Albany and the University of Hartford tied for first-place with 19 points. The 2016 America East Women’s Soccer Championship bracket was finalized as the conference regular season came to a close with four thrilling games on Sunday.
The Albany Great Danes claimed their first regular-season title and the No. 1 seed after beating UMBC, 2-0, on Sunday. Hartford won at-least a share of its third-straight regular-season title and will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Both teams will host semifinal games on Sunday, October 30. Stony Brook earned the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Vermont in the quarterfinals, while New Hampshire is the No. 4 seed and will host fifth-seeded Maine. Both quarterfinal games will be Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Albany finished with a 6-1-1 record and 19 points, the team’s best America East record in program history. The Great Danes won the tiebreak over Hartford utilizing the second tiebreak criteria as the two teams tied head-to-head. The second criteria is points vs. conference teams in descending rank order. Both teams beat Stony Brook but Albany beat New Hampshire while Hartford lost to give the Great Danes the first time in program history.
Hartford earned a share of the regular-season in thrilling fashion. Caitlin Smallfield headed home a free kick from Sierra Stone with 11 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Hawks a 1-0 win over Stony Brook, clinching the No. 2 seed for the Hawks with a 6-1-1 record and 19 points.
Stony Brook finished the season at 6-2-0 with 18 points after falling to Hartford in OT on Sunday. The No. 3 seed is the highest finish for Stony Brook since 2013.
Nikki McFarland’s goal with less than a minute to go in regulation lifted Vermont to a 1-0 win over Binghamton on Sunday, clinching the final spot in the America East tournament. The Catamounts needed a win and a loss by UMBC on the final day to qualify. Vermont will travel to Stony Brook on Thursday for the quarterfinals.
The Black Bears clinched their fifth-straight trip to the America East Championship. Maine was idle on Sunday and needed losses by both Binghamton and UMBC in order to reach the tournament, earning the No. 5 seed. The Black Bears will travel to UNH for a quarterfinal on Thursday.
New Hampshire was the only team that knew its fate heading into Sunday. The Wildcats were locked-in to the No. 4 seed and will host the Black Bears at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Visit America East’s Championship Central throughout the tournament for previews, links to in-game coverage and postgame reaction. The 2016 Championship Game will be available exclusively on AmericaEast.TV.
2016 America East Women’s Soccer Championship
Quarterfinals - Thursday, October 27
No. 5 Maine at No. 4 New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Vermont at No. 3 Stony Brook, 7 p.m.
Semifinals - Sunday, October 30
Vermont/Stony Brook winner at No. 2 Hartford, 2 p.m.
Maine/New Hampshire winner at No. 1 Albany, 4 pm
Final - Saturday, November 5 or Sunday, November 6
Semifinal Winners at Highest Remaining Seed, TBD