Women's Soccer Begins Final Weekend of Regular Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Only three teams have clinched spots in the 2012 America East Women's Soccer Championship and no one has been eliminated as we enter the final weekend of the regular season. Hartford, New Hampshire and Maine have each punched their tickets, but there are still byes and seeding yet to be determined. Boston University has a bye Thursday night and can take home the outright America East regular-season title with a win on Sunday. The America East Championship will begin with quarterfinal games on Thursday, October 25.
Thursday, October 18
- Stony Brook can clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win or a loss by UMBC.
- New Hampshire can lock up at-least the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship with a win and a loss or tie by Maine. The Wildcats have a chance at the No. 1 seed by winning each of their last two games coupled with losses by Hartford.
- New Hampshire is 8-4-2 all-time against the Seawolves.
- Stony Brook forward Larissa Nysch is the reigning conference player of the week after scoring two goals in a win against Maine. The Seawolves are the first in the conference in goals per game at 1.81.
- Albany can clinch a spot in the America East Championship with a win or tie coupled with a loss by UMBC.
- Maine already has a playoff spot locked up, but can earn a bye to the semifinals through several different scenarios.
- Albany's Shayla Bergeron is second in the conference in points with 18.
5-1-0 AE) at Vermont (3-11-1, 2-3-1 AE), 3 p.m.
- Hartford can clinch the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship with a win or tie against Vermont.
- The Catamounts can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a loss by UMBC coupled with a loss or tie by Binghamton.
- The Hawks own a 21-4-3 advantage in the all-time series with Vermont. Hartford is unbeaten in the last six games of the series, with Vermont's last win coming in 2005.
- Binghamton is in a must-win situation at UMBC on Thursday night, as the Bearcats will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or tie.
- UMBC may be able to stay alive with a loss or tie, but would need help to remain in contention for the championship.
- The Retrievers have been outstanding defensively in conference play, with teams tallying more than one goal just twice. Goalkeeper Lauren Kadet has captained the defense, ranking 12th nationally with 95 saves.
- The Bearcats have struggled offensively, scoring just two goals in conference play, but have also played strong defensively.