Women’s Soccer Teams Battle For Playoff Position On Final Day of Regular Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Heading into the final day of the America East women's soccer regular season, only Hartford has clinched a slot as the No. 1 seed. The field of six is set, as Albany, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Stony Brook all know they will be playing for the America East Championship, but no seeds have been determined. A multitude of scenarios are possible heading into the final teams, with most of the teams having a chance to finish anywhere between the No. 4 through six seeds.
Some of the possible scenarios are outlined below, but this does not cover everything.
UMBC (1-9-5, 0-3-3 AE) at Albany (5-10-2, 2-4-1 AE), 12 p.m.
- The Great Danes can finish as high as the No. 4 seed and as low as the No. 6 seed after Sunday.
- In order to grab the No. 4 seed, Albany would have to win and hope for losses from Vermont, New Hampshire and Stony Brook to create a four-way tie at 10 points that would give Albany the No. 4 seed.
- UMBC has been eliminated from America East Championship contention.
New Hampshire (5-10-2, 3-3-1 AE) at Boston University (11-6-1, 7-0 AE), 1 p.m.
- Boston University clinched its sixth-straight America East regular-season title and 10th overall after Hartford lost on Thursday night.
- The Terriers have won 31-straight America East games, and have a chance to complete their third-straight unbeaten conference season with a win Sunday.
- New Hampshire is battling for the No. 2 seed, and can finish anywhere between the No. 2 and No. 5 seeds after Sunday's action.
- The Wildcats can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win and a loss or tie by Stony Brook. The Wildcats own the tiebreak over Vermont, but not over Maine or the Seawolves.
Binghamton (7-8-1, 1-5-1 AE) at Vermont (4-11-1, 3-3-1 AE), 1 pm
- Although they beat UMBC, 3-0, Thursday and could tie Albany for sixth-place, the Bearcats have been eliminated from America East Championship contention as the Great Danes own the tiebreak with a head-to-head win.
- Vermont clinched a spot in the America East Championship with a win over Hartford last time out.
- The Catamounts can finish anywhere between the No. 2 through No. 5 seeds.
- Vermont clinches the No. 2 seed with a win and a loss or tie by New Hampshire to. The Catamounts would win a head-to-head tiebreak with Stony Brook. New Hampshire owns the tiebreak with Vermont with a head-to-head win.
Hartford (9-4-3, 5-2-0 AE) at Stony Brook (9-5-3, 3-3-1 AE), 2 pm
- Hartford has already locked-up the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship for the first time since 2006, and will host a semifinal game on October 28.
- Stony Brook can finish anywhere between the No. 2 and No. 5 seeds. The Seawolves can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win and a loss or tie by Vermont.
- They can also grab the No. 2 seed if both New Hampshire and Vermont tie, setting up a four-way tie between Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Stony Brook. The Seawolves come out on top of that tiebreak.
- Stony Brook can also clinch with a tie and losses by both New Hampshire and Vermont.
Thursday, October 18
- Raven Edwards tallied a goal in the 105th minute to give Stony Brook a, 1-0, double-overtime win at New Hampshire.
- The win locked-up a spot in the 2012 America East Championship for the Seawolves and created a three-way tie for the No. 3 seed with the Wildcats and Vermont.
- Ashley Castanio made six saves in net to Stony Brook to pick up the shutout.
- New Hampshire finished with a 21-17 edge in shots.
- In one of the more exciting games of the conference season, Albany and Maine finished in a, 3-3, draw.
- The Black Bears jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead on a goal by Nikki Misener in the sixth minute of play. Maine added on and claimed a, 2-0, advantage before halftime when Charlene Achille struck in the 34th minute.
- The action really picked up early in the second half, as the teams combined to score four goals in just 1:39.
- The Great Danes accounted for three of those, beginning with Casey Marks and Shayla Bergeron scoring less than a minute apart to tie the game at two.
- Just 33 seconds after that, Alex Abrahams gave the Black Bears the lead once again in the 55th minute.
- Albany responded just 11 seconds later, when Chelsea DeVerna tied the game at three on an assist by Shayla Bergeron.
- Vermont scored two goals in the second half to beat Hartford, 2-0, Thursday afternoon.
- The win was the second-straight for the Catamounts, and clinched the team a spot in the America East Championship.
- Hartford still clinched the No. 1 overall seed with the loss by New Hampshire.
- Ally Ramos notched her second shutout in the last three games for Vermont, making eight saves.
- Haley Marks broke open the scoring in the 66th minute, firing a free kick from outside the penalty area into the upper 90. Bre Pletnik added a penalty kick 10 minutes later to provide the insurance.
- It was Vermont's first win over the Hawks since 2005.
0-5-1 AE) 3, at UMBC (1-9-5, 0-3-3 AE) 0
- Emily Pape and Kaitlyn Martin scored in the first half, and Rebecca Raber added another in the second half to give Binghamton a, 3-0, win over UMBC.
- The win by the Bearcats clinched a playoff spot for Albany, as the Great Danes own the tiebreak over Binghamton.