Much At Stake on Final Day of Men's Soccer Regular Season
The America East men's soccer championship picture will be decided on Saturday with four games that all have playoff implications. Three teams are fighting for the file two spots in the field while the conference's regular-season champion will be decided in Burlington.
Saturday, October 27
Stony Brook at Vermont, 12 p.m. -- Live Video
• Vermont (7-4-5, 4-0-2 AE, 14 pts.) and Stony Brook (10-4-1, 4-2-0, 12
pts.) will play for the America East regular-season title in Burlington on Saturday.
• The Catamounts would earn their first crown since 1989 with a win or a tie, while the Seawolves would win their first title 2005 with a victory.
• UVM has lost just once in its last 12 games (6-1-5) and has recorded four straight shutouts.
• Stony Brook, which is 5-1 on the road this year, has won three out of four and eight of its last 11.
• This game features one of the league's top scorers, Stony Brook's Leonardo Fernandes (8 G, 5 A, 21 PTS), and one of its best goalkeepers, Vermont's Conor Leland (0.78 GAA, .853 save percentage, 6 SHO).
• Hartford (7-8-1, 1-4-1 AE, 4 pts.) and Albany (5-11, 2-4-0 AE, 6 pts.) fight for one of the final two America East Championship spots Saturday.
• The Hawks, who fell at UMBC Wednesday, need a win to secure a playoff bid for the sixth straight year.
• The Great Danes, who fell 1-0 to Vermont Wednesday, will secure a tournament bid with a win, tie or UNH loss to Boston U.
• Hartford is unbeaten in the last three get togethers with Albany (2-0-1) and holds a slight 5-4-2 all-time series edge.
(9-4-4, 3-2-1 AE, 10 pts.) hopes to secure the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament while Binghamton (6-9-0, 2-4-0 AE , 6 pts.) goes for the No. 2 seed when the two teams meet on Saturday. win over Wednesday.
• The two teams are heading in different directions as UMBC has won four in a row but a combined score of 15-3, while Binghamton has dropped four in a row.
• America East's top two leading scorers, UMBC's Pete Caringi (13 G, 5 A, 31 PTS.) and Binghamton's Jake Keegan (9 G, 3 A, 21 PTS.) square off in this one.
• Nineteen of Caringi's points and eight of his goals have game against conference foes, the most by an America East player since 2003.
• Old rivals New Hampshire (5-6-4, 1-3-2 AE, 5 pts.) and Boston U. (6-7-4, 3-1-2 AE, 11 pts.) meet in Durham.
• UNH can earn a tournament spot with a win or a Hartford loss or tie.
• Boston U.'s Nick Thomson has recorded back-to-back shutouts and has five on the season, which is tied for second among league leaders. UNH's Travis Worra is fourth with four blank sheets.
• UNH has won three of the last four meetings, but Boston U. took last year's contest, 3-0,