Vermont can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Binghamton Sunday.
Vermont can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Binghamton Sunday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Regular Season Title, Playoff Spots on the Line Sunday

Release: 10/26/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sunday is the final day of the women's soccer regular-season and no one has clinched a seed yet. Maine, UMBC, Stony Brook and Hartford have clinched top-four seeds and will host either quarterfinal or semifinal matches. Hartford is locked-in to either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed, with Maine, UMBC and Stony Brook still fighting for the regular-season title.

Binghamton, New Hampshire and Vermont are fighting for the final spot in the championship. The Bearcats and Catamounts will play on Sunday, and both could feasibly qualify with a tie and a loss by New Hampshire. The Wildcats do not have the edge in tiebreakers with either Binghamton or Vermont, and can only definitely guarantee a spot in the championship with a win or a loss by Vermont. Here is a look at the standings and the match-ups for Sunday:

Maine – 5-1-1 – 16 pts
UMBC – 5-2-0 – 15 pts
Stony Brook – 5-2-0 – 15 pts
Hartford – 5-3-0 – 15 pts
Binghamton – 3-3-1 – 10 pts
New Hampshire – 2-2-3 – 9 pts
Vermont – 2-3-2 – 8 pts
UMass Lowell - 1-6-0 - 3 pts
Albany - 0-6-1 - 1 pts

Sunday Schedule
Vermont at Binghamton – 1 pm
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  • Binghamton is looking to clinch a playoff spot after missing the championship last season. The Bearcats can clinch with a win or a tie.
  • Vermont is looking for its third-straight trip to the championship after failing to qualify from 2006-2009. The Catamounts can clinch with a win, or a tie and a loss by New Hampshire. Vermont holds the tiebreak over New Hampshire by virtue of their tie against Maine.

New Hampshire at UMBC – 1 pm
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  • New Hampshire is looking to make its 12th-straight trip to the America East tournament. The Wildcats are only guaranteed a spot with a win or a loss by Vermont.
  • UMBC has already clinched a top-four seed in the America East Championship. The Retrievers are the first team in conference history to finish in the top four after finishing last the year before.
  • The top-four finish is the highest finish in UMBC history.
  • The team has already had the best turnaround in America East history in both conference play (3 points in 2012 to 15 points in 2013 - tied with Drexel in 2001) and overall (.206 winning percentage in 2012 and .647 in 2013). UMBC can also become the first team to fail to qualify for the championship and then win the regular-season the next season since Hartford in 2006 (Binghamton also did it in 2004).

Stony Brook at Maine – 1 pm
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  • Maine can clinch its first America East regular-season title with a win or a tie against Stony Brook.
  • Stony Brook can clinch at-least a share of the title with a win over Maine. The Seawolves would be the No. 2 seed if UMBC won but would be the No. 1 seed with a loss or tie by UMBC.

UMass Lowell at Albany – 1 pm

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  • UMass Lowell won its first Division I game against UMBC last Sunday, overcoming a two-goal deficit to win in overtime.
  • Albany is looking for its first conference win of the season. The Great Danes goalkeeper Alana Brennan is first in the conference and in the top 10 in the country in saves per game at 7.80.