UMBC, SBU, Maine, Hartford Battle in Semis Sunday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four teams will battle for the right to play in the 2013 America East Women's Soccer title game on Sunday as No. 1 seed UMBC hosts No. 4 Hartford and No. 2 Stony Brook welcomes No. 3 Maine. Here is a preview of Sunday's semifinal games:
- UMBC defeated Hartford, 2-1, in Baltimore in the regular-season, scoring two goals in the final 3:30 to top the Hawks.
- UMBC earned a share of its first regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 6-2-0 record in league play.
- The highest seed for the Retriever prior to this year was No. 6. It is UMBC's third appearance in the championship (0-2-0 all-time).The Retrievers had the best turnaround in America East history after finishing last with an 0-5-3 record in 2012. Hofstra had the best turnaround prior to UMBC, improving from 0-7-0 in 1996 to 5-4-0 in 1997.
- 2003 quarterfinals - Lost to Maine, 3-1
- 2005 quarterfinals - Lost to Binghamton, 2-1 (OT)
- Hartford advanced to its third-straight semifinal with a, 2-1, win over Vermont in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
- The Hawks are 17-6-3 all-time in the championship with 7 tournament titles and 10 league championships (no tournament was played from 1991-1993).
- America East Striker of the Year, Chanel Johnson, led the conference during league play with seven goals. She is the second-straight Striker of the Year from Hartford.
- This is the first meeting in the tournament between Hartford and UMBC.
- The Black Bears and Seawolves met on the final day of the regular-season with Stony Brook earning a 2-1 victory in overtime in Orono. The win gave Stony Brook a share of the regular-season title while dropping Maine to the No. 3 seed. The two teams are meeting in the semifinals for the third time in four years.
- The Seawolves are 6-5-1 all-time in the America East Championship including winning their first tournament title last season.
- Stony Brook was the first team in America East women's soccer history to win the title as a No. 6 seed in 2012. This year the team captured a share of its first regular-season crown.
- Senior Larissa Nysch led the conference in all games with 24 points. Junior Ashley Castanio was named Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the conference in league games with an .849 save percentage.
- Maine advanced to its fifth America East semifinal in the last six years with a 2-0 win over No. 6 Binghamton on Thursday.
- The Black Bears are 6-6-6 all-time in championship play and are looking for their first tournament title.
- Senior Maggie Malone was the America East Defender of the Year, helping Maine to six shutouts so far this season.
- Hartford and Vermont have met three times in the championship:
- 2012 semifinals - Stony Brook 2, Maine 1
- 2010 semifinals - Maine 3, Stony Brook 1
- 2007 quarterfinals - Stony Brook 2, Maine 1
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