Men's soccer championship play starts Saturday with quarterfinal action.
Men's soccer championship play starts Saturday with quarterfinal action.
Courtesy: America East Communications

#AEMSOC Quarterfinals Take Place Saturday

Release: 11/08/2013

Six America East teams will play for the America East Men's Soccer Championship and a trip to the NCAA College Cup, where America East teams have advanced to the second round nine of the last 12 years, starting Saturday.

The championship begins with quarterfinal action. Fourth-seeded Vermont hosts fifth-seeded Albany at 1 p.m. while third-seeded Hartford entertains sixth-seeded Binghamton at 7 p.m. The teams that advance will play in the semifinal round on Wednesday, Nov. 13 with the Vermont-Albany winner playing at top-seeded UMBC and the Hartford-Binghamton winner playing at second-seeded New Hampshire. Both semifinal games will be at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet for the America East title and a trip to the NCAA tournament on either Nov. 16 or 17 in a game that will be streamed live for free at AmericaEast.TV.

Vermont (9-4-4, 3-3-1, 10 pts AE) and Albany (5-10-4, 3-3-1, 10 pts AE) tied for fourth place in the league standings but the Catamounts' 2-1 regular-season win gives them home field advantage for their quarterfinal matchup. This is UVM's ninth tournament appearance in 10 years and the Cats' are playing a tourney game at home for the fourth-straight year. The Great Danes enter the tournament having turned their season around, going 4-3-3 in their last 10 games compared to a 1-7-1 start. This is the third time these two teams have met in the championship with Albany advancing to the semifinals in the two previous meetings.

Hartford (12-3-3, 4-2-1, 13 pts) enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and has equaled its most wins since the 2001 season. The Hawks, who beat UMass Lowell 5-2 Wednesday, features first-team all-leaguers Damion Lowe and Javoni Simms. Binghamton (3-10-5, 1-3-3, 6 pts AE) is making its 10th tournament appearance since 2002 and is led by Ben Nicholson's 11 points. The Bearcats are seeking to reach the championship semifinals for the first time since 2008. Binghamton beat Hartford, 1-0, in the two teams' lone prior tournament meeting during the 2003 semifinals. The two teams played a scoreless draw in the regular season.

Visit America East's Championship Central throughout the tournament for links to in-game coverage, postgame reaction and much more.