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UMBC needs a win over Binghamton for a chance to make the America East tournament.
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Playoff Spots on the Line in Final Week of #AEWLAX

Release: 04/24/2014
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The final three games of the America East women's lacrosse regular-season will be played on Saturday and three teams are fighting for top spots in the championship. Stony Brook has already clinched the No. 1 seed and the right to host the championship May 2 and 4 at LaValle Stadium. Albany is the only other team to clinch a spot in the tournament, but the Great Danes do not know their seed. New Hampshire, Vermont and UMBC will fight for the final two positions. Here are the matchups and tiebreak scenarios:

Current  Conference Standings
Stony Brook – 4-0

Albany – 3-1
UNH – 2-2
Vermont – 2-2
UMBC – 1-3
Binghamton – 0-4

Upcoming Schedule
Stony Brook at Vermont, 11 am - Watch Live | Live Stats
Albany at UNH, 12 pm - Watch Live | Live Stats
UMBC at Binghamton, 1 pm - Watch Live | Live Stats

Tie-Break Criteria: Ties shall be broken from the top of the standings down. In the event of a tie between two or more teams, the tie shall be broken using the following criteria in order.

i.        Winning percentage in Conference games versus the other teams with which it is tied (i.e. head-to-head competition).
ii.       Winning percentage in Conference games versus the other Conference opponents in descending rank order. In the event of arriving at another group of tied teams when comparing records, each team’s record (winning percentage) versus the combined tied teams is used rather than the performance versus the individual tied teams.
iii.       Each tied team’s total goals allowed in games versus the other teams with which it is tied. The team with the fewest total goals allowed gains the advantage.
iv.      Winning percentage versus common non-Conference Division I opponents.
v.       Each tied team’s total goals allowed in conference games. The team with the fewest total goals allowed gains the advantage.
vi.      Total games played versus non-Conference opponents ranked at any point in the season in the IWLCA national poll. The team playing the most ranked non-Conference opponents gains the advantage.
vii.      Draw conducted by the Commissioner or his/her designee.

Head-to-head tiebreaks

Stony Brook and Albany

  • Can happen with Stony Brook loss to Vermont & an Albany win over New Hampshire
  • Stony Brook holds tiebreak with head-to-head win
  • SBU is No. 1 seed and Albany is No. 2 seed.

Albany and New Hampshire

  • Can happen is UNH beats Albany.
  • UNH would hold tiebreak with head-to-head win

Albany and Vermont

  • Can happen if Albany loses to UNH and Vermont beats Stony Brook. This situation would cause a 3-way tiebreak between Albany, Vermont and UNH (see below).

New Hampshire and Vermont

  • Can happen if both teams lose or both teams win Saturday
  • Vermont holds tiebreak with head-to-head win

New Hampshire and UMBC

  • Can happen if UNH loses to Albany and UMBC beats Binghamton
  • UNH holds tiebreak with head-to-head win

Vermont and UMBC

  • Can happen if Vermont loses to Stony Brook and UMBC beats Binghamton
  • UMBC holds tiebreak with head-to-head win

UMBC and Binghamton

  • Can only happen if Binghamton beats UMBC Saturday.
  • Binghamton would hold tiebreak with head-to-head win.

Three-way tiebreaks

Albany, New Hampshire and Vermont

  • Can happen if UNH beats Albany and Vermont beats Stony Brook. All 3 teams would be 3-2 in this situation.
  • Stony Brook is No. 1 seed. UNH, Albany and Vermont would be in.
  • Tiebreak 1 - Record vs. each other
    • UNH 1-1
    • Albany 1-1
    • Vermont 1-1
  • Tiebreak 2 Record vs. conference teams in descending rank order
    • UVM wins tiebreak with head-to-head win over Stony Brook. Other teams are 0-1 vs. Stony Brook
      • Vermont would be No. 2 seed
    • Goes to head-to-head with Albany & UNH
      • UNH would be No. 3 seed with head-to-head win over Albany. Albany would be No. 4 seed.

New Hampshire, Vermont and UMBC

  • Can happen if UNH loses to Albany, Vermont loses to Stony Brook and UMBC beats Binghamton. All three teams would be 2-3.
  • Stony Brook is No. 1 seed, Albany is No. 2 seed.
  • Tiebreak 1: Record vs. each other
    • UNH 1-1, UVM 1-1, UMBC 1-1
  • Tiebreak 2: Record vs. conference teams in descending rank order
    • Teams would have same record vs. other teams. All lost to SBU and Albany and beat Binghamton
  • Tiebreak 3: Fewest goals allowed in games vs. other tied teams
    • UNH 17
    • UMBC 17
    • Vermont 24
  • We separate UNH and UMBC into a head-to-head tiebreak
    • UNH wins head-to-head tiebreak with win over UMBC. UNH is No. 3 seed.
  • Go back to head-to-head tiebreak between UMBC and Vermont
    • UMBC wins tiebreak with win over Vermont. UMBC is No. 4 seed and Vermont is eliminated.
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