#AEMLAX Play Concludes With Tourney Bid, Regular-Season Crown At Stake
The America East men's lacrosse regular season wraps up this weekend with two of the three scheduled games having major implications. Those two games, Hartford at Stony Brook and Binghamton at Albany, will determine the final team in the America East Championship field as well as the league's regular-season champion. Fans can watch those game live for free on AmericaEast.TV on PCs and mobile devices.
Preview the weekend action:
- Essentally a playoff game, the winner of Friday's matchup will qualify for the America East Championship and earn the No. 4 seed while the loser's season will be over.
- Stony Brook owns a 20-7 all-time advantage in the series and won a thriller a year ago, beating Hartford, 10-9, in overtime.
- The Seawolves have made the America East Championship each season its been a member of the Aermica East (league-best 12 straight appearances).
- Hartford is seeking its fourth-straight tournament appearance after missing seven-straight tournaments from 2004-10.
- Special teams could prove key as Stony Brook leads the league in converting extra-man opportunities (.531) while Hartford is last (.293).
- Both teams are coming off losses as UMBC fell to Albany last weekend while Vermont lost to Hartford.
- The Retrievers have already clinched the No. 3 seed for the America East Championship and will make their 11th-straight tournament appearance.
- UMBC has never lost back-to-back America East contests.
- The Retrievers are 10-0 all-time against Vermont.
- UVM's Ian MacKay ranks fourth in the league in points per game (3.33 ppg) while UMBC's Matt Gregore is sixth (3.25 ppg).
- The two remaining unbeaten teams in league play meet with the America East regular-season title and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament on the line.
- Albany is riding a three-game win streak and has won 11-straight games against America East foes.
- Binghamton has won four in a row and seeks its first regular-season title since 2004.
- The game pits the league's top offense and top defense against each other as Albany averages a league-best 15.6 goals per game and Binghamton allows just 9.4 goals per contest.