2014 #AEWLAX Championship Field Set
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second-straight year, the road to the America East women's lacrosse title will go through LaValle Stadium as Stony Brook University captured the No. 1 seed as the regular-season came to a close on Saturday. The Seawolves are joined by No. 2 seed University at Albany, No. 3 University of Vermont and No. 4 University of New Hampshire. The winner of the 2014 America East Championship will earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
All championship games will be held at Stony Brook’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. Semifinals will be played Friday, May 2 beginning at 5:00 p.m. and will be streamed live for free on AmericaEast.TV. No. 1 Stony Brook and No. 4 New Hampshire will start things off at 5 p.m., followed by No. 2 Albany vs. No. 3 Vermont at 7:30 p.m. The final begins at noon on Sunday, May 5 and will be available live nationally on ESPN3.
Stony Brook and Albany tied for the regular-season title with identical 4-1 conference records, marking just the third time in conference history that co-regular season champions are crowned and the first time since 2007. The Seawolves claimed the No. 1 seed over the Great Danes by winning the head-to-head matchup this season.
Stony Brook (14-3, 4-1) won its third overall America East regular-season title and will host the championship for the third time in program history after finishing 4-1 in America East play. The Seawolves had their 11-game winning streak come to an end with an, 8-7, overtime loss to Vermont on Saturday and finished in a tie for the regular-season title with Albany. Stony Brook owns the top scoring defense in the nation and boasts a Tewaaraton nominee in goalie Frankie Caridi.
Albany (13-2, 4-1) enters the championship as the No. 2 seed after capturing its third regular-season championship in program history by beating New Hampshire, 19-5. The Great Danes won back-to-back tournament titles in 2011 and 2012 and are the top scoring team in the conference at 15.07 goals per game. Sophomore Rachel Bowles has been the centerpiece of the offense, averaging 4.40 points per game.
Vermont (12-5, 3-2) needed either a win or a loss by UMBC to advance to the America East Championship and got both on Saturday, earning the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Catamounts ended Stony Brook's 11-game winning streak with a thrilling 8-7 overtime win to qualify for its second-straight championship after not qualifying since 2009. UVM trailed 6-3 in the second half before scoring four-straight goals to take a 7-6 lead with 1:13 to go. Stony Brook tied the game with a free position goal with one second remaining in regulation to set up overtime. Senior Jessica Roach provided the difference in the game, scoring at the 3:21 mark of overtime to give the Catamounts an 8-7 lead that they would hold to earn the win.
New Hampshire (7-9, 2-3) will be the No. 4 seed in the championship, advancing the to America East tournament for the 16th time in 19 years. The Wildcats finished the regular-season with a, 19-5, loss to Albany, but finished one-game better in the standings than both Binghamton and UMBC.
2014 America East Women's Lacrosse Championship
All games at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook, N.Y.
Friday, May 2 - Semifinals
#4 New Hampshire at No. 1 Stony Brook - 5 p.m.
#3 Vermont vs. #2 Albany - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 - Final
Semifinal winners, 12 noon (ESPN3)