University at Albany, Binghamton University, UMBC and Stony Brook University will decide which team will be the 2014 America East men’s lacrosse champion as the four teams will head to Long Island for the conference tournament May 1-3. The tournament field and bracket were settled this weekend as Stony Brook earned the final bid Friday and Albany captured its second-straight regular-season title Saturday.
The 2014 America East Men's Lacrosse Championship will be held at Stony Brook’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. for the second-straight year. Semifinal action will take place on Thursday, May 1 with No. 2 Binghamton facing No. 3 UMBC at 5:00 p.m. in the first semifinal, followed by No. 1 Albany battling No. 4 Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m. in the nightcap. The two winners will face off for the league title on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. with the winner earning a trip the NCAA Tournament, where America East teams have won three games since 2007.
High-definition video streams of the semifinals will air for free on AmericaEast.TV Thursday while the championship game will air on ESPNU on Saturday.
Albany (9-5, 5-0 AE) will be the top seed for the America East Championship for the second-consecutive year and fifth time overall. Winners of five games in a row, the defending league champion Great Danes beat Binghamton in a battle of America East unbeatens, 21-7 Saturday, to earn the regular-season season crown (Box Score). The top scoring team in the nation averaging 16.0 goals per game, Albany got 10 points from Lyle Thompson (6 goals, 4 assists) as it won its 12th-straight game against an America East foe.
Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) earned its first America East Championship appearance since 2011 and has its best seed (No. 2) since it was seeded No. 1 in 2004. Winners of five of its last six games, the Bearcats lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 10.2 goals per game.
UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) is the No. 3 seed for the second-straight year. The Retrievers, who are making their 11th-straight tournament appearance, beat Vermont, 17-14, Saturday to finish 3-2 in conference play (Box Score). Phil Poe powered the victory, winning 28 faceoffs (out of 34) and picking up 20 ground balls, both UMBC single-game records.
Stony Brook (6-9, 2-3 AE), winner of three conference titles since 2010, earned the final championship bid and No. 4 seed with a 14-10 win over Hartford Friday (Box Score). Mike Rooney scored three times to lock up the Seawolves' 12th tournament appearance in as many years in the league.
For all the latest information on the America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including to purchase tickets, visit Championship Central.
2014 America East Men's Lacrosse Championship All games at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook, N.Y. Thursday, May 1 - Semifinals #2 Binghamton vs. #3 UMBC, 5:00 p.m. (AmericaEast.TV) #1 Albany vs. #4 Stony Brook, 7:30 p.m. (AmericaEast.TV) Saturday, May 3 - Final Semifinal Winners, 10 a.m. (ESPNU)