Albany is headed to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2016 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. The 14th-seeded Great Danes dominated Boston College, 3-0, Sunday at Casey Stadium to post the program's first-ever NCAA win.
The Great Danes (15-6-1), who join UMBC as the second America East team to reach the Sweet Sixteen in the last three years, will play at third-seeded Clemson on Sunday, Nov. 27. Albany will try to become the fourth America East team to reach the quarterfinals along with UMBC (2014), Hartford (1996) and Vermont (1989).
Albany scored in the 12th, 28th and 83rd minutes to beat the Eagles. Bernardo Mattos, Nico Solabarrieta and Afonso Pinherio were the goal scorers and Danny Vitiello made seven stops to record the shutout.
Vermont had its historic season come to end as it was narrowly edged, 2-1 in double overtime by 12th-seeded Virginia in Charlottesville. The Catamounts, who reached the second round with a 4-1 win over Rider Thursday, scored first despite playing the game's final 40 minutes down a man. The Cavaliers tied the game in the 76th minute and won it in the 103rd.
It was the first time in conference history America East had multiple men's soccer teams in the second round of the tournament and first time any America East sport has had multiple teams alive after NCAA first-round play since Albany and UMBC men's lacrosse in 2007.
America East men's soccer teams have a .567 winning percentage (5-3-7) in NCAA play since 2010, 13 teams have reached the second round in the last 16 years, two have reached the Sweet Sixteen and UMBC made it all the way to the Final Four. .
UMass Lowell, the America East regular-season champion, would have received a tournament bid as well, but was ineligible for postseason play due to NCAA reclassifying rules. America East teams helped the league earn the third-best conference RPI in the nation this year.