-- The matchups are set for the 2010 America East Women's Soccer
Championship, which begins on Thursday with a pair of quarterfinal
contests. Stony Brook, Hartford and Albany all picked up victories Sunday to clinch home games in the tournament, while Maine earned the final championship bid by virtue of Binghamton's loss to Stony Brook.
Stony Brook (6-9-2 overall, 5-2-1, 16 pts America East) locked up the No. 2 seed with a 2-1 win over Binghamton (4-11-2, 2-4-2, 8). Sa'sha Kershaw and Larissa Nysch tallied first-half scores for the Seawolves, who will have a first-round bye and host a semifinal contest on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Hartford (7-8-3, 4-2-2, 14) downed New Hampshire (8-7-4, 4-2-2, 14) 1-0 behind Caroline Dixon's first goal of the season, which came in the 50th minute. With the win, the Hawks earned the No. 3 seed and will host Maine (7-8-0, 3-5-0, 9) in one quarterfinal contest on Thursday. The Black Bears earned a 1-0 victory in the team teams' regular-season meeting.
Albany (9-7-2, 4-2-2, 14) secured the No. 4 seed with its 1-0 win over Vermont. Katie Grant's score in the 70th minute gave the Great Danes its second straight tournament berth. The Great Danes will host New Hampshire in the other quarterfinal matchup on Thursday. Albany won the regular-season meeting, 2-1, on Oct. 7.
Boston University (14-5-0, 8-0-0, 24) had already locked up the No. 1 seed before it knocked off Maine, 2-0 for its 11th straight win. The Terriers, who got goals from Brittany Heist and Tiya Gallegos, also extended their shutout streak to 1,000:02 minutes, which ranks sixth all-time in NCAA history. Boston U. will have a week off before hosting a semifinal matchup on Halloween.
The championship game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 6 or Sunday, Nov. 7 at the highest remaining seed. Game times for quarterfinal and semifinal contests will be announced on Monday.
2010 America East Women's Soccer Championship
Thursday, October 28 -- Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 5 New Hampshire at No. 4 Albany, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 6 Maine at No. 3 Hartford, 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 -- Semifinals
Game 3: Game 1 Winner at No. 1 Boston University, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 Winner at No. 2 Stony Brook, 2 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, November 6/7 -- Final (at higher seed)
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, TBA