Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore (@JDFiore) becomes our first two-time recipient of the prestigious Daily Word Tweet of the Day.
Fiore tweeted this morning about the new America East commissioner Amy Huchthausen saying, “she WILL do great.” We are all excited to have Amy on board here at the office in Cambridge and look forward to having her back in the America East.
Women’s soccer and volleyball teams played their conference openers last weekend and it’s time for men’s soccer and field hockey squads do the same. Both sports kickoff conference schedules this weekend, starting the journey towards an America East championship.
We’ll start in men’s soccer where conference supremacy is up for grabs because no team has really stood out as the clear-cut favorite. Vermont currently sits in first-place but three teams are directly behind them and the preseason conference favorite sits in the cellar. So, the door is wide open.
In action this afternoon are New Hampshire and Stony Brook. Those two teams square off in Durham and are currently tied in the overall standings, both teams entering today’s game with .500 records. Business really picks up on Saturday, though, with six teams playing their conference openers. Binghamton travels to Vermont to take on the Catamounts, Boston University heads down to Hartford in a battle between the two bottom teams in the standings and Albany makes its way to Baltimore to tussle with UMBC.
With four nationally ranked teams in the conference, field hockey conference play will have some implications on the national scale. No. 10 New Hampshire opens its conference slate this afternoon against Fairfield, which has won five games in a row. No. 15 Maine and No. 17 Albany square off in Orono tomorrow which should be a great game. Also tomorrow, No. 18 Boston U. hosts Vermont in Allston. That wraps up the first weekend in conference play, but several teams play one final non-conference game on Sunday.
Volleyball continues conference play this weekend with all seven teams in action at least once. Tonight, Stony Brook hosts Albany, UMBC welcomes Binghamton and New Hampshire ventures south to take on Providence. On Sunday, it’s Albany’s turn in Baltimore taking on the Retrievers, Hartford battles at Providence and Binghamton is at Stony Brook.
For the complete weekend schedule head on over to AmericaEast.com.
Last night eight women’s soccer teams tangled with conference foes to begin the second weekend of America East play. Hartford continued its best start in program history with a 1-0 win at Binghamton. The Hawks have only surrendered three goals this year and all six of Binghamton’s losses of been of the 1-0 variety. Vermont gave Boston U. a challenge in the first half but the Terriers flexed their muscles in the second half scoring four times en route to a 5-0 victory. UMBC tallied the first goal against Stony Brook but the Seawolves then scored four unanswered to topple the Retrievers,4-1. In the final game of the evening, New Hampshire got five points from Meghan Ledwith and defeated Albany, 5-3.
In other news, Vermont women’s basketball alum Courtnay Pilypaitis and the rest of Team Canada advanced to the semi-finals of the FIBA America’s Championship. Canada defeated Jamaica to conclude preliminary play on Wednesday and will play Argentina today. The winner of this tournament will get an automatic berth into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Elsewhere, on the professional basketball front, 2011 Vermont grad Tonya Young has signed a professional contract to play basketball for Clube Desportivo Torres Novas in Portugal. Young is the fourth lady Catamount in the last seven years to ink a pro deal.