New Hampshire at Vermont
|D.J. Edler is one of Vermont's leading scorers.|
Vermont was in the bottom half of the conference in shots taken with 185. Only Hartford and Albany took fewer attempts at the net. The Catamounts rely on Joe Losier and D.J. Edler, both of whom ranked in the top 10 in goals scored, to create their offense. Look for them to capitalize on chances, not necessarily have a ton of them.
New Hampshire is seventh in the conference in saves with 63, while its goals against average is third in the conference at 1.12. What can this tell us? The Wildcat defense has done a great job this season of limiting opponents' quality chances. Without an official stat for this, we can't tell you for sure, but this theory definitely rung true against Albany.
|Travis Worra has been great for the Wildcats in net.|
Vermont racked up the most whistles in the league with 244 while New Hampshire had just 138, the lowest total in the league. One thing to watch right away when these two teams match up is the style of play. Will things get physical? Or will the two teams back off of each other at all? When the two teams played in the regular season (a 0-0 in two overtimes, by the way), Vermont had 16 fouls to New Hampshire's 11. Both teams were above their respective season averages.
Stony Brook at UMBC
|Pete Caringi III finished the season on a tear.|
This likely isn't a surprise, but these two squads are one and two in goals scored this season. UMBC has knocked in 34 to Stony Brook's 32. Additionally, the Retrievers and the Seawolves are both in the top three in shots taken and have all four of the highest single-game goal totals in the conference. UMBC racked up seven against Hartford (when Pete Caringi III had four) and five against Boston U. (when Caringi III had three) and Stony Brook pumped in five goals twice this season, with the most recent occasion coming in the quarterfinals.
UMBC has piled up 129 corner kicks this season, 32 more than the next highest total. If nothing else, this means that the Retrievers are consistently in the opponents' end of the field. It also seemed like every time you would turn on a UMBC highlight, there was a goal on a corner kick. Keep an eye on these chances tomorrow. Another related stat, UMBC is the conference leader in offsides with 37. Just another number that evidences the Retrievers' style of play: fast and aggressive.
|Leonardo Fernandes leads a dangerous Stony Brook attack.|
Both of these teams have so many players that can do damage, but Stony Brook has a unique balance on its attack. The Seawolves are the only team in the conference with five players that have scored three or more goals. They are also the only team that has more than two players with five goals, as Leonardo Fernandes, Raphael Abreu and Alejandro Fritz all have more than five. UMBC also has multiple dangerous scorers, but Caringi III is the only one them with more than five scores.
Overall, we're looking at two incredibly exciting matchups in the semifinals. One way or another, when the finals roll around we will see a great offense take on a great defense.
Our thoughts are with the Boston U. athletic community, as former swimming and diving coach Reagh "Doc" Wetmore has passed away.
Junior guard Kelsey Hogan has been named captain of New Hampshire's women's basketball team.
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Get an inside look at Stony Brook's women's basketball program.
While we're on Stony Brook, check out the NCAA women's soccer bracket, where Stony Brook will face off against Maryland in the first round.