Headlining the slate is a matchup of conference unbeaten Albany and 2-1 UMBC in Baltimore as both team remain in contention for the league’s regular-season title and the top seed for the 2012 America East Championship. With a win, the Great Danes will secure one of the top two seeds for the tournament and host a semifinal contest on May 2. The Retrievers need a win to keep its hopes of earning one of the top two seeds alive.
These two teams squared off in three straight title games from 2006 to 2008 with the Retrievers bookending the three years with title wins. The Great Danes punched their ticket to the 2012 America East Championship with last weekend’s win over Vermont after not making the tourney in 2011. UMBC has gotten the best of Albany lately winning five of the last six meetings and nine of the 13 total games in the all-time series. To add some more intrigue to this matchup, the Live Well Network in Baltimore will carry the game live. For more information on how to watch that game, click here. Faceoff from Baltimore is set for 1 p.m.
Elsewhere on Saturday, a rematch of the 2011 championship game between Hartford and Stony Brook will take place on Long Island. Hartford scored an 11-10 win in the title bout last May thanks to a last second goal. The game is set up to be a classic as the league’s top defensive squad in Stony Brook battles the nation’s third-ranked offense in Hartford. The Seawolves clinched a spot in the conference tournament last weekend and can secure one of the top two seeds and a home semifinal contest with a win while Hartford looks to pick up its second straight league win. Stony Brook, which has won 17 straight regular-season games against conference foes, holds a commanding edge in the all-time series between the two teams, 18-6.
First faceoff from LaValle Stadium on Long Island is set for 7 p.m.
In the remaining men’s lacrosse contest this weekend, Binghamton travels to Vermont for a game at Virtue Field. Prior to that game, a ceremony will take place to honor and dedicate the Virtue Family. The game is also part of the first doubleheader at UVM’s new facility as the Catamount women’s lacrosse team takes on Binghamton at noon to get the day started. Details, here.
The women’s lacrosse playoff landscape will get some fine tuning this weekend as well. Boston University earned the right to host the tournament with its win over Stony Brook last weekend. Those same Seawolves can lock up to the two seed with a win at Albany Saturday afternoon. The Terriers take on Canisius at Nickerson Field and New Hampshire travels to UMBC to round out Saturday’s lacrosse docket.
UVM can clinch a postseason berth in women’s lacrosse with wins in its final two games. The Cats are in that position in large part to senior Samantha Stern, who has broken the single-season assists record (36) and also leads this team in points with 60. Check out the Burlington Free Press for an article about Stern and her playmaking ability. Let’s take a look at action on the diamond this weekend. Thanks to predicted lousy weather, several series have been moved up to Friday and Saturday to get all scheduled games in. Stony Brook and Hartford get together for a four-game set on Friday and Saturday. Maine puts its unblemished conference record on the line against Binghamton. The Maine Campus has more on that series. Lastly, Albany and UMBC play four in Baltimore.
Albany and Binghamton take the field in softball. The Danes and Bearcats start that series this afternoon. Stony Brook takes on Maine on Long Island and UMBC and Hartford play a three-game set starting today, as well. The Bangor Daily News has an article about the freshmen having an impact for the Black Bears.
Boston University’s softball team rolled to a pair of shutouts against Rhode Island yesterday afternoon. Holli Floetker tossed her first no-hitter of the season in the first game of the twinbill. The Daily Free Press has more. Stony Brook also swept a doubleheader yesterday against Bryant.
In non-athletic news, Paul Ferguson was inaugurated as University of Maine’s 19th president on Thursday. The Bangor Daily News had a recap and video of the event.