We have reached the final weekend of the regular season in men’s and women’s lacrosse and playoff bids and seeds are still at stake.
On the men’s side, three teams have already locked down postseason berths with Stony Brook, Albany and UMBC all qualifying. Those three teams are tied atop the league standings and all could collect the top seed and earn home field advantage throughout the conference tourney. The Seawolves and Great Danes square off Saturday night under the lights in Albany while UMBC travels to Binghamton to take on the Bearcats.
Stony Brook is the only team to control its own destiny. A Seawolf would win at Albany would give them the No. 1 seed for the third straight year. Albany would grab the top seed with a win over Stony Brook and a UMBC loss at Binghamton, while the Retrievers pick up No. 1 if it beats Binghamton and Albany beats Stony Brook.
Vermont and Hartford get together on Saturday night as well and the final playoff spot belongs to the winner. The Hawks could move up to the No. 3 seed with a win and a Stony Brook loss since they have the tiebreaker over the Seawolves.
On the women’s side, two seeds have already been decided as Boston University will be No. 1 and Stony Brook No. 2. UMBC has clinched a playoff spot and will learn its seed after the weekend’s action. Vermont, New Hampshire and Albany sit in a three-way tie for the last postseason bid.
Vermont hosts Albany in a huge game for both teams while New Hampshire travels to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves. UMBC closed out its regular season with a 7-6 win over No. 19 John’s Hopkins on Wednesday while Boston University looks to clinch the regular season title outright with a win at Binghamton.
The Albany-Vermont winner will keep its postseason hopes alive while the loser will be eliminated. The winner will also need UNH to lose to Stony Brook in order to earn the four seed, while UMBC would be the three seed in that scenario. Should the Wildcats defeat the Seawolves, UNH would own the three-way tiebreaker between UMBC and the Albany/Vermont winner to capture the three seed, and UMBC would fall to the four seed.
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Let’s take a look at some of the other weekend action from around America East land.
On the baseball diamond, first-place Stony Brook travels to Baltimore to take on UMBC at the Baseball Factory Field. Binghamton makes its way to West Hartford to take on the Hawks while Maine hosts Albany.
Softball action features three-game sets between Hartford and Boston University, Binghamton and Stony Brook and UMBC and Maine. The Seawolves, Terriers and idle Albany Great Danes are a combined 30-7-1 in conference play this season.
Speaking of the Terriers, Boston U. completed a season sweep of Boston College on Thursday smacking four home runs en route to a 6-4 win over the Eagles. Check out a photo gallery from the contest. In final game on Thursday, Hartford broke out the bats scoring 13 runs in a 13-7 win over UConn in Storrs.