WOMEN'S SOCCER WINS SHARE OF CONFERENCE REGULAR SEASON TITLE; GRABS NO. 1 SEED FOR TOURNAMENT
DURHAM, N.H. – With all eyes on three of the four America East games on Sunday to decide the fate of the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team, things went half the Wildcats’ way as they were crowned America East Regular Season Co-Champions, and grabbed the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament.
The Wildcats, coached by Mike Jackson (center), have been crowned America East Regular Season Co-Champions, and will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament when it begins Nov. 1.

   
Boston University took care of its business Sunday, beating Binghamton University, 2-0, to finish with 19 points and grab a share of the regular season title with the Wildcats, who also finished with 19 points. A Terrier loss or tie would have given the Wildcats their first outright regular season title in school history. This marks the second time the ‘Cats have shared a regular season title. In 2004, their 6-3-0 record in the conference was good enough to finish in first place along with Binghamton and the University of Maine.
   
Because the first tiebreaker to decide the No. 1 seed for the America East tournament – head-to-head record – was even after the ‘Cats and Terriers played to a scoreless tie Oct. 25, the next tiebreaker was needed, which is points versus other conference opponents in descending rank order. The two teams vying for the third spot, Stony Brook University and the University of Hartford, came into the day tied with 14 points. Because The Wildcats had beaten Hartford, but lost to Stony Brook, and the Terriers had beaten Stony Brook, but lost to Hartford, the ‘Cats needed Hartford to finish ahead of Stony Brook in order to nail down the No. 1 seed, because UNH had three points versus Hartford and BU had none, while the Terriers had three points against Stony Brook and the Wildcats had none.
   
When Maine used a penalty kick to knock off Stony Brook, 1-0, all Hartford needed to do was not lose to Vermont and the Wildcats would have the No. 1 seed. The Hawks did that and more as they blanked Vermont, 2-0, to give the Wildcats their first-ever No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, and home-field advantage throughout it.
   
Third-seeded Hartford hosts sixth-seeded Binghamton on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., while No. 4 Stony Brook hosts No. 5 Maine the same day at 7 p.m. The winner of the Binghamton-Hartford game will be hosted by BU on Sunday, Nov. 4 at noon in one semifinal, while the Maine-Stony Brook winner will travel to Durham on the same day, at the same time, to play the ‘Cats in the other semifinal game. Should UNH advance to the final, it will host the game in Durham on either Nov. 10 or 11.
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