NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University
of Massachusetts Boston captured the No. 1 seed in the Little East
Women's Soccer Championship when the conference office announced
the six-team tournament field this evening. The Beacons clinched
the program's first regular season title with a victory at Plymouth
State to earn home field advantage throughout the tournament.
UMass Boston (16-2) and Eastern Connecticut State University (9-6-2) each earned a share of the Little East regular season title, but the Beacons secured the No. 1 seed with a 1-0 in Boston on Oct.13. The Warriors have claimed at least of share of the past three conference regular season championships.
The Little East Conference will sponsor two first round matches. Fourth-seeded Keene State College (11-8-1) will host fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (11-4-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine (3-13) will travel to third-seeded Western Connecticut State University (14-3-2) at 6 p.m. on Thursday. November 1.
Top-seeded UMass Boston will host the winner between the Owls and Corsairs, while Eastern Connecticut will square off against the winner between the Colonials and Huskies on Saturday, November 3. The two victors will meet at the highest remaining seed on Sunday, November 4. The champion of the 2012 Little East Women's Soccer tournament will earn the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
Fans unable to make it to the site of competition can keep up with all the information from the 2012 Little East Fall Championships on Tournament Central. Little East Tournament Central will provide the multi-media links, tournament pairings, and past results for the conference's five fall championships.
Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.
2012 Little East Women's Soccer Championship
Wednesday, October 31 – First Round
#5 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at #4 Keene State College, 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 -- First Round
#6 University of Southern Maine at #3 Western Connecticut State University, 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 – Semifinal Round
#5/#4 Winner at #1 University of Massachusetts Boston, 2
#6/#3 Winner at #2 Eastern Connecticut State University, 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 -- Championship Round
Semifinal Winner #1 vs. Semifinal Winner #2, 12 p.m.