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For Immediate Release: October 23, 2005
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU women's soccer will carry No. 3 seed into America East tournament
Defending champion Bearcats will face No. 6 UMBC in Friday quarterfinal at Boston

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton University women's soccer team will carry the No. 3 seed into the America East tournament, which begins Friday on the campus of Boston University. The Bearcats (9-6-3) will face No. 6 UMBC (9-8-1) in the day's second quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m. on Boston's Nickerson Field. Fourth-seeded Vermont (8-8-1) will square off against No. 5 New Hampshire (8-7-2) in the 11 a.m. tilt.

With a quarterfinal win, BU would advance to a semifinal date Sunday afternoon with No. 2 Maine (11-5-1), which receives a first-round bye. Top-seeded Boston (11-4-4) also received a bye and will await the winner of the other quarterfinal game.

Binghamton finished the conference slate with a 5-2-1 record (13 pts.), behind only regular season champion Boston (7-0-1) and Maine (6-1-1). UMBC was 3-4-1 in league play with the one tie coming against the Bearcats on October 13. That game was halted after 71 minutes with the score even at 1-1 when officials deemed the playing conditions on West Gym Field unplayable.

The Bearcats are the defending conference champions, having defeated Northeastern (3-0) and Maine (2-0) last season to win the title. Head coach Jeff Leightman's team was picked to finish fourth in the coaches' pre-season poll. Binghamton is already assured of the program's 19th consecutive winning season.

2005 America East Women's Soccer Championship

First Round at Boston University's Nickerson Field (Boston, Mass.)
Friday, October 28
Game 1: No. 5 New Hampshire vs. No. 4 Vermont, 11 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 UMBC vs. No. 3 Binghamton, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals at Boston University's Nickerson Field (Boston, Mass.)
Sunday, October 30
Game 3: Winner Game 1 at No. 1 Boston University, 12 noon
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 Maine, 2:30 p.m.

Championship Game at higher remaining seed
November 5 or 6
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, TBD

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