BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in the history of the UMass Boston athletics program, two teams will be competing in this week’s Little East Conference tournament as the number one seeds as women’s soccer and volleyball will host their respective tournaments. Women’s Soccer will host their semi-final match on Friday, while volleyball will be the host team for Saturday’s semi-finals and Sunday’s championship match.
Both squads earned first-round byes in this year’s conference tournaments after posting 6-1 conference records during the regular season. Volleyball’s regular season title marked the fourth straight and third outright under head coach Terry Condon.
The regular season title for women’s soccer is the first-ever championship in the program’s history. The Beacons six-wins were a program best and earned UMB a share of the regular season title alongside the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University. UMass grabbed the number one seed because they defeated ECSU earlier this month (1-0) for the first time ever.
Women’s soccer will host their first-ever semi-final match on Friday at Clark Athletic Center Field and will face the winner Thursday’s quarterfinal match between the fourth-seeded Owls of Keene State College and the fifth-seeded Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth.
If UMass is victorious in Friday’s semi-final match-up, they will host the championship match on Sunday, which will also mark a program first. Start time for Friday’s semi-final is scheduled for 2 p.m..
For volleyball, their 2012 season was perhaps one of the toughest in program history having faced multiple nationally and regionally ranked opponents. The Beacons claimed the regular season title after they defeated the second-seeded Colonials of Western Connecticut State University on October 16. Due to the continued construction on the Clark Athletic Center Gym, this year’s championship tournament will be played at Quincy High School in Quincy, Mass.
The Beacons will host both semi-final matches, which are scheduled to be played on Saturday and the championship match which is scheduled to be played on Sunday. Start time for the first semi-final match, which will feature the Beacons is scheduled to start at noon. The second semi-final match between Western Connecticut and the winner of No. 6 Plymouth State University and No. 3 Keene State College will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday's championship match is slated for a 12 p.m. start.
UMass Boston will face the winner of the No. 4 Eastern Connecticut State University and No. 5 Rhode Island College. Just like their women’s soccer counterparts the Beacons defeated both programs during the regular season both by the finals of 3-0.
Live Stats and video will be available for all tournament games with links to be posted later this week. Winners of this year’s conference tournaments will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division III tournaments, which are scheduled to begin next week.
2012 Little East Women's Soccer Championship
Wednesday, October 31 – First Round
#6 University of Southern Maine at #3 Western Connecticut State University
#5 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at #4 Keene State College, 6 p.m.
Friday, November 2 – Semifinal Round
#5/#4 Winner at #1 University of Massachusetts Boston, 2 p.m.
#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.
2012 Little East Volleyball Championship
Wednesday, October 31—First Round
#6 Plymouth State University at #3 Keene State College, 6 p.m.
#5 Rhode Island College at #4 Eastern Connecticut State University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 3—Semifinal Round
#5/#4 Winner vs. #1 University of Massachusetts Boston, 12 p.m.
#6/#3 Winner vs. #2 Western Connecticut State University, 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 – Championship Round
Semifinal Winners #1 vs. Semifinal Winner #2, 12 p.m.