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A Look At What Happened On Friday Night In Key College Soccer Contests Coast To Coast

Finalists for many conference tournaments were determined on Friday night. Some contests went as anticipated but as is always the case their were several upsets. The action continues on Saturday and Sunday with automatic berths and seeding in the NCAA Tournament on the line. 


Washington 3 - Oregon State 1 - The Huskies secure the Pac-12 title with an 8-2-0 mark in conference play.  Junior midfielder Blake Bodily broke the ice in the tenth minute of play when he finished a cross from Lucas Meek to give Washington a 1-0 lead.  The contest remained 1-0 at halftime.  Oregon State got on the board in the second half when back Loke Strenov controlled a loose ball in the box and sent it into the back of the frame to knot the score at 1-1. Senior midfielder Joey Parish answered for Washington scoring twice in the seventy-eighth minute to make it 3-1 Washington. Sam Fowler had one save in goal for the Huskies. Adrian Fernandez had three stops in goal for the Beavers.


Indiana 1 - Maryland 0 (ot) - Indiana advances to the Big Ten title match behind  a solid team effort on the defensive side of the ball and a successful penalty kick in the 103rd minute of play by sophomore back Jack Maher.  Indiana had a twenty-two to six advantage in shots for the evening.  Freshman goalkeeper Roman Celetano had two saves in goal for the Hoosiers while Niklas Neumann had an eight save evening in goal for Maryland.  Indiana improves to 14-2-3 overall and advances to face Michigan in the championship contest.  The Terps drop to 10-7-2 and await an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.


Missouri State 1 - Drake 0 - Josh Dolling's goal out of a free kick in the sixty-seventh minute of play  with an assist from Jack Denton and solid team defense gave Missouri State the edge they need to secure the win in this Missouri Valley Conference semifinal match. The goal was Dolling's fifth game-winner of the season to date.  Missouri State has allowed a total of only ten goals so far this year. Michael Creek had three saves in goal for Missouri State and Luke Anderson had two saves between the pipes for Drake.  The Bears continue to roll as they improve to 17-0-0 and advance to face Loyola Chicago on Sunday in the championship match.


Bowling Green - 1 - Akron 0 - Junior midfielder Chris Sullivan sent a shot into the upper corner of the goal from the corner of the box in the seventeenth minute that proved to be the difference in this Mid-American Conference semifinal contest.  The goal was Sullivan's seventh of the year. The Falcons return to the title game for the first time since 2014. Anthony Mwembia had four saves in goal to anchor a solid Bowling Green defense.  Tor Saunders had one save in goal for Akron.  Bowling Green will face West Virginia in the championship match on Sunday.  The Falcons defeated West Virginia 3-0 when they faced each other back on October 26.  


West Virginia 3 - Western Michigan 2 - Josh Dimatteo scored twice and defender Albert Andres-Lipp converted a penalty kick that resulted from a foul in the box on forward Tony Pineda to enable the number six seeded Mountaineers to upset number two seed Western Michigan to advance to the championship match of the Mid-American Conference.  Paul Liagre and Daniel Nimick scored for Western Michigan.  The Mountaineers will face Bowling Green on Sunday in the championship match.  West Virginia head coach Marion LeBlanc stated, "We're really looking forward to getting to play on Sunday. It's a one game opportunity to get into the NCAA Tournament."   


Loyola Chicago 2 - Bradley 1 - These two teams tied 0-0 twice when they faced each other during regular season play.  Loyola Chicago was the aggressor in this one but Bradley got on the board in the fifteenth minute of play when a pass by Bradley defender Jack Lang deflected into the back of the frame off a Loyola Chicago defender.  Loyola Chicago knotted the score at 1-1 and got new life when midfielder Aidan Megally converted a penalty kick to net his tenth goal of the season. Midfielder Justin Sukow netted the game-winner for Loyola Chicago when he place a shot inside the left post after receiving a pass from Alex Moskal to make it 2-1. The goal was Sukow's ninth of the season.  Loyola Chicago improves to 11-4-3 and advances to face Missouri State in the championship contest on Sunday.


Michigan 1 - Penn State 0 - These two teams played to a scoreless tie when they faced each other back on September 27.  As expected, this one was close but a picture perfect goal from Michigan senior forward Jack Hallahan out of a free-kick in the sixty-second minute and lock down play on the defensive side of the ball gave the Wolverines the edge they needed to secure the win.  Freshman Owen Finnerty, playing in place of injured netminder Andrew Verdi, had two saves in goal while the Wolverine backline limited Penn State to only six shots.  Kris Shakes had four saves in goal for Penn State.  Michigan improves to 11-4-4 and advances to face Indiana in the Big Ten final on Sunday.  Penn State is now 12-3-3 and will await an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.


UC Davis 2 - UC Santa Barbara 0 - This one was played before a crowd of 1,308 fans at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, California. UC Davis continues to impress. This one looked like it might be scoreless until a goal from Andy Velasquez with an assist from Robert Mejia in the fifty-fifth minute gave UC Davis a 1-0 advantage.  Kristina Heptner made it 2-0 when he scored in the closing minute of regulation with Mickelson providing the helper to put this one on ice. UC Davis secures the Big West Tournament title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that goes with it. Willis Lapsley had a single save in goal for the Aggies to secure his ninth shutout of the year.  Ben Roach had five saves in goal for the Gauchos who drop to 12-4-4 and await the receipt of an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.  


Marshall 1 - Kentucky 0 - Neither team could break through until Vinicius Fernandes found the back of the frame from close range in the seventy-seventh minute that was set up by a cross from Jamil Roberts. The goal was Fernandes' second of the year and the helper was Roberts' tenth of the season to date.  Kentucky had an eleven shot evening but only one was on frame. Paulo Pita recorded the shutout in goal for Marshall. Enrique Facusse had three stops in goal for Kentucky. Marshall  improves to 14-2-3 and advances to face Charlotte in the CUSA Championship match. Kentucky is now 13-4-3 and awaits an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament.


Charlotte 1 - FIU 0 - Senior midfielder Teddy Chaouche comes up big for the 49ers once again when he drove a header into the back of the goal after receiving a cross from junior midfielder Joe Brito in the fourteenth minute of the game. A stout Charlotte defense led in goal by Elliot Panicco recorded their eighth shutout of the season.  The 49ers advance to the CUSA title match for the third year in a row where they will face a Marshall team that they tied 0-0 in regular season play.


Seattle 1 - UC Bakersfield 0 - This defensive oriented contest was decided by an own goal in the sixty-fifth minute.  Akili Kasim had four saves in goal for Seattle while Detre Bell had six saves in goal for UC Bakersfield.  Seattle had a sixteen to thirteen advantage in shots for the day. Seattle head coach Pete Fewing pretty much summed things up when he stated, "We gutted it out today. It wasn't the prettiest game, but we got it done"  Seattle advances to the WAC Tournament title match to face a Utah Valley team that they topped 2-1 in overtime when the two teams met during regular season play.  Utah Valley advanced past Air Force in a contest that was decided by a penalty kick shootout after it was scoreless at the end of regulation and extra time.


Rhode Island 0 - Fordham 0 (ot) - This one was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Rhode Island advanced after prevailing seven to six in a penalty kick shootout. The Rams advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship contest on Sunday where they will square off with Dayton who beat VCU 1-0. Rhode Island and Dayton did not face each other during regular season play. Rhode Island is 13-3-3 and Dayton 13-7-0.


Georgia State 1 - Central Arkansas 0 - Georgia State advances to their fifth consecutive Sun Belt Conference final with back Alex Summerfield's goal from the left side of the box in the seventy-sixth minute the difference along with a solid bend but don't brake performance on the defensive side of the ball from backs Summerfield, Kyle Clinton, George Proctor and goalkeeper Paul Tyson who had five saves.  Marc Olsen had a single save in goal for Central Arkansas. Georgia State advances to the championship match on Sunday where they will face Coastal Carolina.


Coastal Carolina 2 - Appalachian State 1 - Defender Kasper Skraep headed in a rebound and forward Sam Smaith converted a header out of a corner kick served in by defender Timm Morten to give Coastal Carolina a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Appalachian State pulled one back in the second half when freshman defender Myson Darden drove a header into the back of the frame after receiving a cross from midfielder Dimitris Moraikakis.  Coastal Carolina improves to 9-7-2 while Appalachian State drops to 11-7-1.  


Fairleigh Dickinson 0 - Saint Francis 0 (ot) - Fairleigh Dickinson advanced in a penalty kick shootout 3-1 after the contest was scoreless at the conclusion of 110 minutes of play. Both teams attacked but defense ruled the day in this unexpected result.  FDU head coach Seth Roland stated, "Anyone who would say a 0-0 soccer game is boring just missed an exciting one. Both teams hit the post two or three times, so it was pretty exciting."  Saint Francis had a twenty-five to fourteen advantage in shots and a seven to four advantage in shots of goal.  Jahmali Waite had seven saves in goal for FDU.  Fairleigh Dickinson advances to the NEC championship game on Sunday to face an LIU team that advanced by defeating Bryant 4-0.  



 

Six Games To Key An Eye On This Weekend - College Soccer Coast To Coast

There are plenty of great college soccer games on tap this weekend as teams vie for NCAA Tournament berths and seeding in the NCAA Tournamet. Six of the most intriguing are outlined below.  


UC Santa Barbara (12-3-4) vs. UC Davis (12-4-2) - The Gauchos and Aggies collide on Friday night in Davis, California with the Big West Conference title on the line and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that accompanies it.  The two teams tied 1-1 when they faced each other in Davis on October 23. This is a gut check "something has to give" contest which makes it among the more interesting and exciting championship matches. 

Defense has been UC Davis' calling card.  Veteran senior netminder Wallis Lapsley and junior backs Nabi Kibunguchy and Jake Haupt are part of a Aggie defense that has only allowed a total of twelve goals and posted eight shutouts. Adam Mickelson (4g, 5a) is the go-to guy on the offensive side of the ball for UC Davis.  

The Aggies are no stranger to the championship match having played their way into it the past three years. UC Davis belongs on the short list of teams for which the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. In other words, they play well together as a team which is a big plus and advantage in a sport in which there are so many moving parts.  

UC Santa Barbara has not fared well in Big West Tournament play and are highly motivated to get that monkey off their backs. The Gauchos are making their first appearance in the Big West championship game since 2015. One of the keys for the Gauchos is finding the right balance between applying pressure on the offensive side of the ball and remaining organized defensively.  Forward Rodney Michael (5g, 8a) and attacking midfielders Thibault Candia (6g, 6a) and Fin Ballard McBride (9g, 2a) add punch to a UCSB attack that has netted a total of thirty-seven goals so far this year. They are difference makers who equip UCSB with the type of playmaking ability that UC Davis may have difficulty containing for a full ninety minutes. Sophomore goalkeeper Ben Davis, backs Noah Billingsley and Hunter Ashworth and defensive midfielder Sahid Conteh are among the members of a Gaucho defense that has allowed eighteen goals.  

Statistically UC Davis has the edge on the defensive side of the ball while UC Santa Barbara has been more productive on the offensive side. Forget that, the outcome of this one is going to be going to be determined by which team maintains its composure, does the things well that have gotten them to this point, and gets into a rhythm early on. 


Providence (14-5-0) vs. Georgetown (14-1-3) - This Big East Tournament final which will take place on Sunday in Washington belongs on the upset watch list. Georgetown is among the most talented teams in the country but Providence comes into the contest with a ton of momentum with a resume that includes six consecutive wins during which they have outscored their opponents fourteen to four.  Georgetown comes into the Big East Championship match off a 1-1 tie with Creighton and a 2-2 tie with Butler. 

This one will likely be decided by who is able to get the best of the run of play in the middle third of the field with Georgetown's Jacob Montes and Sean Zawadski and Providence's Tiago Mendonca, Paulo Lima and Danny Griffin among those who will have an impact on that. Chances are pretty good that the play of redshirt senior back Joao Serrano for Providence and Georgetown senior back and team captain Dylan Nealis will also figure into the outcome since both have demonstrated big play ability all year.

Georgetown defeated the Friars when the two teams faced each other back on September 28 but that is ancient history at this point. The Hoyas are tough to top when they get into a rhythm but they are vulnerable when they are not. Georgetown could be in trouble if they come out flat against a confident Providence team that seems to be playing its best soccer of the year at the right time.


Indiana (13-2-3) vs. Maryland (10-6-2) - Indiana returns to the scene of the crime in this Big Ten Tournament semifinal contest which is slated for Friday in College Park, Maryland.  The Terps gave the Hoosiers a wakeup call when they halted their thirty-two match Big Ten regular season unbeaten streak with a 3-0 win in College Parkback on October 18. Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the fifteenth minute of play in that contest and never looked back. The Hoosiers had a ten to eight advantage in shots but none of them were on goal. Indiana's defense anchored by Jack Maher, Simon Weaver and Spencer Glass among others and freshman goalkeeper Roman Celentano will need to do a better job of handling the pressure that Maryland will bring, particularly in the early going, if they want to avoid a repeat of what happened in the last contest.  

Maryland has played very well at times but lapses in play on the defensive side of the ball perhaps fueled by injuries have hampered their consistency and effectiveness.  This is a very good but not vintage Maryland team with a small margin for error. That means they have to put together a full ninety minute shift, as they did when they faced IU during regular season play, in order to top the Hoosiers. Maryland matches up well with Indiana so if they play with the same level of intensity that they did in the prior contest they have a good chance of advancing to the championship game.  Midfielder Eli Crognale (4g, 5a) and forward Eric Matzzelevich (5g, 1a) are keys to the Terp attack. Backs Johannes Bergmann, Brett St. Martin, and Ben and Matt  DiRosa anchor the defense along with freshman netminder NIklas Neumann.  


Clemson (16-1-1) vs. Virginia (16-1-1) - This Atlantic Coast Conference championship game will take place on Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. It is a classic!  The two teams didn't face each other during regular season play. College Soccer News has Virginia as the number one team in the country and Clemson as the number two team.  Both teams look to be set for one of the top four seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament but this one will impact which seed. 

Both teams play well on both sides of the ball but Clemson is among the best in the country on offense with an attack led by Robbie Robinson (15g, 9a), Kimani Smith (13g, 5a), Grayson Barber (9g, 8a) and freshman Philip Mayaka (2g, 8a) that has scored a total of sixty-four goals against a highly competitive slate of opponents.  On the other hand, goalkeeper Colin Shutler and backs Henry Kessler, Andreas Ueland and Robin Afameufuna are part of a Virginia defense that has only allowed a total of six goals while playing a very demanding schedule.

Despite the strengths of both teams, Clemson's play on the defensive side of the ball and Virginia's ability to effectively apply pressure on the offensive side of the ball will have a big impact on the outcome. Clemson does not want to give up a goal and have to chase Virginia. The Cavaliers are playing with fire if they play on their back foot and put themselves in a position where they are continually under pressure on the defensive side of the ball. This one has all the ingredients for a great college soccer contest.  


Lafayette (9-6-5) vs. Lehigh (12-4-3) - This Patriot League title match will take place Saturday with number one seed Lehigh hosting number four seed Lafayette at Ulrich Sports Complex. The number one seed would normally be the favorite but you can forget seeding when it comes to the Patriot League Tournament where more often than not the higher seed, particularly the number one seed, does not prevail. In addition, the two teams tied 0-0 in a game that featured forty fouls when they squared off on October 26 at the Ulrich Sports Complex.  

Expect no prisoners to be taken in this one which will likely be a defensive battle with the winner being the side that does not squander the scoring opportunities that come their way.  Fasten your seatbelts as this one should be a battle.  A single goal could prove to be the difference. 


Michigan (10-4-4) vs. Penn State (12-2-3) - This Big Ten semifinal game will be played on Friday at Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland. The Wolverines have had somewhat of an up and down season but look to be on an upswing with a 4-0-1 mark in their last five contests that included wins over Notre Dame 1-0 and Maryland 4-2. Michigan is a dangerous team with an attack powered by Nebojsa Popovic (10g, 3a) and Jack Hallahan (4g, 6a) among others and a midfield driven by playmaker Marc Ybarra (0g, 8a. ). Freshman Owen Finnerty has been the starter in goal for the past three games taking over for the injured Andrew Verdi who was named the 2019 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.  

Penn State has had a banner season and will come into this game with a 7-0-1 mark in their last eight contests. This is Penn State's first appearance in the conference semifinal since the 2009 season so they are sailing in uncharted waters.  Senior midfielder  Andrew Molloy (8g, 6a), freshman forward Liam Butts (9g, 1a) who has five game-winners, and senior forward Christian Sload (5g, 5a) have played key roles in the success that Penn State has enjoyed on the offensive side of the ball this year.  Look for them to put pressure on Finnerty and the Michigan backline. 

The two teams tied 0-0 when they faced each other in regular season play. Michigan will likely press the attack in the early going but that should even out as the game progresses. Penn State has been the more consistent team throughout the year but Michigan seems to have renewed energy and focus. Whoever scores first will have a huge advantage but it may take two goals to secure the win in what looks to be a contest that could go either way.  



Conference Play Around The Country and the Impact It May Have on the NCAA Tournament Field

A look at the twenty-four conferences and the impact that conference tournaments may have on the NCAA Tournament field. You can count on several unexpected conference tourney winners which will impact at-large selections. Who looks to be in and who looks to be on the bubble. 


Atlantic Coast Conference                     

All twelve members qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed Clemson (14-1-1/6-1-1), number two seed Virginia (14-1-1/6-1-1), number three seed Wake Forest (13-3-1/6-2-0) and number four seed Pittsburgh (8-6-2/6-2-0) earned a first-round bye. Syracuse, NC State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame advanced to the quarterfinals. It seemed likely that one of the four seeds would be upset but that was not to be the case. Virginia topped Syracuse 2-1, Pitt defeated NC State 2-1, Wake Forest advanced past Virginia Tech in penalty kicks, and Clemson defeated Notre Dame 3-0.  

The semifinals take place on Wednesday, November 13 with Wake Forest traveling to face Virginia and Pitt traveling to Historic Riggs Field to take on Clemson.    

Wake Forest is very capable of winning it all. Pitt is a long shot but they have established that on a given day they can beat anyone in the country.  Clemson and Virginia are the frontrunners. They didn’t face each other during regular season play.  Clemson lost to Wake Forest 3-2 in overtime in Winston Salem and tied Virginia Tech 0-0 at home in conference play. Virginia lost to Pitt 2-0 and tied Boston College 1-1 in regular season conference play.  If Clemson and Virginia advance to face each other in the conference final it will be a matchup between Clemson’s high-powered attack led by Robbie Robinson (15g, 9a), Kimarni Smith (13g, 5a) and Grayson Barber (9g, 7a) and a tenacious Virginia defense that has allowed a total of only five goals this year. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook – Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Louisville, Boston College look to be locks for a berth based on their RPI. NC State, Syracuse and Pitt are on the bubble with a very good chance of earning an at-large berth. 


America East Conference

The top six teams in the regular season qualified for the conference tournament. New Hampshire (12-1-3) and Vermont (11-5-1) are the two top seeds and earned a first-round bye. They tied 1-1 when they faced each other last week in regular season play. New Hampshire and Vermont are the frontrunners and will likely meet in the final.

UMass Lowell (9-7-1) upset Albany to advance to the semifinals to face New Hampshire on Wednesday, November 13. New Hampshire topped UMass Lowell 4-0 when the two met back on October 19. Hartford (11-4-4) topped Binghamton 3-0 and will face Vermont in the other semifinal. Vermont defeated Hartford 3-0 when the two teams met during the regular season. The championship contest is on tap for the weekend.

NCAA Tournament Outlook – New Hampshire looks to be a lock for an at-large berth with an RPI of seventeen Everyone else will likely have to win the tournament and the automatic berth in order to go dancing.


American Athletic Conference

The top six teams in the regular season qualified for the conference tournament. UCF (13-1-2) and SMU (14-1-1) are the two top seeds and earned a first-round bye.  UCF and SMU tied 3-3 when the faced each other in Dallas during regular season play with SMU coming from two goals down to secure the tie.

Number three seeded South Florida (11-5-1) defeated number six seeded Connecticut 1-0 to advance to the semifianls to face SMU on Wednesday, November 13. The Mustangs thumped South Florida 3-0 in Tampa when they squared off during regular season play. Number five seeded Temple (8-7-2) defeated number four seeded Memphis 2-1 in overtime to move forward to face UCF in the other semifinal.  UCF defeated Temple 2-0 when the two teams faced each other on September 27. 

The championship contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 16 in Orlando.  

UCF and SMU are the prohibitive favorites to advance to the championship contest but both South Florida and Temple have played well down the homestretch and are capable of pulling off the upset. South Florida comes into the contest off a three game winning streak. Temple is 5-1-1 over their last seven contests. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook – UCF and SMU are locks for an at-large berth based on their RPI if they don’t win the conference tournament. Memphis was on the bubble at one time but losses in five out of their last seven contests derailed their chances of an at-large berth. South Forida and Temple are on the fringe of the bubble RPI wise and would likely need to win the conference tournament in order to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tourney. 


ASUN Conference

Top six teams in the regular season qualified for the conference tournament. NJIT and FGCU are the two top seeds and earned a first-round bye.

NJIT defeated FGCU on the road when the two faced each other in regular season play. North Florida advanced to face FGCU and Stetson advanced to face NJIT in the semifinals. FGCU (9-7-2) defeated North Florida 2-1 behind goals from Ivan Rosales and O'Vonte Mullings to advance to the championship match. NJIT topped Stetson 3-2 tp advance to the championship game for the first time in the history of the program.

FGCU will travel to Mal Simon Stadium in Newark to face NJIT in the championship match on Saturday, November 16. NJIT is powered by Rene White (17g, 2a) and FGCU by O’Vonte Mullings (9g, 2a) and Shak Adams (4g, 5a). Both teams have top notch finishers who are capable of taking over a contest. Give NJIT the edge due to the homefield advantage but give FGCU the edge experience wise. It should be a great college soccer match. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook – The tournament winner will represent the ASUN in the NCAA Tournament. No at-large berths will be forthcoming. 


Atlantic 10 Conference

The top eight teams in regular season play in the thirteen member Atlantic 10 qualified for the conference tournament. Rhode Island (12-3-2/7-1-0) is the number one seed and VCU (7-7-2/6-1-1) is the second seed.

Rhode Island comes into the tourney on an eight-game winning streak.  Rhode Island’s lone loss in conference play was a 1-0 defeat by Saint Louis. VCU lost to Rhode Island 2-1 and tied Fordham 0-0. 

Four teams are left standing. Number one seed Rhode Island will face number five seed Fordham in one semifinal while number two seed VCU will tangle with number three seed Dayton in the other. The seminfinals will take place on Friday, November 15 at Jack Coffey Field at Fordham University. 

Rhode Island is the team to beat but number three seed Dayton with firepower provided by Jonas Fjeldberg (11g, 9a), Kingsford Adjei (10g, 5a) and Toluwalase Oladeinbo (8g, 1a) has won seven straight since losing to VCU 2-1 in overtime back on October 9 and look to be very capable of getting hot and winning it. Rhode Island defeated Fordham 3-1 on October 5 but Fordham will have the home field advantage this time which could make a difference. VCU under Dave Giffard is always a tough opponent to face. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook – The tournament winner will represent the Atlantic 10 in the NCAA Tournament. No at large berths are anticipated.


Big East Conference 

The top six teams in the conference qualified for the conference tournament. Number one seed Georgetown (14-1-2/7-0-2) and number two seed Saint John’s (13-3-1/6-2-1) earned a first-round bye. 

The semifinals will take place on Wednesday November 13 with Butler (11-6-1/4-4-1) facing Georgetown and Providence (13-5-0/6-3-0) advancing to face St. John’s. The championship match is slated for Sunday November 17. 

Georgetown has a ton of talent on both sides of the ball and is the clear favorite to win the Big East Tournament but their margin for error is relatively small if they don’t bring their A game. The Hoyas tied DePaul 0-0 and Creighton 1-1 in conference regular season contests. Butler lost to Georgetown 3-0 when they faced each other back on September 20. Since that time Butler has recorded wins over the likes of Indiana, Providence and Akron

St. John’s is led on the offensive side of the ball by sophomore forward Tani Oluwaseyi (10g, 4a) who has contributed five game-winning goals but the Red Storm has faltered down the home stretch going 1-2-1 in their last four contests including a 3-0 loss to Georgetown, a 1-1 tie with Seton Hall and a 2-0 loss to Providence. A confident Providence side (13-5-0/6-3-0) is peaking at the right time with five straight wins. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook – Georgetown and St. John’s are locks for a berth based on their RPIs.  Providence and Butler are on the bubble with their chances of an at-large berth possibly hinging on a good showing in the conference tournament.


Big South Conference

The top six teams in the conference qualified for the conference tournament. Number one seed Campbell (14-2-2/8-0-0) under head coach Dusin Fonder and number two seed High Point (12-6-0/7-1-0) under the direction of first year head coach Zach Haines earned first round byes.

Campbell is led on the offensive side of the ball by junior forward Thibaut Jacquel and on the defensive side by backs Gideon Betz, Franck Momo, Moses Mensah and Bissafi Dotte and goalkeeper Samuel Lechuga. Campbell topped HIgh Point 2-1 on the road when the two squared off on November 2. 

Number five seed Presbyterian (6-12-1) advanced to face Campbell and number three seed Gardner-Webb (9-7-2) advanced to face High Point in the semifinals on Wednesday, November 13 with the winner of those two games squareing off on Sunday in the championship contest.

Campbell thumped Presbyterian 6-2 back on October 12 but Presbyterian has performed well in the tournament before so Campbell can't afford to take them lightly. High Point could also have trouble getting past a very competitve Gardner-Webb team if they are unable to finish the scoring opportunities that come their way. The Panthers slipped past Gardner-Webb 1-0 with Ilias Kosmidis (6g, 1a) scoring the lone goal of the match in the seventy-seventh minute when the two teams faced each other during regular season play back on October 12.  

NCAA Tournament Outlook -  Campbell has an outside shot at an at-large berth but more likely than not only the winner of the conference tournament will secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  


Big Ten Conference

All nine members of the conference participated in the conference tournament. Four teams remain in contention with number one seed Indiana (13-2-3) facing number five seed Maryland (10-6-2) and number two seed Penn State (12-2-3)  facing number three seed Michigan (10-4-4)  in the semifinals on Friday, November 15 at College Park, Maryland. 

Indiana and Penn State are the frontrunners but there is a good chance that one of them will not advance to the final.  Michigan and Penn State tied when they played on September 27.  Michigan is undefeated in their last five contests with signature wins over Notre Dame and Maryland.   Penn State is undefeated in their last eight matches with notable wins over Pittsburgh and Maryland. This one could easily go either way depending on which team is able to settle into a rhythm and set the pace. 

Indiana has won five straight since they were topped by Maryland in College Park on October 18. Indiana is a young team but the good news is that their freshman now have a season of experience under their belts.  Maryland is always dangerous and they have the advantage of playing at home. The Terps come into this one off losses to Penn State and Michigan before topping Northwestern 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a penalty kick by Eli Crognale the difference in the contest.  Maryland also has a lot of freshmen in their starting lineup and as a result are a bit unpredictable.  Defense may rule in this one if both teams play cautiously.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - Indiana, Penn State, Maryland all look to be a lock for an at-large berth with Michigan on the bubble perhaps needing a win to strengthen its case if they don't win the tournament and the automatic berth that goes with it.  


Big West Conference

Six teams qualified for the Big West Tournament.  The field has been narrowed down to number one seed UC Davis (12-4-2/5-1-1) and number two seed UC Santa Barbara (12-3-4/4-1-2) who will square off in the championship contest on Friday, November 15. 

UC Davis advanced by defeating Cal State Fullerton 2-0. UCSB advanced by topping CSUN 2-0.  UC Davis and UCSB tied 1-1 when the two teams faced each other on October 23 so this one easily could go either way.  UC Davis has gained momentum and improved as the season has progressed. They are rock solid on the defensive side of the ball led by senior goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley and have a balanced attack without one dominant goal scorer. 

UCSB has had difficulty at times balancing offensive pressure with stability on the defensive side of the ball and their track record in Big West Conference play is not good. Rodney Michael (5g, 8a) and freshman Finn Ballard McBride (9g, 2a) are the catalysts on the offensive side of the ball for the Gauchos with Ben Roach anchoring the defense in goal. 

This very competitive and interesting conference final could go either way.  

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The Big West should receive two invites. The winner will receive the automatic berth that goes with being the conference champion.  UCSB has an RPI of sixteen. UC Davis has an RPI of twenty-two.  The conference tournament loser looks to be in good shape for an at-large berth. Cal State Fullerton who began the season with an 8-0-1 record and was ranked is a long shot for an at-large berth. 


Colonial Athletic Association

Six teams qualified for the conference tournament with number one seed UNCW and number two seed James Madison earning a bye.  The teams have advanced as projected and the field has been narrowed down to UNCW (12-4-2/7-0-1) and James Madison (10-6-3/5-2-1) who will meet on Saturday, November 16 with the conference championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tourney on the line.   

James Madison advanced to the finals by topping Hofstra in a contest that was determined by penalty kicks after it was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime.  Manuel Ferriol converted a penalty kick in the ninth minute of regulation for James Madison.and Hendrik Hebbeker scored for Hofstra in the twentieth minute of the match. UNCW advanced by defeating William and Mary 2-1 behind a penalty kick from defender Danny Reynolds and a goal from forward Phillip Goodrum.

UNCW struggled somewhat at the beginning of the season finishing the month of September with a 4-3-1 mark but they have since jelled as a team and are undefeated in their last nine contests including a 1-0 win in overtime against James Madison on the road. Their attack is powered by Goodrum (11g, 4a) who has scored six goals in UNCW's last four contests. Freshman Gabriel Perrotta has been very productive in goal for the Seahawks with a 0.72 goals against average and eight shutouts.  

Manuel Ferriol (16g, 6a) is the go-to guy on the offensive side of the ball for James Madison while redshirt junior netminder TJ Bush anchors a defense that has allowed nineteen goals to date. James Madison is 1-3-2 in their last six contests with losses to Virginia 1-0, UNCW 1-0 and William and Mary 3-2.

Goodrum and Ferriol are both capable of creating havoc for opposing defenses so this one could come down to which one can be contained.  UNCW has momentum and they are playing at home so that gives them a slight edge but this one is too close to call and could come down to which goalkeeper is able to make the big saves.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The tournament winner will punch their ticket via the conference's automatic berth.  No at-large berth will be awarded.    


Conference USA

Six of the teams in the eight member conference qualified for the conference tournament with number one seed Marshall (13-2-3/5-1-1) and number two seed Charlotte (10-2-4/4-0-3) earning byes.  Number three seed FIU (9-2-5/4-2-1) will face number six seed South Carolina (7-8-2/2-5-0) and number four seed Kentucky (11-3-3/4-2-1) will square off with number five seed Florida Atlantic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, November 13 in Norfolk, Virginia.

The winner of the Kentucky and FAU contest will advance to face Marshall and the winner of the FIU and South Carolina match will move foreward to face Charlotte in the semifinals on Friday, November 15. The championship contest will take place on Sunday, November 17.

This is a very balanced tournament field with all of the participants capable of getting hot and winning it. Marshall, Charlotte, FIU and Kentucky are the most likely candidates but the fact that FAU defeated Marshall and South Carolina topped FIU in regular season play is evidence of the parity in CUSA. 

Marshall tied Charlotte 0-0 and beat Kentucky 1-0, FIU 2-1 and South Carolina 2-0 during regular season play.  Charlotte tied Kentucky 2-2 and Marshall 0-0 and beat FAU 3-1 and South Carolina 4-0 during regular season play.  Kentucky tied Charlotte 1-1, beat FAU 3-0 and lost to FIU 2-1 and Marshall 1-0. FIU  thumped FAU 6-1, beat Kentucky 2-1, tied Charlotte 0-0 and lost to Marshall 2-1. Mix all that together and you have an unpredictable tournament that will be won by the team that is able to maximize its strengths.

Marshall is the most balanced of the teams with an attack led by Milo Yosef (11g, 3a) and Jamil Roberts (6g, 9a) that has scored a total of forty goals and a defense anchored by redshirt senior goalkeeper Paulo Pita that has allowed only fifteen. Charlotte anchored in goal by senior goalkeeper Elliot Panicco is rock solid on the defensive side of the ball having allowed a total of only ten goals to date. Kentucky is as talented as any team in the country but has had trouble on occasion putting together a full ninety minutes of play. FIU is very balanced on the offensive side of the ball but they seem to have peaked earlier in the year and will come into this one with a 0-2-2 record in their last four games. 

NCAA Tournament Outlook - Marshall with an RPI of seventeen and  Kentucky with an RPI of eighteen look to be locks for an at-large berth if they do not win the conference tournament and the automatic berth that accompanies it. Charlotte with an RPI of twenty-nine and FIU with an RPI of thirty-three look to be on the bubble with one of the two likely earning an at-large berth if they don't win the conference tournament depending on how they perform in the tournament and the number of upsets in conference tournaments.  


Horizon League

Six teams in the nine member conference qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed UIC (12-5-0/6-2-0) and number two seed Oakland (7-8-3/4-2-2) earned byes. 

Number six seed Milwaukee (10-6-2) upset number three seed Detroit Mercy 2-0 to advance to face UIC and number five seed Wright State (9-8-2) defeated number four seed Green Bay 1-0 with sophomore forward Ids Hannema contributing the game-winner to advance to face Oakland in the semifinals on Thursday, November 14 at Flames Field in Chicago.  The championship contest will take place on Saturday, November 16.

Milwaukee defeated UIC 3-2 when the two faced each other in the last game of regular season play with Milwaukee netting eight goals during an eight minute span. That contest should serve as a wakeup call for UIC.  The winner will have to put together a full ninety minutes of play.  UIC has a potent attack that has produced a total of forty-six goals but they have also allowed twenty-seven. 

Oakland slipped past Wright State 3-2 when the two teams faced each other on October 5.  Oakland netminder Sullivan Lauderdale had seven saves in the win. Both teams have had up and down seasons so this one should be interesting depending on which team brings their A game and is able to get the best of the run of the play and settle in.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The Tournament winner will receive the automatic berth. No at large berths will be awarded.


Ivy League

The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament. The winner of the regular season earns the Ancient Eight's automatic berth.  

Yale (12-2-2/5-1-0) won the regular season title and has punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.  Yale will close out regular season play with a contest with Princeton (10-3-3/2-1-3) on Saturday, November 16.  Yale won the Ivy League title for the first time since 2005. Mark Winhoffer (6g, 10a) and Miguel Yuste (7g, 3a) have been a key part of a Yale attack that has scored a total of thirty-two goals while sophomore Elian Haddock has been solid in goal for a defense that has allowed a total of only ten goals to date.

NCAA  Tournament Outlook - Yale will be the only team from the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament. Princeton has had a good season but they have an RPI of seventy-eight which precludes an at-large berth.


 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference  

Six teams in the eleven team MAAC qualified for a spot in the conference tournament.  Number one seed Saint Peter's (12-5-0/9-1-0) and number two seed Quinnipiac (9-5-3/7-2-1) led by senior forward Eamon Whelan (9g, 1a) and freshman forward Tomas Svecula (6g, 4a) earned byes.

Marist (10-8-0) topped Manhattan 2-1 to advance to face Saint Peter's and Iona (12-5-1) defeated Rider 2-1 to advance to face Quinnipiac in the semifinals which will be played on Thursday, November 14.

Saint Peter's defeated Marist 3-2 in overtime when they faced each other on October 23. Iona defeated Quinnipiac 2-1 when they played on October 26 so don't count Iona out of it. Saint Peter's one loss in conference play was a 2-1 loss in overtime to Quinnipiac. Saint Peter's led by Dominic Laws (11g, 7a) and Jordan Jowers  (7g, 6a) comes into the tournament with nine straight wins since the loss to Quinnipiac.  The Peacocks are the frontrunner and should prevail but they are vulnerable if they take their foot off the gas on the defensive side of the ball.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The tournament winner will receive the automatic berth. There will be no at-large invites.   


Mid-American Conference  

Six teams qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed Akron (6-9-2/4-0-1) and number two seed Western Michigan (11-5-2/2-1-2) earned byes. 

Number four seed Bowling Green (12-6-1/2-3-0) defeated number number five seed NIU 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night to advance to face number one seed Akron on Friday, November 15 in the semifinals. Junior Achille Robin converted a penalty kick to give the Falcons the edge they needed to survive and advance. Number six seed West Virginia topped number three seed SIUE 1-0 to advance to the semifinal round where they will face Western Michigan. The championship game will be played on Sunday, November 17.

Akron and Western Michigan tied 1-1 when they faced each other on October 20. This has not been a typical year for Akron who lost their first seven games of the year before securing their first win in October. Nonetheless, Akron remains the team to beat in the MAC Tournament.  David Egbo (7g, 4a) looks to be the key to Akron's offensive productivity which had been considerably less this year than in the past. Western Michigan has had a good year but a loss to NIU 3-2 and ties with Akron and SIUE dashed their hopes for a regular season MAC title in a year in which Akron was uncharacteristically vulnerable.    

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The winner of the MAC Tournament will be the only representative of the MAC in the NCAA Tournament.


Missouri Valley Conference

All six teams in the Missouri Valley Conference qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed Missouri State (16-0-0/10-0-0)and number two seed Loyola Chicago (10-4-3/6-1-2) received byes.

Number four seed Drake (7-8-1/4-5-1) faces number five seed Valparaiso (4-12-1/3-7-0) and number three seed Bradley (7-6-4/5-3-2) faces number six seed Evansville (2-14-1/0-10-0) on Wednesday, November 13.  The winner of the Drake and Valpo contest advances to face Missouri State and the winner of the Bradley and Evansville contest advances to face Loyola Chicago in the semifinals on Friday, November 15. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, November 17.

Missouri State is among the most balanced teams in the country with an offense led by forwards Matthew Bentley (13g, 4a) and Josh Dolling (6g, 5a) that is averaging 2.44 goals per game and a defense led by redshirt junior goalkeeper Michael Creek that has allowed a total of only ten goals. The Bears defeated Drake 3-1, Valparaiso 3-2 in overtime, Bradley 2-1 and number two seed Loyola Chicago 2-1 during regular season play.  

Missouri State is clearly the front runner in the tournament but nonetheless their margin for error remains small. It is highly likely that Missouri State and Loyola Chicago will meet in the championship game. 

Loyola Chicago is powered on the offensive side of the ball by Aidan Megally (9g, 3a) and Justin Sukow (8g, 3a) and will have the advantage of playing at home. The Ramblers topped Evansville 2-1 and tied Bradley 0-0 and Drake 3-3 when they faced them in regular season play so they will have to bring their A game in order to have a shot at winning the tournament.  

Forward Gerit Wintermeyer (7g, 1a) is the main weapon in Bradley's attack. If he is on his game, Bradley could make a run to the title game.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - Missouri State has an RPI of eleven and is a lock for an at-large berth if they do not win the conference tournament. Everyone else will have to win the tournament and the automatic berth in order to go dancing.


Northeast Conference

The top four teams in the NEC qualified for the conference tournament. Merrimack won the NEC regular season title with a 9-0-0 mark in conference play. This was Merrimack's first year in NCAA Division I play therefore they are not eligible for post season play.

Number one seed Saint Francis (10-5-0/7-2-0) will face number four seed Fairleigh Dickinson (7-8-2/3-4-2) and number three seed Bryant (8-7-0/5-4-0) will face number two seed LIU (9-7-1/6-2-1) in the semifinals on Friday, November 15.  The championship match will take place on Sunday, November 17.

Saint Francis defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1, Bryant 3-1 and lost to LIU 2-1 during regular season play.  The Red Flash is led on the offensive side of the ball by junior midfielder Lucas Rosa (11g, 2a) and freshman forward Felix Tonne (4g, 4a).  Rosa is an impact player with the ability to shred opposing defenses. LIU defeated Bryant 2-0 and Saint Francis 3-2 in overtime during regular season play.  Look for LIU powered by freshman forward Papa Ndoye (7g, 3a) and senior defender Kyle Parish (5g, 4a) to face Saint Francis in the title match.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The winner of the conerence tournament will be the only team from the NEC in the NCAA Tournament field.  


Pac-12 Conference

The Pac-12 does not have a conference tournament. The winner of the regular season earns the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. 

Washington (14-3-0/7-2-0) is in the driver's seat and will secure the regular season title if they beat Oregon State in their final regular season contest on Friday, November 15. Washington is coming off unexpected losses at home last week in Pac-12 play to California and Stanford. Stanford (13-1-3/6-1-2) is currently in second place and can take over the number one spot if Washington loses or ties Oregon State and Stanford wins their final regular season contest against California on Thursday.  Oregon State (8-5-2/5-2-2) is in the number three spot.  

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The Pac-12 will have two teams in the NCAA Tournament field. Washington and Stanford are both locks for an at-large berth regardless of whether or not they win the regular season title.   However seeding in the NCAA Tournament could be impacted by the outcome of their final games.


Patriot League

The top six teams in the Patriot League in regular season play earned a spot in the conference tournament.  Number one seed Lehigh and number two seed Loyola Maryland (10-7-1/6-1-0) earned byes.

Number six seed Bucknell (6-6-7/2-2-5) topped number three seed Navy to earn the right to face Lehigh and number four seed Lafayette (9-6-4/4-3-2) topped number six seed Colgate to advance to face Loyola Maryland in the semifinals on Tuesday, November 12. The championship contest will take place on Saturday, November 16.

Anything can happen in the Patriot League tournament. Historically seeding is not a reliable predictor of who will win the tournament. Lehigh and Bucknell tied 1-1 when the two teams played each other last Wednesday in regular season play. Bucknell has a balanced attack led by Matt Thorsheim (7g, 5a).  Lehigh (22-4-3/6-0-3) will counter with an attack powered primarily by Josh Luchini (11g, 2a.  Lehigh should prevail if they play to their potential but Brendan Nash will have Bucknell prepared to play so they could pull off the upset and advance to the final.

Loyola Maryland topped Lafayette 4-2 when the two met back on October 5.  Loyola Maryland has momentum and is unbeaten in their last six contests  This one is going to come down to whether or not Lafayette can contain a multi-dimensional Loyola Maryland attack led by Brian Saramago (8g, 9a), Josh Fawole (8g, 2a) and Barry Sharifi (6g, 3a).

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The winner of the conference tournament will be the only team from the Patriot League in the NCAA Tournament.  


Southern Conference

All seven members of the Southern Conference qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed Furman and number two seed UNCG earned byes. 

The tournament is down to number four seed Mercer who upset Furman 3-2 and UNCG who squeaked past number six seed Belmont 3-2 in overtime. Belmont advanced to face UNCG after upsetting number three seed ETSU 2-0.  

Mercer (13-6-0/3-3-0) and UNCG (9-8-1/5-1-0) will square off on Sunday, November 17 in Greensboro.  

UNCG defeated Mercer when the two teams met in Greensboro on October 29 in regular season play.  That contest was only the third time this year that Mercer was shutout. In order to prevail Mercer will need to get into a rhythm on the offensive side of the ball while remaining organized defensively.  Forward Trevor Martineau (13g, 10a) is among those who Mercer head coach Brad Ruzzo will count on provide offensive punch.   

UNCG struggled during the first month of the year but under the guidance of first year head coach Chris Rich they jelled during the later part of the season and will come into the championship game on a four game winning streak.  Forwards Albert Pedra (10g, 2a) and Micah Albert (7g, 3a) are among those who Rich will look to for offensive firepower.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The conference tournament winner will be awarded an automatic berth. No at-large berths will be extended.


Sun Belt Conference

All six members of the Sun Belt Conference qualified for the conference tournament.  Number one seed Central Arkansas (10-6-1/4-1-0) and number two seed Coastal Carolina (8-7-2/3-2-0) were awarded byes.

The tournament will get underway on Wednesday, November 13 with rivals number five seed Georgia State (10-4-3/2-3-0) and number four seed Georgia Southern (7-8-2/2-3-0) facing each other and number six seed Appalachian State (10-6-1/2-3-0) and number three seed Howard (5-11-1/2-3-0) squaring off. The winner of the Georgia State and Georgia Southern contest will face Central Arkansas. The winner of the Howard and App. State match will tangle with Coastal Carolina.

Central Arkansas lost its first regular season conference contest to Appalachian State 1-0 but won its next four contests to secure the regular season title.  Central Arkansas has an explosive offense lead by Niklas Brodacki (11g, 3a). The Bears are the clear frontrunner but this tournament is wide open with any of the participants capable of getting hot and winning it.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - Central Arkansas is on the bubble but looks to have a good shot at an at-large berth if they don't win the tournament and the automatic invite that goes with it. Everyone else must win the tournament to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tourney.  


Summit League

The top four teams in regular season play qualified for the conference tournament which will begin on Thursday, November 14 with number one seed Western Illinois (5-12-1/4-1-0) and number four seed Omaha (3-8-4/2-2-1) facing each other and number two seed Oral Roberts (13-3-0/4-1-0) and number three seed and tournament host Denver (4-11-3/2-2-1) matching up.  The winners will face each other in the championship match on Saturday, November 16.

Western Illinois began the season with an eleven game losing streak and didn't get into the win column until October 12 when they defeated Denver 4-3. Since that point they have gone 5-1-1 including a win over Oral Roberts 2-1 in their final regular season contest.  Despite that loss, Oral Roberts looks to be the team to beat with a triple pronged attack powered by freshman midfielder Reed Berry (11g, 5a), junior forward Dante Brigida (11g, 2a) and redshirt senior Tanguy Guerineau (3g, 12a).

This has not been a typical year for Denver but if they can find a way to get by Oral Roberts then they could win it all.

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The winner of the conference tournament will be the only member of the Summit League in the NCAA Tournament field.     


West Coast Conference

The West Coast Conference does not have a conference tournament. The winner of the regular season earns the conference's automatic berth. 

St. Mary's with a 15-1-0 mark and a 6-0-0 mark in conference play has secured the regular season title. The Gaels will close out regular season play on Saturday when they host Portland.  The only blemish on St. Mary's record to date is a 4-2 loss at home to UC Davis back on September 26.  Loyola Marymount (10-5-2/5-1-0) is in the number two spot. Portland (9-6-1/3-3-0) and Pacific (6-9-1/3-3-0) currently have the same record in league play.  

NCAA Tournament Outlook - Saint Mary's has claimed the automatic berth. Loyola Marymount with an RPI of twenty looks to have a good shot at an at-large berth.  LMU closes out regular season play with a contest on the road with WCC foe San Francisco on Saturday, November 16.    


Western Athletic Conference

The top seven finishers in regular season play qualified for the conference tournament. Number one seed Seattle (13-3-3/10-0-1) received a bye.

First round play gets underway on Wednesday, November 13 with number five seed San Jose State playing number four seed CSU Bakersfield, number six seed Houston Baptist playing number three seed Air Force, and number seven seed Kansas City taking on number two seed Utah Valley (11-6-1/8-3-0). 

The winner of the San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield match will face Seattle in the semifinals on Friday, November 15.. The winners of the other two first round games advance to face each other in the semifinals on November 15. The championship contest is slated for Sunday, November 17.

Seattle and Utah Valley are the frontrunners but the road to the conference title could be treacherous for both of them. Seattle is 11-0-1 in their last twelve contests since losing to UCSB 1-0 back on September 19. Their lone blemish in conference play is a 2-2 tie with UNLV on October 11. Seattle topped Utah Valley 2-1 when they faced each other during regular season play. Declan McGlyn (10g, 7a), James Morris (8g, 2a) and Noe Meza (8g, 1a) give Seattle a multi-dimensional attack that can be difficult to contain.

Blake Frischknecht (12g, 1a) who can score in multiples adds bite to Utah Valley's attack. The Wolverines have had somewhat of a roller coaster season with ups and downs but are currently on an upswing and will come into the tournament on a three game winning streak.  

NCAA Tournament Outlook - The conference winner will likely be the only representative from the WAC in the NCAA Tournament. Seattle is on the outside edge of the bubble due to their RPI and does not look to be a candidate for an at-large berth should they not win the tournament.