There wasn’t much of anything separating the top-four teams in the NEC men’s soccer standings.
Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut, and Monmouth all tied atop the league leader board with 21 points apiece. Fairleigh Dickinson was one point behind in fourth place.
What couldn’t be settled during the regular season will be settled this weekend in Fairfield, CT where these four teams will clash in the 2011 NEC Championship with an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament field on the line.
After exhausting a number of steps in the NEC’s tie-breaking procedure, it was determined that Sacred Heart would have the opportunity to host the four-team postseason tournament. The top-seeded Pioneers will face No. 4 FDU in the first of two semifinal matches set for 11:00 am on Friday, Nov. 11 at Lessing Field in Fairfield. A resurgent Central Connecticut side owns the No. 2 seed and will face defending NEC champion Monmouth, the No. 3 seed, in the second semifinal contest set to kick off at 1:30 pm.
The two semifinal winners will meet in Sunday’s title tilt set for a 1:00 pm start.
For the fourth year running, the Pack Network will provide live coverage of the entire NEC Men’s Soccer Championship starting with Friday’s semifinal round.
NEC Men’s Soccer Semifinal Round
#1 Sacred Heart vs. #4 Fairleigh Dickinson
Watch Semifinal #1 – Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:00 am
#2 Central Connecticut vs. #3 Monmouth
Watch Semifinal #2 – Friday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 am
NEC Men’s Soccer Final
Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner
Watch Championship Game – Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 pm
One thing to know about each of the teams in the NEC Tournament Field…
• The Pioneers closed out the regular season riding an eight-game unbeaten streak on the way to a share of the program’s first-ever NEC regular season title.
• The Blue Devils are back in the postseason tournament for the first time since winning it all in 2007. CCSU went onto defeat Tulsa and Harvard in the 2007 NCAA Tournament and finished with a No. 25 national ranking.
• MU is 7-2-1 in the NEC Tournament under head coach Robert McCourt, including a five-game unbeaten streak. The Hawks have won their last four games in the tournament to earn two straight NEC Tournament Championships. I
• Fairleigh Dickinson’s 10 wins are the most since the 2008 season when the Knights went 13-7-2 en-route to winning the NEC championship.
Overtime! Tweet of the Day
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Articles of Interest
Hawks in unfamiliar underdog role – Asbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)
Connecticut 6 Classic Tips Off Friday At Mohegan; Moving To UHart In 2012 – Hartford Courant (Mike Anthony)
Hawks head into NEC playoffs as regular-season tri-champions – Atlanticville
MU men’s hoops 2011-12 outlook – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
MU men’s hoops Game Day vs. Villanova plus POLL – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
College Connection – A look at local athletes playing college football – New Britain Herald (Anthony Della Calce)
Paterno Is Finished at Penn State, and President Is Out – New York Times (Mark Viera)
Paterno’s resignation leaves players shocked, sad – Connecticut Post (AP – Nancy Armour)
Does NCAA math add up? – Sports Network (Craig Haley)
New coaches seek success in first seasons – ESPN.com (Mechelle Voepel)
Ex-Tennessee coach Pearl to host hoops radio show – Yahoo! Sports (AP – Rachel Cohen)
Monmouth MSOC clinches share of NEC regular season crown…
Wagner WSOC head coach Mike Minielli recaps 2011 campaign…
– Nov. 10, 2011 –