ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Mitchell College wins a tight race for the NECC regular season men's soccer crown. The Mariners finished the regular season at 6-1, and are led by Andrew Storton's five conference goals. Mitchell has earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of the first round match-up between No. 5 Newbury College and No. 4 Southern Vermont College on Friday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m.
The second first-round bye goes to Lesley University, who finished the regular season 5-2. The Lynx edged out Elms College for the No. 2 seed by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Lynx have seen strong play in goal from David Crutchfield, who is second in the conference in goals-against average with 1.73. Lesley will host the winner of the first round match-up between No. 6 Wheelock College and No. 3 Elms on Friday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Finishing third was Elms, who earns the right to host a first-round game. The Blazers, led by forward Babba Jaden's 9 conference goals, will host No. 6 Wheelock College on Tuesday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m.
The other first-round game will be hosted by No. 4 seeded Southern Vermont College on Tuesday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m, when the Mountaineers will host No. 5 Newbury College. The match-up features two of the conference's leading goal scorers in Jared Lacoste of Southern Vermont and Nilton De Andrade of Newbury.
The semifinal winners will face off in the NECC Championship on Sunday, November 5th at the highest remaining seed.
First Round – Tuesday, October 31st
Game 1: #5 Newbury @ #4 Southern Vermont- 1:00 p.m.
Game 2: #6 Becker @ #3 Elms- 4:00 p.m.
Semifinals – Friday, November 3rd
Game 3: Game 1 winner @ #1 Mitchell – 3:00 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 winner @ #2 Lesley – 8:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 5th
Game 5: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner – TBA