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La Salle Secures Top Seed for Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship

Release: 10/28/2012
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Oct. 28, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- La Salle has claimed the top seed in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship, which will be played at Rhode Island’s URI Soccer Complex Thurs., Nov. 1-Sun., Nov. 4. It is the second straight year the Explorers claimed the top spot in the championship.

La Salle, ranked No. 1 regionally and receiving votes nationally, finished the regular season at 8-0-1 in conference play with 25 points and 14-4-1 overall. It will face eighth-seeded Charlotte at 11:00 am on Thursday. The 49ers finished in a three-way tie for seventh with Massachusetts and Richmond at 13 points and won the tiebreaker for the eighth seed with a 4-4-1 A-10 record and 10-7-2 overall.

Dayton, the defending champion, earned the second seed with 22 points and a 7-1-1 conference ledger. The Flyers, who finished 13-4-1 overall will play seventh-seeded Massachusetts, which won the three-team tiebreaker to secure seventh. The Minutewomen closed out the regular season at 9-9-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play with 13 points and will face regionally ranked Dayton at 5:00 pm on Thursday.

Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU is the third seed and will face sixth-seeded Saint Joseph’s at 7:30 pm Thursday. The Rams finished with 19 points, a 6-2-1 A-10 mark and an 11-4-4 overall record. Saint Joseph’s is 4-2-3 with 15 points and a 9-6-4 overall record. The Hawks tied for fifth place with St. Bonaventure, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Bonnies are seeded fifth with 15 points and a 5-4-0 record in league play and 8-10-1 overall. They will play fourth-seeded Butler at 1:30 pm Thursday. The Bulldogs, at 5-1-1 with 18 points in the A-10 and 11-4-4 overall, are the conference’s other new team.

The La Salle-Charlotte winner will face the Bona-Butler winner in the first Friday semifinal at 5:00 pm. The second semifinal, which kicks off at 7:30 pm Friday, will feature the Dayton-UMass winner against the VCU-SJU winner. The finals will be played Sunday at 1:00 pm. The championship format, which changed last spring to allow for eight teams, is single elimination. The winner earns the Atlantic 10 automatic bid and will advance to the NCAA Championship.

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