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.

For complete coverage of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship log on to www.atlantic10.com.