The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer regular season wrapped up today with Maine Maritime Academy (12-3-1 overall, 7-1 NAC) emerging as the top seed. The Mariners entered their final league contest, against the previously unbeaten Thomas squad, with only one loss and eked out a 2-1 win to give both squads 7-1 conference records. With the head-to-head win, Maine Maritime earned the #1 seed and the right to host the final four tournament. Thomas (8-8-1, 7-1) claimed the #2 seed, and both teams will receive a bye in the quarterfinal round.
SUNY Delhi (9-7, 6-2) earned the #3 seed and will host #6 SUNY Canton (6-9-2, 4-4) in a quarterfinal game next weekend. Husson (6-12, 5-3) claimed the final hosting opportunity at #4 and will host #5 UMaine-Farmington (10-7, 4-4) in a first-round tilt. Despite identical 4-4 conference records, UMaine-Farmington edged SUNY Canton for the fifth seed with a head-to-head win earlier in the season.
Quarterfinal games will be either Saturday, November 2 or Sunday, November 3, with specific game details to be determined.
The semifinal and championship games hosted by the Mariners will take place the following weekend. Semifinal games between #1 Maine Maritime and the winner of the #4 Husson/#5 UMaine-Farmington matchup, and #2 Thomas and the #3 SUNY Delhi/#6 SUNY Canton winner are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 9th. The semifinal game winners will compete for the conference championship, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 10th. All dates and times are subject to change and will be updated accordingly HERE.
The NAC Champion will move on to play in the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament.
Quarterfinals - Saturday, Nov. 2 or Sunday, Nov. 3 (at higher seed)
#3 SUNY Delhi (9-7, 6-2) vs. #6 SUNY Canton (6-9-2, 4-4)
#4 Husson (6-12, 5-3) vs. #5 UMaine-Farmington (10-7, 4-4)
Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 9 (at #1 Maine Maritime)
#1 Maine Maritime (12-3-1, 7-1) vs. #4Husson/#5 UMaine-Farmington
#2 Thomas (8-8-1, 7-1) vs. #3 SUNY Delhi/#6 SUNY Canton
Championship - Sunday, Nov. 10 (at Maine Maritime)