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Hartford and Stony Brook will play for the 2011 America East men's soccer title on Sunday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Stony Brook, Hartford Play for League's Men's Soccer Title Sunday

Release: 11/11/2011
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The America East men's soccer title and subsequent NCAA berth will be on the line when second-seeded Stony Brook University and fifth seeded University of Hartford face off in the league's championship game on Saturday at LaValle Stadium at 6 p.m. The Seawolves are seeking their second conference crown in three years and third since 2005 while the Hawks are looking for their first since 1999.

Tickets are $8 at the gate for adults, $5 for children (14 and under) and $2 for America East students with valid ID. Fans may also buy tickets ahead of time here. For those who can't be in attendance, FREE video streaming, produced by Pack Network, will be available at AmericaEast.com and to iphone, ipad and ipod touch users (Mobile Stream). Mike Solano (play-by-play) and Sue Ryan (analyst) will have the call.

Championship Primer
• Two of the top offenses in America East square off when second-seeded Stony Brook and fifth-seeded Hartford meet for the America East men’s soccer title Sunday. Both teams have scored 2
7 goals on the season with Stony Brook ranking first in the league in goals per game (1.50) and the Hawks third (1.35).

• Both teams recovered from slow starts and are playing their best at the right time. Stony Brook (9-6-3), which started 1-3-2, is 8-3-1 over its last 12 games while Hartford (8-8-4) started 1-5-0 and has won five straight.

• The Seawolves are making their third title game appearance after capturing the 2005 and 2009 conference crowns, while the Hawks will be playing in their fifth championship contest and first since 1999. Hartford was league champion in 1991, ‘92 and ‘99. Stony Brook is 4-3-3 all-time in tournament play, but has advanced in seven of its 10 previous appearances. Hartford is 9-7-5 all-time and has advanced following 11 of the 21 games.

• Hartford holds a slight 4-3-5 lead in the all-time series and posted a 3-1 win in this year’s regular-season meeting on Oct. 30. The two teams have met once previously in the championship, playing to a scoreless tie in 2009 before Stony Brook advanced in penalty kicks.

• Hartford is just the third No. 5 seed to reach the championship game in the 10 years the tournament has featured a six-team field. UMBC and Northeastern both reached the final in 2009 and 2003, respectively, but fell short of the title. This is the third straight season the top seed has failed to reach the championship game.

• Hartford is just the third No. 5 seed to reach the championship game in the 10 years the tournament has featured a six-team field. UMBC and Northeastern both reached the final in 2009 and 2003, respectively, but fell short of the title. This is the third straight season the top seed has failed to reach the championship game.

• The game will feature five all-conference selections, including the America East Striker and Midfielder of the Year in Stony Brook's Berian Gobeil Cruz and Leonardo Fernandes, who both also earned first-team all-league honors. The Seawolves' Kyle McTurk was a first-team defender while Hartford's David Bernhardsson earned first-team forward accolades. The Hawks' Patrick Boucher was a second-team midfield selection.


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