Thursday, May 5, 2011

MAAC Enters Final Weekend Of Regular Season

As we enter the final weekend before the tournament, there is still some uncertainty over who will qualify and what the seedings will be. St. Peter's, Canisius, Rider and Niagara will be playing their final games of the 2011 season this weekend. Marist has clinched a spot in the top four, and I believe Fairfield has also.

Here is where the weekend may become interesting. Manhattan has the good fortune to be playing St. Peter's Saturday, so might as well give them 10 wins right now. Saturday's big match up will be Iona at Siena. One win for the Gaels in Loudonville will clinch a tournament berth for them and eliminate Siena. If the Saints sweep Iona, they would then need help to qualify. Siena will play at St. Peter's Sunday. They would have to win those two games, but I doubt they would have any trouble doing so. Assuming they did, they would qualify if Iona loses once in their Sunday doubleheader vs. Manhattan (to be played in New Rochelle). In that scenario, Iona would be out if they lost. But as I said, one win for Iona at Siena would qualify both the Gaels and the Lady Jaspers, unless the apocalypse happens and the LJs lose to St. Peter's, in which case I would have to rewrite this.

As far as seeding is concerned, Fairfield will be visiting Marist on Sunday, after hosting Niagara on Saturday. The Red Foxes have only the Sunday games remaining on their schedule.

All of this is leading up to what should be an exciting MAAC Championship, which begins a week from today.

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