HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac scored two first half goals and never looked back, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson by a final score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to claim the Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Regular-Season trophy and the right to host 2012 NEC Men's Soccer Tournament. Due to inclement weather, the games will be played at the Fitzgerald Sports Complex in West Haven, Conn. It marks the first regular-season title in program history for the Bobcats, who finished their 10-game slate with an 8-1-1 record and 25 total points.
With the top seed, the Bobcats will host the #4 seed Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, November 9, 2012. Fairleigh Dickinson will be the second seed and will face #3 seed Monmouth University in a rematch of last year's title game.
The winner of each game will then square off for the championship on Sunday, November 11, 2012 with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
2012 Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Championship Schedule
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Semifinal: #4 Saint Francis (PA) at #1 Quinnipiac 11:00 AM
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Semifinal: #2 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #3 Monmouth 1:30 PM
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 Championship: TBA 1:00 PM
Follow The 2012 Northeast Conference Men's Soccer Championship
All Tournament games will be streamed on NEC Front Row.
You can also watch on your mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Android phones,
by typing NECFrontRow.com into your browser and clicking on the game link.
All Tournament games will be available via Live Statistics
The top four finishers, based on winning percentage during the Conference's regular season will compete in a two-day, single-elimination tournament. The high seed will host the entire event. If the high seed is unable to host, then the option goes to the #2 seed.
NEC Schools That Sponsor Men's Soccer
Bryant, Central Connecticut State (ineligible for 2012 NEC Tournament), Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis (NY) and Saint Francis (PA).
NCAA Tournament Bid
The winner of the NEC Tournament will advance to the NCAA Tournament, which begins with first round play on November 15, 2012.
Tickets will be available the day of the event at Quinnipiac University. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $3 from senior citizens and children between the ages of 11-18. Children under the age of 11 and NEC students with an institutional I.D. will be admitted free.
Directions To West Haven High School
Fitzgerald Sports Complex
Ken Strong Stadium
FROM ROUTE 34: Take a right at Forest Road (Nissan car dealership on right)—continue going straight to Route 1. At light cross over Route 1 to Campbell Avenue (Hess gas station on your left). Keep going straight down Campbell Avenue until you reach Captain Thomas Boulevard. Take a right and continue on Capt. Thomas until you see Turk's Restaurant. Take a right at Turk's (Dyke Street) and follow this road into the WHHS complex.
FROM I-95 NORTH & SOUTH: Exit 42 (Saw Mill Road). At the end of the exit take a right onto Saw Mill Road. Continue on this road (past the WH Police Dept.; under railroad bridge) which will lead into Kelsey Ave. Go straight on Kelsey Avenue (you will pass Painter Park on your right) until you get to Captain Thomas Boulevard. Take a right onto Capt. Thomas and then another quick right (Dyke Street). Follow this road into the WHHS Complex.
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2260 Whitney Ave.
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