Both the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s soccer programs will see an extension to their season, as both earned ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Championship Tournament berths, it was announced today. The CSI Women earned the No. 6 seed in the six-team tournament, and will travel to Newburgh, New York, to take on No. 3 Mount Saint Mary College. The CSI Men was one of two CUNYAC squads to make the tournament, earning the No. 8 seed, and will travel to Newark, New Jersey, to take on top-seeded Rutgers-Newark, Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.
The CSI women were the top-seeds in the CUNYAC Tournament, but were up-ended by No. 2 CCNY, 1-0, sending them into the ECAC foray. The Dolphins finished 12-7 on the season. Their opponents, the Blue Knights of Mt. St. Mary earned their way in via an impeccable 16-3-1 record. Like the Dolphins, they posted an unblemished conference record going into the postseason, but were thwarted in their quest for an NCAA berth, falling to Farmingdale State College. The Knights and Dolphins shared four common opponents this season, with MSM amassing a 5-0 record against those teams, while CSI finished 1-3 (SUNY-Old Westbury, St. Joseph’s College – LI, SUNY-Purchase, New York University).
The top-seed in the ECAC women’s bracket is Richard Stockton College (16-3-3), they will receive a first-round bye, as will No. 2 Kean University (11-5-4). Should CSI win on Wednesday, they would face Kean. The other Wednesday quarterfinal game will be between No. 4 William Paterson University (9-8-2) and No. 5 Drew University (9-7-3). The Semifinals will be held on Saturday and the Final on Sunday, with venue and times to be announced after Wednesday evening’s game.
The game time between CSI and Mt. St. Mary College on Wednesday evening is yet to be determined, but will be posted as it becomes available on www.csidolphins.com.
The CSI men have been idle for the last 9 days, having last played in the CUNYAC Semifinals, a 3-0 loss to Baruch College, on October 27. The Dolphins finished 11-10 on the year, their third-highest win total in team history. They will be playing top-seeded Rutgers-Newark, which sported a 14-8 record this season. They too fell in their conference championship, 3-1, to Rutgers-Camden, the eventual NJAC Champs. The teams did not face one-another during the season, but faced six common opponents this season; the Scarlet Raiders were 5-1 against the common competition, while CSI sported a 3-3 record (York, Hunter, Medgar Evers, Montclair State, FDU, and Old Westbury).
In the other quarterfinals on Wednesday, No. 2 Richard Stockton College (10-7-2) will face No. 7 Mount Saint Mary College (11-8-1); No. 3 New Jersey City University (11-9) will face No. 6 Brooklyn College (13-5-2); and No. 4 New York University (10-7-1) will go against No. 5 Ramapo College (8-8-1). Semis and Final will be played Saturday and Sunday, with venues and times to be announced.