October 17, 2017
The fields are set for the inaugural ACAA Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Women's Volleyball. All three championships will be contested on November 4 & 5.
Pine Manor (8-4-1) earned the #1-seed in the Men's Soccer Tournament and will face off with #4-seed Valley Forge (2-11) in one semi-final while #2-seed SUNY Canton (6-7-1) will play#3-seed Finlandia (6-7) in the other semifinal. The semifinal matches of the men's tournament will be held at Phoenixville Area High School in Phoenixville, PA at Noon and 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4 with winners advancing to the Championship Match on the Valley Forge Campus at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 5.
The women's soccer bracket was completed with Alfred State (7-3) getting the #1 seed and being paired with #4-seed Valley Forge (5-6). The other semifinal will feature #2-seed SUNY Canton (8-17) tangling with #3-seed Mills (0-9). The women's times will also have Noon and 2 p.m. ET semifinals on Saturday, November 4 with the Women's Championship being settled at Noon ET on Sunday, November 5. All of the women's matches will be held on University of Valley Forge campus.
The Finlandia Lions (7-20) are the top seed in the ACAA Women's Volleyball Championships and will take on host and #4-seed Alfred State (6-15) on Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. ET. The second semifinal showcases #2-seed SUNY Canton (5-7) and #3-seed Mills (0-16) at 4 p.m. ET. The winners square off for the championship at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, November 5.The Women's Volleyball Championship will be contested at the Orvis Activities Center on the campus of Alfred State University in Alfred, NY.
The ACAA Cross Country Championships will be held October 28 at the campus golf course on the campus of SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY.
"I want to thank our three host institutions for the efforts they putting forth to make our first Championships memorable, and congratulate all the teams that qualified this first year," said Commissioner Kelly Higgins. "I know we're all looking forward to many more!"
As approved by the member institutions, due to our geographic footprint the ACAA utilizes the Bennett Rank system published weekly at HeroSports.com for qualification and seeding into the postseason ACAA Championships in each sport except Cross Country. The host institution also receives an auto qualification, and if the host is not in the top four in the Bennett Rank on the deadline date for the Fall (Monday, October 16th) after HeroSports has updated them for the prior week they will automatically be assigned the #4 seed slot in place of the HeroSports #4-ranked team. The two-week minimum qualifying date was set so teams could make travel arrangements that insure they have a minimum of two weeks advance notice of travel before the Championship. In the case of men's soccer Valley Forge earned the berth as the host institution. Institutions can also opt of the championships prior to the beginning of the season. In women's soccer, Finlandia opted out.
Here is a look at the Bennett Rank information:
NOTE: Valley Forge earned #4 seed as the host institution.
NOTE: Valley Forge earned #4 seed as Finlandia opted not to participate in the ACAA women's soccer championship.