Jeff Leach and Colgate earned the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Patriot League Tournament
Nov. 8, 2008
Center Valley, Pa. - With a 2-0 win over Lehigh in the last regular-season game on Saturday, defending Patriot League Men's Soccer champion Colgate earned the right to play for a second straight title on its home field as the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Men's Soccer Championship, which begins on Friday.
The field was set earlier in the day, with Lafayette securing its postseason berth with a scoreless tie at home against Holy Cross, which clinched its spot in the tournament last week. American, which secured its berth on Monday with a win over Army, knocked Bucknell out of the playoff picture with a 3-2 double overtime win in Washington, D.C.
Both the Raiders and the Eagles have 16 points, but Colgate earned the top seed with its 1-0 head-to-head victory over American last Saturday. The Eagles are the No. 2 seed, followed by Holy Cross as the No. 3 seed with 14 points and Lafayette playing as the No. 4 seed with 12 points. No. 1 Colgate will host No. 4 Lafayette in the early semifinal contest on Friday, with No. 2 American taking on No. 3 Holy Cross in the second semifinal match. The winners of the semifinal contests meet in Sunday's Championship game, with all times yet to be determined.
American beat Holy Cross, 1-0, on Oct. 25, while Colgate defeated Lafayette by an identical score in Hamilton on Oct. 11.
Colgate will host the Patriot League Men's Soccer Championship for the third time, previously hosting in 1996 and 1997. The Raiders beat Lehigh, 1-0 for the Patriot League title in 1997.
The Raiders will look for its fourth overall and second consecutive crown under Head Coach Erik Ronning. Colgate won the title in 1992, 1997 and 2007. The Eagles are on the hunt for their third title, having won the Championship in 2001 and 2004 under Head Coach Todd West. Holy Cross hosted the tournament in 2007 and will look for its second Patriot League title under Head Coach Elvis Comrie. The Crusaders last won the championship in 2002. Lafayette has the most Patriot League titles in League history with six, and will look for its seventh championship under Head Coach Dennis Bohn.
Lafayette is making its seventh-straight Patriot League Tournament appearance, tied with Holy Cross (1997-03) and Lehigh (2000-06) for the second longest streak behind Colgate's eight straight appearances from 1992-99. The Raiders are making their fourth consecutive appearance, while Holy Cross is making its second straight postseason appearance. American is in its first Patriot League Tournament since 2005.
The No. 1 seed has not won the Championship since American hoisted the trophy in 2004.
For more information, please visit the 2008 Men's Soccer Championship page.