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America East Playoffs bracket: Vermont claims the top seed for third straight year

Are the Catamounts bound to return to the Big Dance?

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Once again, John Becker and Co. are the class of the America East, claiming the top seed in the America East Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Catamounts (14-2) will be looking for their third straight title game appearance and second NCAA Tournament bid during that stretch.

Stony Brook (12-4) claimed the No. 2 seed in a breakout out year for Jeff Boals and the Seawolves, whose 24 total wins is tied for the most in the conference. Last year’s March darling UMBC slides into the No. 3 seed, and it should be noted that the Retrievers handed Vermont their only losses of conference play with a season sweep.

Hartford rounds out the top four, making it a second straight year above .500 after a three-year stretch of subpar play. New Hampshire finished in ninth place and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Playoffs Bracket

America East

How to Watch

Quarterfinals (Sat., March 9)

ESPN+ ($) will stream all four games.

Game 1: No. 7 Binghamton at No. 2 Stony Brook, 7 p.m.

Game 2: No. 6 Albany at No. 3 UMBC, 1 p.m.

Game 3: No. 8 Maine at No. 1 Vermont Catamounts, 7 p.m.

Game 4: No. 5 UMass Lowell at No. 4 Hartford, 5 p.m.

Semifinals (Tue., March 12)

ESPN+ ($) will stream both games.

Teams are reseeded.

Game 5: No. 4 at No. 1

Game 6: No. 3 at No. 2

Championship (Sat., March 16)

Teams are reseeded.

Game 7: No. 2 at No. 1, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)