NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure has earned its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 postseason berth and will face George Mason on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 A-10 Women's Soccer Championship.
The Bonnies are the #4 seed out of the eight teams that qualified for the Championship, which will be played at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va. The St. Bonaventure-George Mason match is scheduled to start at 7:30 and will be the last of the four quarterfinal games to be played on Thursday. The winner of the St. Bonaventure-George Mason game will advance to face the winner of the #1 Dayton-#8 VCU quarterfinal.
The Championship's other quarterfinal games are #2 La Salle vs. #7 George Washington and #3 Saint Louis vs. #6 Massachusetts. The semifinals are scheduled to be played Nov. 8 with the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 10.
St. Bonaventure completed the regular season with a record of 7-9-1 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic 10. After an 0-3 start – all of those coming on the road – first-year coach Steve Brdarski's team rallied to win four straight, including a 3-2 overtime decision over Saint Joseph's that ultimately gave the Bonnies the three points they needed to reach the A-10 Championship.
The Bonnies have scored 28 goals on the season and feature a pair of the A-10's top scorers in senior Alyssa Lapp (8 goals) and junior Molly Curry (7 goals). Junior Caitlin MacConnell and sophomore Lauren Hill have scored four goals apiece, while junior Brittany Charles is among the A-10 leaders in assists with nine. Senior keeper Megan Junker leads the Bona defense.
George Mason also finished 4-4 in conference games in its first season as an A-10 member. The Patriots dropped a 5-0 decision to La Salle on Sunday. George Mason has scored 17 goals in its 18 games led by Emma Starr with four.
For complete coverage of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship, log on to the Championship Central at www.atlantic10.com. Each game of the Women's Soccer Championship will be streamed for free on the A-10 Digital Network.