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Framingham State Earns Number One Seed in 2018 MASCAC Men's Soccer Tournament

Framingham State Earns Number One Seed in 2018 MASCAC Men's Soccer Tournament


For the first time since 2011, Framingham State is the number one seed in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament which gets started on Tuesday, October 30 with the quarterfinals.

Starting at 7 pm on Tuesday is the quarterfinal round with third seed Salem State hosting sixth seed Fitchburg State and fourth seed Worcester State entertaining fifth seed Westfield State.

In the semifinals on Friday, November 2, top seed Framingham State plays the winner of Worcester/Westfield at 6 pm while second seed Bridgewater State faces the winner of Salem/Fitchburg at a time to be determined. 

The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday, November 4 at the highest remaining seed to determine the tournament champion who will earn the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament. 

Grabbing the top seed and a first round bye, Framingham State was 5-0-2 to earn the MASCAC regular season title. Bryce Nardizzi finished the regular season first in the conference in goals (15), points (38) and game-winning goals (6) while also tallying the second-most assists (8) and total shots (75).

Bridgewater State gets the other first round bye with the second seed after collecting a 5-2 record in league play. Kessy Alves tallied nine assists, most in the conference, during the regular season plus six goals for 21 points. He also had a game-winning goal and was 1-for-1 on penalty kicks. 

Sitting in the third spot is Salem State. The Vikings had a 4-1-2 mark to finish out the league season. In his first year with the team, Gabriel Merieles netted seven goals and five assists for 19 points while leading the league in shots with 78 and added a game-winner. 

Landing in fourth is Worcester State who ended the MASCAC campaign with a 4-2-1 mark. Bryan Brasil led the Lancers with 19 points on seven goals and five assists with three game-winning goals and was 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. 

Closing out this year's tournament field are Westfield State and Fitchburg State with the fifth and sixth seed. The Owls were 3-1-3 this season in conference competition. In goal, Tyler Diotalevi ended the regular season first in goals against (7), goals against average (0.65) and save percentage (.894) while finishing second in shutouts (4) and four in wins (6). The Falcons tallied two wins in league play. Yannick DePina led the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists while netting one game-winner. 

During the 2017 Tournament Championship, top seed Salem State held on in penalty kicks to defeat sixth seed Westfield State for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.