RMAC Tournament Bracketology

By Kelsey Helgeson published October 31, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- With a win against New Mexico Highlands (8-5-3, 6-5-1 RMAC) tomorrow night, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's soccer team (9-5-1, 6-5-1 RMAC) will secure the right to host a first round RMAC playoff game for only the second time in school history.

Should the Mountain Lions tie or fall to N.M. Highlands on their home turf, their playoff bid and hosting rights will depend on how Sunday plays out across the conference.

The UCCS Sports Information Office broke down the various tiebreakers and where the Mountain Lions would fall, based on a variety of different scenarios that could play out across the conference this weekend.

The basic information


Entering the last weekend of regular season games, UCCS is in a tie with New Mexico Highlands for fourth place in the RMAC standings. The top six teams in the RMAC at the end of regular season play qualify for the RMAC tournament.

The top two teams will each receive a first round bye. The third and fourth place regular season finishers will earn the right to host their first round playoff games against the visiting fifth and sixth seeds, respectively.

First round RMAC playoff games will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, hosted at the third and fourth seed schools. The third seed will face the sixth seed and the fourth seed will face the fifth seed.

 Both the semi-final and championship rounds will be held at number one overall seed Colorado Mines in Golden, Colo. Mines will face the winner of the fourth seed game and the second seed will face the winner of the third seed game. The semi-final matches will be held Friday, Nov. 8 and the championship game will be on Sunday Nov. 10.

Nationally ranked No. 2 Colorado Mines (15-0-1, 13-0 RMAC) has already clinched the 2013 RMAC regular season title and will be the number one overall seed in the RMAC tournament.

No. 2/3 Seeds

Metro State and Fort Lewis are in a race for the second and third place finish. Metro State is currently in second place, ahead of Fort Lewis by one point. Both teams are at least eight points ahead of UCCS and N.M. Highlands, so no matter what the weekend brings, no other team will contend for those spots.

No. 4/5/6 Seeds

The race for the final three seeds into the tournament is between UCCS, NMHU, Colorado Mesa, and Regis. As of today, UCCS, NMHU and Colorado Mesa would qualify for the tournament. Regis will only be in the running if they win both games and UCCS, NMHU, and/or Colorado Mesa lose all of their games.

Scenario 1: UCCS goes 2-0


Scenario 1a: UCCS goes 2-0, NMHU goes 2-0

UCCS will be the No. 4 seed and NMHU will be the No. 5 seed. Both teams would finish with 25 conference points, UCCS would hold the advantage with 34 overall points compared to NMHU's 33.

Scenario 1b: UCCS goes 2-0, NMHU goes 1-1 or 2-2

UCCS will be the No. 4 seed with an advantage in overall and season record.

Scenario 2: UCCS goes 1-1

Scenario 2a: If UCCS goes 1-1 with a win against NMHU, UCCS will be the No. 4 seed with the advantage in points if NMHU goes 1-1, 0-0-2, or 0-2. If NMHU goes 1-1, UCCS would still be the No. 4 seed with the advantage in head-to-head competition.

Scenario 2b: If UCCS goes 1-1 with a loss to NMHU, and NMHU goes 1-1, 0-0-2, or 0-2, UCCS will still be the No. 4 seed with advantage in points. If UCCS goes 1-1 and NMHU goes 2-0, NMHU will advance as the No. 4 seed.

Scenario 3: UCCS goes 0-0-2

Scenario 3a: If UCCS goes 0-0-2 and NMHU wins at least one game, NMHU will advance as the No. 4 seed.

If UCCS goes 0-0-2 and Colorado Mesa goes 2-0, UCCS will be the No. 5 seed with the advantage in record and points.

Scenario 4: UCCS goes 0-1-1

Scenario 4a: If UCCS goes 0-0-1 and Colorado Mesa goes 2-0, Colorado Mesa will be the No. 5 seed with advantage in record and points.

Scenario 4b: If UCCS goes 0-0-1 and Regis goes 2-0, UCCS will be the No. 6 seed with the advantage in record and points.

Scenario 5: UCCS goes 0-2

If UCCS goes 0-2 and Regis goes 2-0, Regis would gain the No. 6 seed and UCCS would end their season.

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