Monday, February 27, 2012
The MAAC tournament field is all set
By Kieran Darcy
Manhattan had a golden opportunity on Sunday to snatch the No. 2 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, but the Jaspers lost a nailbiter in Riverdale, 62-60 to Loyola (MD).
Now Loyola (21-8, 13-5 MAAC) is the No. 2 seed, and Manhattan (20-11, 12-6 MAAC) drops to the No. 3 seed -- still a wonderful accomplishment for first-year coach Steve Masiello and his players, considering the Jaspers were 6-25 a year ago.
The Gaels will be the No. 1 seed at this year's tournament in Springfield, Mass.
Both Iona and Manhattan will next be in action in the MAAC quarterfinals on Saturday, March 3. Iona will play the winner of No. 8 seed Marist versus No. 9 seed St. Peter's at 4:30 p.m., while Manhattan will face No. 6 seed Siena at 9:30 p.m.