When UMBC tangles with America East rival Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y., this Saturday night at 7, conference leader Stony Brook and Albany will face off at the same time just 140 miles to the northeast.
If the Retrievers (5-6 overall and 3-1 in the league) win and the Seawolves (4-9. 3-1) lose, UMBC will capture the regular-season title and the top seed and homefield advantage in the America East Tournament.
For the record, Retrievers coach Don Zimmerman said he will not be seeking updates on Stony Brook from his assistant coaches during his team’s contest against the Bearcats.
“We never do that,” he said. “We just focus on the mission at hand, the only thing we have control over.”
Zimmerman said the coaches and players are aware of the consequences of Saturday’s games, but their attention will be solely trained on Binghamton.
“Our focus is on Binghamton,” he said. “We have a chance to control our own destiny, and that’s what this is all about.”