By Peter Briguglio
The Region 15 Tournament season concluded the final week of October, and many local teams have punched their ticket to National tournaments during the month of November. We take a look at some of the highlights of the fall season below.
In women’s soccer action, Nassau was nationally ranked wire-to-wire and cruised to their second consecutive Region 15 title. After blowing out Long Island rival Suffolk 5-0 in the tournament’s opening round, the team posted a similar result when they defeated Fashion Institute of Technology 4-0 in the final. After edging Holyoke in the District tournament on penalty kicks, Nassau will make their second straight NJCAA appearance, hoping to improve on last year’s result.
ASA women’s soccer also punched their ticket to the District Tournament in Division I play after defeating Monroe 3-1.
On the men’s side, Suffolk topped Nassau in a close 3-2 Division III Championship contest, denying the Lions a third straight NJCAA appearance. Suffolk returns to the national event for the first time since they won it all in 2014.
Monroe earned its second consecutive DI men’s soccer title by cruising past ASA 3-0. The nation’s 3rd ranked team has its sights set on a National title as well but first must get through the District tournament in early November.
Queensborough continued the theme of the fall by claiming its second consecutive Regional title in Division women’s volleyball, a week after taking down the CUNY Athletic Conference title. As was the case in 2016, the nationally ranked Tigers knocked off the tournament’s #2 seed Nassau to earn their second NJCAA bid in school history.
Number 20 nationally ranked Monroe earned its seventh straight Regional title in DI women’s volleyball during head coach Nephtali Delgado’s tenure, advancing to the District H tournament after easily defeating Harford 3-0.
Both Division III soccer national tournaments, as well as the DIII volleyball and DI cross country events, will take place the weekend of November 11th. The following week will feature the conclusion of the fall season with the DI men’s and women’s soccer events and the DIII cross country championships.
Those tournaments will overshadow the exciting beginning to the Regional basketball season. Each school in the Region will take to the courts this season with the exception of LaGuardia, who will not field a team this year. All eyes will be on Westchester, who returns to competition for the first time since 2014.