MLC tiebreaking scenarios for Saturday's contest against Augustana
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Tiebreaking Scenario for Saturday
If Concordia University Wisconsin defeats Augustana College and the College of Mount St. Joseph defeats MSOE on April 27, Augustana, CUW and Mount St. Joseph will finish in a three-way tie for third place at 7-3. The first tiebreaker would be each team's head-to-head results. Under this scenario, Mount St. Joseph is 1-1 against CUW and Augustana, Augustana would be 1-1 against CUW and Mount St. Joseph, and CUW would be 1-1 against Augustana and Mount St. Joseph. The next tiebreaker would be record against teams above the tie. If still tied, continue down to the next place team not involved in the tie and so on. All three teams lost to Aurora and Carthage, while all three teams will have defeated Benedictine, Fontbonne, Hanover, Elmhurst, MSOE and Defiance.
The next tiebreaker is goal-differential in conference games among the tied teams. An extra point shall be awarded for each goal a team wins by up to a maximum of three goals in games among the tied teams (example: 4-1 is worth three points, 4-2 is worth two, 5-1 is worth three). Currently, Augustana holds a +3 advantage with a 12-9 win over MSJ. CUW is currently at -2 with a 14-12 loss to MSJ. MSJ has solidified a goal-differential of -1 with a 14-12 win over CUW and a 12-9 loss to Augustana.
- If CUW wins by three goals (maximum number allowed) they would have a +1 while Augustana would be 0. CUW would earn the No. 3 seed. Augustana would earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of its win over Mt. St. Joseph during the regular season.
- If CUW wins by two goals they would have a 0 while Augustana would be +1. Augustana would earn the No. 3 seed. Mount St. Joseph would earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of its win over Concordia during the regular season.
- If CUW wins by one goal they would have a -1 while Augustana would be +2. Augustana would earn the No. 3 seed. Mount St. Joseph would earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of its win over Concordia during the regular season.
From the MLC Sports Guide
The following tiebreaker procedure will be used to determine conference tournament hosts, seeding and participation:
A. Head-to-head MLC results among the tied teams (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the conference schedule will be the game that is counted).
B. Record vs. team or teams above the tie. If still tied, go to the next place for determination, et cetera.
C. Goal-differential in conference games among tied teams: An extra point shall be awarded for each goal a team wins by up to a maximum of three goals in games among tied teams (example: 4-1 is worth three points, 4-2 is worth two, 5-1 is worth three).
D. Fewest goals allowed in conference games among tied teams.
E. Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).
Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams. The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken. In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie. For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled. Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.