The Washington Times - February 26, 2009, 10:15AM

The local Patriot League picture is exceptionally clear this morning.

American clinched another PL regular season title last night with a victory over Navy, locking up the top seed and homecourt throughout the conference tournament.


Navy lost, but still was locked into the No. 3 seed when Lehigh and Colgate both lost. As a result, the Midshipmen get a home game for the second straight year.

As for George Mason over the in CAA, things are complicated. Very complicated.

There can be a three-way tie for first. There can be a three-way tie for second. There can be craziness.

Based on a quick look at this, it would seem impossible for Mason to earn the No. 1 seed. If it just ties Virginia Commonwealth for first (this requires a Mason win, VCU loss and Northeastern loss), then it would fall to second based on the Jan. 24 loss to the Rams in Richmond.

If it is a three-way tie (Mason wins, VCU loses, Northeastern wins), then Mason is 1-2 against those teams, VCU 1-1 and Northeastern 2-1. So Mason would be the No. 3 seed.

Another certainty: If Northeastern does defeat Old Dominion, Mason will not fall beyond the No. 3 seed regardless of what it does on Saturday against Towson.

—- Patrick Stevens