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Maryland earns top seed
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Maryland, which finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play, enters the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship as the top overall seed. The tournament, which gets under way Thursday, Nov. 7, will be hosted by Boston College and held in Newton, Mass.
The Terrapins (18-1, 6-0 ACC) have been the top-ranked team in the nation since the beginning of October and earn a first-round bye. Maryland will face the winner of Virginia and Duke on Friday at 1 p.m.
Syracuse (15-2, 4-2), ranked No. 2 in the NFHCA Poll, secured the No. 2 seed for its debut in the ACC Championship. The Orange will face 10th-ranked and seventh-seeded Boston College (12-6, 1-5) at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Eagles won the regular season meeting between the two teams, 6-3, on Sept. 20.
Third-ranked North Carolina (14-4, 3-3) claimed the No. 3 seed and will begin its title defense when it takes on No. 6 Wake Forest (11-7, 1-5), which is ranked 16th in the country, on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Tar Heels were victorious during the regular season, 4-2, in Winston Salem, N.C.
No. 4 Duke (13-5, 3-3), ranked seventh in the nation, will open the tournament against fifth-seeded and fourth-ranked Virginia (15-4, 3-3). The Cavaliers won the only meeting between the two squads this season, 4-3, on Oct. 18.
The 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship will feature seven ranked teams and six of the top ten, winners of 10 of the last 11 national championships, and four of the top 10 winningest coaches in NCAA Division I Field Hockey history.
ACC fans will be able to watch all seven games of the championship. On Thursday, all three matches will be streamed live online on ESPN3, and will also be available on the WatchESPN mobile application. The semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday will be broadcast by the league’s Regional Sports Networks (RSN).
Single-session tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth, and all-session tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.
Make sure to use the official hashtag, #ACCFH, and follow ACC Field Hockey on Twitter, @ACCFieldHockey, for news and updates during the championship.
For additional information on the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/FHchamp.
2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals – Thursday, Nov. 7
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Virginia, 11 a.m.
No. 2 Syracuse vs. No. 7 Boston College, 1 p.m.
No. 6 Wake Forest vs. No. 3 North Carolina, 3 p.m.
Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 8
No. 1 Maryland vs. Virginia/Duke Winner, 1 p.m.
Semifinal #2, 3:30 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, Nov. 10
ACC Championship Game, 1 p.m.