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League boasts four national seeds
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Highlighted by four national seeds, the Atlantic Coast Conference placed six teams in the field of 48 of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.
The six league bids are the most of any conference in the country and mark the 13th consecutive year that the ACC has produced at least five tournament teams.
Notre Dame (12-1-6) claimed the No. 3 seed while ACC Champion Maryland (13-3-5) received the No. 5 seed. Eighth-seeded Virginia (10-5-5) and 14th-seeded Wake Forest (9-5-5) also received first-round byes and the right to host a second round game
Clemson (11-7-2) and North Carolina (8-5-5) also received at-large bids and will play first-round games on Thursday.
Notre Dame claimed a share of the ACC regular season title and will begin play as the No. 3 seed against the winner of Wisconsin and Milwaukee. The Irish, making their 16th appearance in the tournament, have earned a national seed eight times.
Maryland, winner of the past two ACC Championships, earned the No. 5 seed and will host the winner of the Penn-Providence match on Sunday at 5 p.m. The three-time national champion Terrapins hold a 47-26-5 record in tournament play and have advanced to 13 College Cups.
Eighth-seeded Virginia will host the winner of Delaware and St. John’s at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Klöckner Stadium. The Cavaliers earned a tournament bid for the 33rd consecutive year, the longest current streak of any program in the nation, and have won a league-best six national championships.
Wake Forest, which boasts four trips to the College Cup in the past decade and the 2007 National Championship, claimed the No. 14 seed and a first-round bye. The Demon Deacons will host the winner of VCU-Navy on Sunday at 5 p.m., as they earned a bid for the 12th time in the last 13 years and 17th overall.
Clemson is returning to the tournament for the first time since 2006 and will travel to face Elon at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with the winner advancing to take on top-seeded UCLA on Sunday. The Tigers have won two national titles and hold a 47-24-1 record all-time in tournament play, the fifth-most victories by a school in NCAA history.
North Carolina, winner of the 2011 NCAA Championship, will be making its 21st trip to the postseason as it hosts South Florida at 7 p.m. on Thursday. With two national championships and six College Cup appearances, the Tar Heels hold a 29-17-6 mark in the postseason.
ACC men’s soccer programs have won 15 national titles – including five of the past eight – and have combined to make 46 trips to NCAA College Cup.
All first-round games will be played Thursday, November 21, while all second-round action will take place Sunday, November 24. The third round will be held December 1, while the quarterfinals will take place on December 6 or 7.
The 2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup will be played at PPL Park in Philadelphia on Dec. 13 and 15. For more information, including a complete bracket, visit www.NCAA.com.