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League claims six of the eight at-large spots and three of four host sites
GREENSBORO, N.C. – All seven ACC field hockey teams are headed to the 2015 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, announced Sunday night by the NCAA Field Hockey Committee. The league claimed six of the eight at-large spots in the tournament and three of four host sites were awarded to ACC programs.
The announcement of seven bids matches the league record, set previously in 2013. It is the third time that the entire league is postseason bound, as all five ACC squads did so in 1999. Over the last three years, ACC teams have combined to earn 20 out of a possible 21 berths in the tournament.
Top-ranked Syracuse earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and will host first and second round action. No. 2 North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia were also selected as host sites for the first and second rounds. Boston College, Duke, Louisville, and Wake Forest will begin postseason play on the road.
Syracuse (17-1), the top overall seed in the tournament and the national runner-up from last year, will face the winner of the Massachusetts and Kent State play-in game. The Orange will be making their eighth straight appearance in the tournament.
ACC champion North Carolina (18-2) is the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of the Boston University and Fairfield play-in game. The Tar Heels will be making their 32nd appearance in the tournament in the last 33 years, and have advanced to the NCAA semifinals in six straight seasons. Wake Forest (13-5) will also open tournament play in Chapel Hill and will face Michigan in the first round.
Virginia (14-5), the No. 3 seed, will host Delaware in first round action as the Cavaliers make their 20th appearance in the field. Duke (12-6) will face Stanford in the first round in Charlottesville as the Blue Devils earned their 14th tournament bid.
Boston College (12-8) and Louisville (13-6) are headed to Storrs, Connecticut. The Eagles will open with Albany in the 10th tournament appearance in program history, while the Cardinals will face UConn (20-0) in the first round.
The seven ACC teams are ranked in the top 11 spots in the NFHCA Poll, and all have been ranked during the entire season. The league combined to go 72-6 against nonconference competition, the best record of any conference, and was 18-2 against the rest of the NCAA Championship field during the regular season.
The first round on Saturday, Nov. 14, and the second round on Sunday, Nov. 15, will be held at campus sites. The semifinals and championship, hosted by the University of Michigan, will be played on Nov. 20 and 22 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
For the full tournament bracket, visit: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/fieldhockey/d1.