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Nov. 12, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Highlighted by three Top-16 national seeds, the Atlantic Coast Conference placed five teams in the field of 48 of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.
ACC Champion Maryland (17-1-2) received the No. 2 seed, while defending NCAA Champion North Carolina (15-3-2) is seeded ninth and Wake Forest (11-3-5) was awarded the No. 15 seed. Those three teams received first-round byes as the tournament gets under way Thursday, Nov. 15.
Virginia (9-6-4) and Boston College (8-5-5) also received at-large bids and will play first-round games on Thursday.
The Cavaliers host Lafayette (9-7-4) at 1:30 p.m., while the Eagles will play at Northeastern (13-2-4) at 6 p.m.
North Carolina will await the first round winner of UMBC (11-4-5) and Old Dominion (11-3-2) on Sunday, Nov. 18. Wake Forest gets the victor of Elon (15-4-2) versus Coastal Carolina (18-2-2) on Sunday, while Maryland will host the first round winner of the match between Brown and Drexel. All three matches on Sunday will be played at 5 p.m.
The Virginia-Lafayette winner will travel to No. 13 seed New Mexico (16-3-1) for Sunday’s second-round match, while the Boston College-Northeastern winner travels to fourth-seeded Connecticut (15-3-1).
North Carolina seeks to successfully defend its 2011 NCAA College Cup title, while making its 20th appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Tar Heels look to advance to the College Cup for the fifth straight year.
Maryland will make its 30th NCAA Championship appearance and 12th straight. The Terps own three NCAA College Cup titles, with the most recent coming in 2008. Maryland has played in the national title game on five occasions and has reached the College Cup Final an ACC-high 11 times.
Virginia extends the nation’s longest active NCAA Championship appearance streak to 32 straight, while earning its 34th invitation to the big dance. The 32 straight NCAA Championship appearances is also an ACC record that dates back to 1981. Virginia has won six men’s soccer national titles with its last coming in 2009.
Boston College will make its 11th overall NCAA Championship appearance and sixth consecutive. Wake Forest makes its second straight appearance, 11th in the last 12 years and 16th overall. The Demon Deacons, who claimed the school’s first national championship in 2007, will be attempting to reach their fifth College Cup.
ACC teams have won the NCAA Tournament 15 times and have appeared in the title game on 22 occasions. League teams have won four of the past five College Cups (North Carolina in 2011, Virginia in 2009, Maryland in 2008, and Wake Forest in 2007) and four of the past six crowns (Maryland in 2005).
The 2012 NCAA Men’s College Cup will be held Dec. 7 and 9 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.