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Nov. 15, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The ACC had five men’s soccer programs selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Field of 48 announced by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee on Monday. Two of the five league teams receiving a bid earned a Top 4 national seed and will not only enjoy a bye to open the postseason tournament, but will also hold a home field advantage through the quarterfinal round.
ACC Tournament Champion Maryland (17-2-1, 6-1-1 ACC) welcomes the winner of Bucknell (10-8-2) and Penn (12-5-0) on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. The Terrapins, who won their fourth-ever ACC Tournament crown, will make their 28th NCAA appearance in school history and 10th consecutive. Maryland, which owns a 42-23-4 record in the NCAA Tournament, has previously claimed three national College Cup titles, the last of which came in 2008. The Terps claimed the No. 2 seed in the Tournament and hope to make their sixth trip to the title game.
North Carolina (16-3-1, 7-0-1 ACC) plays host to either UNC Greensboro (12-5-4) or Georgetown (11-6-1) on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. The Tar Heels, who earned the 2010 ACC regular-season crown, will make their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance. Carolina owns a 24-15-1 record in the postseason NCAA Tournament and looks to make its third-straight College Cup appearance. The Tar Heels, who are seeded No. 4, are seeking the program’s second NCAA Tournament title as their only men’s soccer national title came in 2001.
The ACC earned three at-large bids, including defending national champion Virginia (11-5-3, 2-4-2 ACC), which is making its 32nd NCAA appearance. The Cavaliers will host Old Dominion (9-6-2) in the first round of the postseason tournament on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Virginia, which currently holds an impressive 51-24-5 record in the NCAA Tournament, will be making its 30th-straight appearance, the nation’s longest active streak and an ACC record that dates back to 1981. Virginia has won six men’s soccer national titles. The winner of the Cavs and Monarchs’ game will travel to face 15th-seeded Penn State (13-7-1) in the second round on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.
Duke (9-5-4, 3-3-2 ACC) earned its 24th all-time invitation to the NCAA Tournament and will host Coastal Carolina (12-7-2) on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face No. 7 seed South Carolina (12-6-2) on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils will make their seventh-straight appearance and battle to capture the program’s second NCAA Tournament crown. Duke won the title game in 1986, defeating Akron in Tacoma, Wash. The Blue Devils own a 28-22-1 record in the postseason event and have made it to the final contest on three occasions.
Rounding out the three at-large bids for the ACC is Boston College (10-4-5, 2-2-4 ACC), which makes its ninth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth consecutive as the Eagles received an at-large bid and will travel to face Brown (11-3-3) in first-round action on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The winner advances to face No. 11 seed Connecticut (12-2-5) on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. The Eagles hold a 6-9-0 record in the NCAA Tournament and have hopes to advance to College Cup for the first time in program history.
ACC teams have won the NCAA Tournament 14 times and have appeared in the title game on 21 occasions. League teams have won the last three consecutive College Cups (Virginia in 2009, Maryland in 2008, and Wake Forest in 2007) and four of the past five crowns (Maryland in 2005).
The teams will be vying for the right to advance to the 2010 NCAA Men’s College Cup, December 10 and 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif., at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The University of California, Santa Barbara, hosts the championship for the first time.
For more information on ACC Men’s Soccer, including the 2010 NCAA Men’s Soccer Bracket, please go to theACC.com.