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Oct. 31, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship bracket was announced today, with Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia – the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 teams in the country – claiming the top three seeds for the tournament. The championship will be held on November 4, 5 and 7 at Kentner Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. The title game will be broadcast live by the league’s regional sports network.
Maryland (17-1, 5-0 ACC), which earned the top seed in the championship for the third time in the last four years – and the seventh time overall –will receive a first-round bye. The Terrapins, which were ranked No. 2 in the preseason by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, recently took over the top spot after their defeat of then-No. 1 North Carolina. Maryland finished conference play undefeated for the second-straight season.
North Carolina (18-1, 4-1 ACC) will also receive a first-round bye. In the 28-year history of the championship, the Tar Heels have held one of the top two seeds in all but five years (1998-99, 2001, 05-06).
Virginia (15-2, 3-2 ACC) earned the No. 3 seed for the second-straight year. The Cavaliers reached the championship game last season before falling to Maryland in overtime, 3-2.
Kicking off the three-day tournament will be fourth-seeded Boston College (12-6, 2-3 ACC) and fifth-seeded Wake Forest (9-8, 1-4 ACC) in a 1 p.m. game on Thursday, Nov. 4. The Eagles won the regular season matchup, 3-2. The second game of the day will be a 3:30 p.m. contest between Virginia and Duke (8-10, 0-5 ACC), the No. 6 seed. The Cavaliers defeated the Blue Devils 2-1 during the regular season.
The Boston College/Wake Forest winner will advance to the semifinal round and face Maryland at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, while the Virginia/Duke winner will meet North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. The winner of each semifinal game will receive the day off on Saturday, and meet on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. to determine this season’s ACC champion and the recipient of the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina won the first nine ACC championships and has claimed 16 overall. Maryland trails with eight league championships, and Wake Forest has three. The Terps are seeking their second consecutive conference tournament title. The Tar Heels last won the tournament in 2008.
The ACC champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where league teams have historically had great success. ACC teams have captured 15 of the 27 NCAA titles since 1983, including the last eight in a row (Wake Forest, 2002-04; Maryland, 2005-06, 2008; North Carolina, 2007, 2010). Since the conference expanded to include Boston College in 2005, five of the league’s six teams have earned berths in the NCAA Tournament each season, while four of the then-five league teams were included on the national bracket in 2003 and 2004. Overall, the NCAA championship game has been an All-ACC affair nine times and the league looks to continue the trend for the third consecutive year in 2010.
The ACC’s regional sports network (RSN-TV) includes FSN South, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, and New England Sports Network.
More information on ACC field hockey can be accessed by visiting theACC.com. All 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship information can be found on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-field-hockey-championship.html