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Nov. 6, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Three Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey teams were selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The ACC has had at least three teams earn bids for 14 straight years.
Top-ranked North Carolina (20-1, 5-0 ACC) clinched the league's automatic berth by winning the ACC Championship and earned the No. 1 overall seed for the second consecutive year. Virginia (15-5, 4-1) will host the first and second round, while two-time defending national champion Maryland will start the postseason on the road.
North Carolina, which is making its ninth straight appearance, will host 11th-ranked Stanford (16-6) in first round action. The Tar Heels won the only meeting between the two teams this season, 6-2, on Sept. 23. North Carolina and the Cardinal will be joined in Chapel Hill, N.C., by No. 9 Michigan (15-6) and No. 8 Old Dominion (14-5). The Tar Heels have won six national titles, most recently in 2009, and have made 15 trips to the semifinals. They are 47-22 in 28 tournament appearances.
Virginia will host the first and second round in Charlottesville, Va., and will face the 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (14-6) in the first round. The Cavaliers earned their first bid since 2010 and are 12-17 in 17 previous tournament appearances. The Iowa-Virginia winner will face the winner of No. 2 Princeton (17-1) and No. 15 Drexel (15-6).
Maryland will start its title defense against No. 13 Lafayette (17-2), hosted by Connecticut, with the winner taking on either the fourth-ranked Huskies (18-2) or No. 12 Northeastern (14-6). The Terrapins have won eight NCAA championships with a 51-16 record in 24 appearances.
The first round on Saturday, Nov. 10, and the second round on Sunday, Nov. 11, will be held at campus host sites. The semifinals and championship, hosted by Old Dominion at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va., will be contested on Nov. 16 and 18.
ACC teams have won the last 10 national championships and 17 of the last 25 overall. The national championship game has been an all-ACC matchup the last four years and in eight of the last nine. Last season, Maryland defeated North Carolina 3-2 in overtime to take home the title.