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Nov. 10, 2010
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four Atlantic Coast Conference field hockey teams were selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Field Hockey Championship, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Maryland (19-1, 5-0 ACC), the top-ranked team in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, earned the league's automatic berth by winning the 2010 ACC Field Hockey Championship and clinched the No. 1 overall seed. Three conference teams - Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia - will host the first and second rounds on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14.
North Carolina (19-2, 4-1 ACC), claimed the No. 2 overall seed after finishing the regular season ranked No. 2 in the country. The Tar Heels reached the conference championship game before falling to Maryland, 5-2.
Virginia (16-3, 3-2 ACC), the third-ranked team in the country, earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, while Wake Forest (10-9, 1-4 ACC) received an at-large bid. The ACC along with the Big Ten led all conferences with four teams selected. The Big East Conference had two teams receive bids, while the America East Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy Group, Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference, and Patriot League each had one.
Play opens Saturday, Nov. 13, with Maryland hosting Massachusetts in College Park, Md., Virginia welcoming Michigan State in Charlottesville, Va., and North Carolina facing Stanford in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 11:30 a.m. Wake Forest will meet Princeton at 2 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va.
The second round games will be played on Sunday, Nov. 14, with the winners advancing to the semifinals, which will be hosted by Maryland on Friday, Nov. 19. The championship game is scheduled for Noon on Sunday, Nov. 21. The semifinals and championship will be played at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
The Terps, which are making their 23rd appearance in the NCAA tournament, hold a 43-16 record and have won six national titles. The Tar Heels have also won six titles and will play in their 27th tournament, where they have a 41-20 record. The Cavaliers earned their 17th trip and have posted a 10-16 mark, while the Demon Deacons are making their 12th appearance and hold a 28-8 record, including three national championships.
Last season featured an all-ACC championship game for the second-straight year as North Carolina edged Maryland, 3-2, to claim its sixth national title and second in three years. ACC teams have claimed the field hockey national championship in each of the last eight seasons and have appeared in the title game every season since 1999. The finals have been an all-ACC affair a total of nine times, including the last two years and league teams have accounted for 15 national titles since 1983.