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Nov. 5, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Highlighted by six Top-4 national seeds, the Atlantic Coast Conference placed nine teams in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship field announced Monday afternoon. The nine teams selected to the big dance matches the NCAA record set by the ACC in 2011.
ACC regular-season champion Florida State (16-3-0) was awarded a No. 1 national seed, while ACC Champion Virginia (16-4-1) and North Carolina (10-5-2) earned No. 2 national seeds. 2011 College Cup Semifinalist Wake Forest (13-5-3) and Finalist Duke (12-5-2) were tabbed as No. 3 seeds, and 2012 ACC Championship runner-up Maryland (13-6-2) earned a No. 4 national seed. It is the fifth straight year six ACC teams have been nationally seeded, and the second straight year the Seminoles have earned a No. 1 seed (third overall).
Boston College (10-7-3), Miami (9-7-3) and Virginia Tech (13-5-1) join those six schools in the field of 64. All nine ACC selections are repeat selections from a season ago.
The nine ACC teams selected to the 2012 NCAA Tournament field leads all conferences. This is the 10th straight year that at least seven ACC teams have made the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship field, and the 14th straight year that at least six have been selected. Play begins for all nine ACC teams this weekend (Nov. 9-11).
North Carolina will be seeking its 21st title overall. The Tar Heels are the only Division I program that has earned a spot in the NCAA Championship each of the last 31 years since its inception in 1982 and owns a 110-8-2 record in the event.
Several other ACC teams will extend notable streaks with year’s NCAA appearances. Virginia is in the field for the 19th straight year and 24th overall. Wake Forest will be competing for the 16th straight year. Florida State has been part of the tournament every year since 2000 (13 straight appearances), and has reached the College Cup five times during that run.
It marks the 10th straight tournament appearance for Duke and the Blue Devils’ 19th overall. Boston College is appearing for the 10th straight year (16th overall), and Maryland is appearing for the fourth straight year and 13th time overall. Virginia Tech made the field for the fifth straight year (sixth overall), while Miami is making back-to-back appearances for the first time since it did so in 2007 and 2008 (fifth overall).