NCAA update: Terps remain No. 1

October 22, 2012

With the regular season winding down, our college roundup narrows to the top 10 teams in the region (men and women combined):

Maryland (men): With a 1-0 overtime victory over second-ranked North Carolina on Friday, the No. 1 Terrapins (13-0-1, 6-0-0 ACC) won their 12th straight, moved within one win of equaling the best start in program history and closed in on the top seed in the conference tournament. They will host Lehigh in a non-league match on Tuesday night before hosting Clemson on Saturday and visiting Wake Forest on Nov. 1. Assuming Maryland finishes first, it would host a Nov. 6 quarterfinal against the winner of a first-round game featuring the No. 8 and 9 seeds (currently N.C. State and Virginia Tech). The ACC semifinals and final will take place Nov. 9-11 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County.

Georgetown (men): The Hoyas (13-2-1, 4-2-0) had the weekend off following a 1-0 mid-week victory at Providence and will prepare for a pair of Big East matches against Seton Hall (6-9, 2-4) to conclude the regular season. Georgetown is third in its high-powered division, three points behind once-beaten Connecticut and Marquette.

Virginia (women)Caroline Miller had three goals and an assist, tying a program record for points in a match, as the visiting Cavaliers (12-4-1, 5-3-1 ACC) smashed Virginia Tech, 5-0. They’ll wrap up the regular season Thursday against Boston College, then prepare for the league quarterfinals Sunday.

Georgetown (women): A 1-0 loss at Villanova marked the first deficit for the Hoyas (14-2-2, 8-1-1 Big East) since a Sept. 9 loss to Stanford and only their second scoreless effort of the season. They will host a league quarterfinal Sunday against an opponent to be determined. 

Old Dominion (men): The Monarchs rebounded from a shock loss to local rival William & Mary by defeating Towson, 2-1, and improve to 9-2-2 (3-2-2 in the CAA). Despite a high national ranking, ODU is fifth in the league.

Maryland (women): In the regular season finale, the Terrapins (11-5-2, 6-3-1 ACC) were scoreless with once-beaten Florida State until conceding an 86th-minute goal for a 1-0 home loss. They will play a conference quarterfinal Sunday.

Virginia Commonwealth (men): The Rams (8-2-4, 4-1-1 Atlantic 10) completed a four-game road swing with a 2-1 victory at La Salle to remain in the hunt for one of the top seeds in the conference tournament.

Navy (women): The Mids’ unbeaten streak reached 18 with a 2-1 victory at Holy Cross, putting them on the brink of clinching the Patriot League regular season title and hosting rights for the four-team conference tournament Nov. 2-4. Navy (17-1-1, 5-0-1) has scored 50 goals.

Virginia Tech (women): With the humbling loss to Virginia, the Hokies (12-5-1, 2-5-1 ACC) are 3-5-1 since a 9-0 start and have dropped to ninth in the conference heading into Wednesday’s finale at Wake Forest.

William & Mary (women): The Tribe (13-5, 7-2 CAA) scored an equalizer in the 87th minute and the match-winner six minutes into extra time to defeat Hofstra, 3-2, and remain atop the tight league standings with one week left.

Howard Bison watch: The men enjoyed a good week, drawing at Virginia Tech and defeating Adelphi to improve to 2-13-1. The women fell to 0-14-2. Combined record is 2-27-3.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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