NCAA update: Terps, Cavs, Hoyas

October 29, 2012

The women’s regular season is over, the men’s is entering the final week. Here’s our regional top 10, with other notables mentioned at the end: 

Maryland (men): The Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak ended with a 2-2 draw against visiting Clemson, a result made more surprising by Maryland’s inability to manage a two-goal lead in the second half. Nonetheless, the Terps clinched the ACC regular season title.

“What you saw was a team that was very mentally and physically tired,” Coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Physically we were exhausted and we are going to correct that.”

The Terps (14-0-2, 6-0-1) will try to catch their breath in time for the regular season finale Thursday at third-place Wake Forest (10-3-4, 3-1-3) before hosting a conference quarterfinal next Tuesday against North Carolina State or Virginia Tech. This year’s ACC semifinals and final will take place at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County Nov. 9 and 11.

Georgetown (men): With a pair of victories over Seton Hall, the Hoyas (15-2-1, 6-2) claimed the second seed in its wickedly difficult Big East division and will host St. John’s (10-3-4, 4-3-1) in a conference quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Kehoe Field. The winner will advance to the league’s final four Nov. 9-11 at Red Bull Arena. In the finale, the Hoyas failed to convert two penalty kicks before freshman Brandon Allen scored his 11th goal of the year in the 84th minute.

Maryland (women): Danielle Hubka scored five minutes into sudden-death overtime as the second-seeded Terrapins (12-5-2) edged Miami, 2-1, in the ACC quarterfinals. They’ll face No. 3 Wake Forest at 7:30 Friday (ESPN3.com) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

Virginia (women): Caroline Miller‘s 11th-minute goal, her 14th of the season, lifted the fifth-seeded Cavaliers (14-4-1) to a 1-0 ACC quarterfinal victory at No. 4 North Carolina, setting up a Friday semifinal in Cary against top-seeded Florida State (5 p.m., ESPN3.com). The Tar Heels had four shots — the fewest in the program’s highly decorated history.

Georgetown (women): Colleen Dinn scored in the 10th minute, propelling the Hoyas (15-2-2) to a 1-0 victory over DePaul and a berth in the Big East semifinals against South Florida on Friday (6:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network) in Storrs, Conn. Notre Dame will face Marquette in the other semifinal.

Virginia Commonwealth (men): The Rams (10-2-4, 6-1-1) routed nationally ranked Xavier, 4-1, and then defeated Dayton, 3-2, to extend their unbeaten streak to five and earn a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 with 2011 NCAA runner-up Charlotte.

Navy (women): Sporting a 19-game unbeaten streak, the Mids (18-1-1, 6-0-1) will host the Patriot League’s four-team tournament, starting Friday. Navy will play Lehigh and second-seeded Colgate will face No. 3 American.

William & Mary (women): With a 3-0 victory over Old Dominion, the Tribe (14-5-0, 8-2-0) finished atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings and will host the league’s final four Friday and Sunday.

Old Dominion (men): The Monarchs (10-3-2, 4-3-2) are well-regarded nationally but continue to stumble in the CAA, falling at Hofstra, 1-0.

American (men): With a 1-0 victory over Lehigh, the Eagles (9-5-2, 4-0-2) improved to 5-1-1 in their past seven matches and locked up the top seed and hosting rights in the four-team Patriot tournament for the second straight year (Nov. 9 and 11 at Reeves Field).

Others to watch: Virginia Tech’s women’s team (13-5-1, 4-5-1) did not qualify for the ACC tournament and will await the NCAA tournament announcement next Monday. … The James Madison men have won three straight to improve to 8-5-3 overall and 6-1-3 in the CAA (third place). … George Mason’s men (11-5-1, 4-4-1) earned a point at Northeastern (unbeaten in the CAA) and qualified for the six-team conference tournament next week. … The Loyola-Baltimore men (12-5-1 overall, 7-1-0 and first place in the MAAC) defeated Manhattan, 3-0, for their seventh consecutive victory. … UMBC (10-4-4, 4-2-1) is the No. 2 in the America East tournament after winning their fifth straight, 3-0 over Binghamton.

Howard Bison watch: The men (3-13-1) extended their unbeaten streak to three with victories over Adelphi and Division II Goldey-Beacom, while the women (2-14-2) ended a 16-game winless skid with a 10-0 demolition of Division II Lincoln. Retha Koefoed scored four goals … in the first half.

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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