Regional roundup: Terps stumble, Cavs excel

Maryland (men): Although the Terrapins remain one of the favorites to win the national championship, they have been showing signs of vulnerability for weeks. The imperfections caught up to them Thursday with a 4-2 loss at Wake Forest, their first defeat of the season after 14 victories and two draws and an eighth tight match in the past nine outings.

Nonetheless, Maryland is the top seed in the ACC tournament and, with a victory over No. 8 North Carolina State or No. 9 Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals Tuesday night in College Park, they’ll feel at home in the semifinals and possibly the final at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County later this week.

The N.C. State-Tech first-round match will be played at 1 p.m. today at Maryland.

Virginia (women): The fifth-seeded Cavaliers upset North Carolina and Florida State before blasting Maryland, 4-0, in the ACC tournament final to win their first title in eight years. Virginia (16-4-1) has scored 19 goals during a five-game winning streak and is expected to receive one of the top seeds in the 64-team NCAA tournament, which will be unveiled at 4:30 p.m. ET today on ncaa.com.

Georgetown (men): The Hoyas (16-2-1) edged St. John’s, 2-1, to advance to the Big East semifinals for the first time since 2004. In the semifinals at Red Bull Arena on Friday, they will face Marquette (16-2-1) at 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network). The other match pits Notre Dame (14-3-1) vs. Connecticut (15-2-1) at 7:30. The final is Sunday in Harrison, N.J.

“If you look at the quarterfinal field for this league, all eight teams are NCAA tournament teams, so it’s great preparation for postseason,” Coach Brian Wiese said. “If you can win this league, you can win the whole thing.”

Maryland (women): Despite falling to Virginia in the ACC final, the Terrapins (13-6-2) are going to be among several conference teams headed to the NCAA tournament on at-large bids. Maryland’s victory over Wake Forest in the ACC semis ensured no finalists from the state of North Carolina for the first time in the 25-year history of the conference tournament.

Georgetown (women): The Hoyas (15-3-3) conceded an 87th-minute goal and lost to Marquette in the Big East final, 1-0. They, too, will await an NCAA at-large berth today.

Virginia Commonwealth (men): The Rams (10-2-5) recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw with in-town rival Richmond, 3-3, and extend their unbeaten streak to six heading into the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals as the fourth seed against No. 5 Temple on Thursday in Charlotte.

Navy (women): The Mids’ 20-game unbeaten streak ended with a 1-0 home loss to Colgate in the Patriot League final, the first setback since a season-opening defeat to Maryland. Navy (19-2-1) is left to hope for an NCAA at-large berth.

Old Dominion (men): The Monarchs, ineligible for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament because the school is leaving the league next year, closed the regular season with a 1-0 victory over nationally regarded Northeastern for their third win in four matches. ODU (11-3-2) is expected to receive an NCAA invitation next week.

American (men)Stephen Hauschild‘s goal with 24 seconds remaining secured a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross and the Eagles’ first undefeated conference record in program history. At 10-5-2 overall and 5-0-2 in league play, AU will host the Patriot tournament Friday and Sunday at Reeves Field.

William & Mary (women): The top-seeded Tribe (14-5-1) lost at home to eventual champion Hofstra on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in the CAA semifinals and will await the NCAA tournament announcement.

Others to watch: James Madison (8-6-3) is the No. 3 seed in the CAA men’s tournament and will host UNC Wilmington tonight. … The George Mason men (11-6-1) are No. 5 in the CAA and will visit Hofstra tonight. … The Virginia Tech women (13-5-1) had the week off after failing to qualify for the ACC tournament and will keep an eye on the NCAA tournament pairings today. … Loyola of Baltimore (12-5-1) will carry a seven-game winning streak into an Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s semifinal against Iona on Thursday. … The UMBC men (10-4-4) have scored 18 goals during a five-game winning streak entering an America East semifinal against visiting Stony Brook on Wednesday.

Howard Bison watch: The men (3-14-1) lost to Navy 3-1, while the women (4-15-2) upset Houston Baptist, 2-1, in the Great West Conference semifinals in Orem, Utah, to advance to the final against top-seeded Utah Valley tonight.

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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