Throughout the fall, the Insider will provide periodic updates about the top NCAA programs in the region. The season will culminate with the College Cup in December (men at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., women at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.).
Five Men’s Teams to Watch …
With a young defensive corps, Maryland braced for a rough start – and that is what has transpired. Ranked No. 2 in the coaches’ preseason poll, the Terrapins (1-2-2) have conceded 12 goals. Last year, with a veteran crew, they allowed three in the first five matches. Maryland did, however, earn a 2-2 away draw Friday against last week’s No. 2 team, North Carolina (2-0-2). Next: at Clemson (5-0-0) on Saturday.
Ranked third in preseason after its first College Cup appearance last year, Georgetown has stumbled a bit but fared better than Maryland: a 4-2-0 record after defeating James Madison, 1-0, in overtime. The Hoyas have yielded one goal in 469 minutes since a 2-0 loss at Cal in the opener. New York Red Bulls academy striker Brandon Allen has posted four goals. Next: at Penn (2-2-0) on Thursday.
Virginia Commonwealth (3-1-1) won the Akron tournament by upsetting the seventh-ranked Zips, 1-0 — despite a 28-3 shot deficit — and defeating Niagara, 1-0. The previous weekend, the Rams overcame a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory at Maryland. Next: Coastal Carolina (3-2-0) at home Saturday.
With a 4-1 victory over Radford, UMBC (5-0-0) increased its scoring haul to 16, eight by senior forward Pete Caringi, the coach’s son. Next: Navy at home Tuesday.
William & Mary (2-2-1) equalized in the 82nd minute and scored the winner in sudden-death overtime to upset No. 1-ranked Creighton, 3-2. Next: at Elon (4-0-1) on Friday. Video:
Honorable mention: George Mason (4-0-1), which will visit Virginia (1-3-0) on Tuesday, and Loyola (4-0-1), which will host Princeton (1-2-0) on Wednesday.
Five Women’s Teams to Watch …
Virginia (7-0-0) has recorded four consecutive shutouts and forged a 28-3 goal difference overall. With No. 1 North Carolina losing to Notre Dame on Sunday, the Cavaliers are expected to top the coaches’ poll. Junior MF Morgan Brian, who scored against Mexico two weeks ago at RFK Stadium in her second U.S. national team appearance, has posted five goals and seven assists. Next: at Boston College (4-3-0) on Thursday.
Georgetown (7-0-0) demolished Yale, 8-0, to remain one of five teams in the country with perfect records. In her second match since returning from injury, sophomore MF Daphne Corboz, a first-team all-American in 2012, scored twice and had three assists in just 38 minutes of action. (Her brother, Mael, is Rutgers’ leading scorer.) Next: Central Florida (6-2-0) at home Thursday.
Maryland (5-2-0) recovered from a pair of losses on the West Coast with a 2-1 overtime victory at Clemson. Next: Virginia Tech (6-1-1) at home Thursday.
Virginia Tech (6-1-1) answered a 2-1 loss to defending NCAA champion North Carolina with a 3-0 victory over Syracuse. Next: at Maryland (5-2-0) on Thursday.
Navy (6-2-0) has won four straight entering Patriot League play. Next: Boston University (5-2-1) at home Friday.