Each Monday, the Insider will provide updates about the top NCAA programs in the Washington region. The season culminates in December with the College Cup semifinals and finals:
Women at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., Dec. 6-8.
Men at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., Dec. 13-15.
Top Five Men’s Teams …
1. Barring a loss in the regular season finale, Maryland will fill one of the top two seeds in the ACC tournament, which begins next week. The nationally eighth-ranked Terrapins (9-3-5 overall) improved to 6-1-3 in the conference with a 2-1 comeback victory over North Carolina State. Senior F Patrick Mullins, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, scored his ACC-best 13th goal for Maryland, which is 8-1-3 in the past 12 outings. The seven seniors, who have compiled a 62-11-12 record, were honored before their last regular season home match. Next: at Virginia Tech (4-7-5) on Friday.
2. Georgetown (12-4-1) entered the weekend ranked fifth nationally, but with a 1-0 loss at St. John’s, dropped from a share of first place in the Big East to third place. The top two will receive a quarterfinal bye in the conference tournament, which will be held next week. The Hoyas have conceded two goals in the past four matches but have scored once in the past 202 minutes. Next: Villanova (8-8-1) at home Friday.
3. Virginia‘s unbeaten streak ended at 11 with a 1-0 home loss to North Carolina, the first setback since Sept. 13. The 15th-ranked Cavaliers (8-4-4), who had scored eight times in the previous four matches, will probably need to win the regular season finale to secure an ACC tournament berth. Next: Boston College (7-7-2) at home Friday.
4. Seventh-ranked UMBC (13-1-2) pushed its unbeaten streak to six with a 2-0 victory at three-win UMass-Lowell. The Retrievers (13-1-2) have posted three consecutive shutouts and have not yielded a goal in 322 minutes. They will lock up the America East’s top seed by winning their finale. Next: Stony Brook (6-9-1) at home Wednesday.
5. Navy extended the nation’s longest current winning streak to 11 with a 2-1 victory over Loyola, a result that clinched first place in the conference for the first time in 22 years. The Midshipmen (12-3-2) will host the Patriot League semifinals and final Nov. 15-17. Senior GK Gavin Snyder (Severna Park High) is 11-0-0. Next: Army (12-2-2) at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on Friday.
George Mason (9-2-3) remained unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 (4-0-2) and stretched the unbeaten streak to seven with a 2-0 victory over George Washington.
William & Mary (8-4-2), ranked No. 21, scored in the 87th minute to earn a 2-2 draw at UNC Wilmington.
Virginia Commonwealth (9-5-2) defeated Fordham, 3-0, for a 6-1-1 mark in the past eight matches.
No. 24 Old Dominion (9-4-1) had a five-game winning streak end with a 3-0 home loss to New Mexico.
Reminder: Maryland SoccerPlex will host the ACC tournament semifinals and final, Nov. 15 and 17. (Ticket info is here.)
Top Five Women’s Teams …
1. Make it 20 in a row for nationally top-ranked Virginia, which fell behind early against Maryland before roaring to a 6-1 victory in the ACC quarterfinals. Junior MF Morgan Brian, an emerging player for the U.S. national team, scored twice in a four-goal first half and increased her season total to 12. The Cavaliers (20-0-0) were facing a deficit for the first time in six weeks after conceded their first goal in 574 minutes. Next: No. 5 Virginia Tech (15-3-2) in ACC semifinals Friday in Cary, N.C. (5:30 p.m., ESPN3.com).
2. Senior forward Jazmine Reeves scored in the 19th minute of extra time as fifth-ranked Virginia Tech (15-3-2) defeated No. 19 Notre Dame, 2-1, for its first ACC tournament victory in four years. The Hokies, one victory from tying the program record for wins, had an 11-on-10 advantage since the 76th minute and defeated the Irish for the second time in three weeks. Next: No. 1 Virginia (20-0-0) in ACC semifinals Friday in Cary, N.C. (5:30 p.m., ESPN3.com).
3. Georgetown (15-1-2) scored twice in the first 10 minutes to defeat Seton Hall, 2-0, and earn a bye into the Big East semifinals. Junior forward Audra Ayotte struck 50 seconds into the match for the 15th-ranked Hoyas, who have won four in a row by a 13-1 margin. Next: opponent to be determined in conference semifinal Friday in Milwaukee.
4. After an 11-day break, top-seeded James Madison (14-4-1) will carry a seven-game unbeaten streak into the CAA tournament at home. The Dukes have been shut out once: Sept. 1 at Tennessee. Next: fourth-seeded Hofstra (10-5-3) in conference semifinals Friday in Harrisonburg, Va.
5. Despite falling to Army 2-0 for its first Patriot League loss, Navy (15-4-0) finished first and will host the conference tournament. The Midshipmen had not conceded a goal in their eight previous Patriot matches. Next: opponent to be determined in league semifinals Friday in Annapolis.
Honorable mention …
William & Mary (8-2-6) is the second seed in the CAA tournament and will face third-seeded Northeastern (5-8-5) in Friday’s semifinals in Harrisonburg, Va.
George Washington (7-5-5) qualified for the Atlantic 10 tournament for the first time in 11 years.