Regional college soccer roundup

November 17, 2013

Each week, 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

With the postseasons underway, we begin this week’s roundup with tributes to the local conference champions.

Maryland defeated Virginia, 1-0, on a late own goal in the ACC final at Maryland SoccerPlex: Click here to read my story and watch the video below …

In Dayton …


George Mason won the Atlantic10 title in its first year in the conference, defeating Saint Louis, 1-0, on Alex Herrera’s 82nd-minute penalty kick. (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic 10)

In Annapolis …


Navy earned its first NCAA tournament berth in 25 years by defeating Holy Cross, 2-0, in the Patriot League final. The Midshipmen have won 14 straight, the longest streak in the country. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy)

In Catonsville, Md. …


Pete Caringi III poses with his father, UMBC Coach Pete Caringi, after the once-beaten Retrievers routed Hartford, 4-0, for the America East trophy. (Photo courtesy of Caringi family)

So here’s where things stand leading to the 48-team NCAA tournament announcement Monday at noon ET (live stream on www.ncaa.com):

Maryland, George Mason, Navy and UMBC are automatic qualifiers.

Virginia and Georgetown will receive at-large berths.

With a high place in the RPI, which weighs strength of schedule, William & Mary is in good position to join the party. Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion are crossing their fingers.

The 16 seeded teams will receive first-round byes. All others will play this Thursday. The second round is Sunday, with the seeds hosting matches.

In the women’s tournament …

Virginia (21-1-0) advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and will host Georgetown (16-2-2) Friday night as part of a four-team pod at Klockner Stadium. The winner will play Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville against Penn State or Wake Forest, who face one another in Friday’s first match at 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech (17-4-2) moved forward with a 2-0 victory over UMBC and will host West Virginia (16-3-3) Friday evening as part of a grouping in Blacksburg. With another win, the Hokies would host Santa Clara or Boston University on Sunday afternoon.

The complete women’s bracket is available here.

 

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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