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 …
In Annapolis …
In Catonsville, Md. …
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.