Not that it has a choice, but if the University of Virginia could pick Sunday's first-round opponent in the NCAA men's soccer tournament, unheralded Richmond would be at the bottom of the list.

"I'd rather play {fourth-ranked} North Carolina State 10 times in a season," Cavaliers Coach Bruce Arena said. "Richmond has to do what they do to win. That's their objective. . . . They've proven to be a worthy member of the tournament field and, from what I can gather, they have the ability to come at us and beat us."

Having been beaten in their last two meetings with the unranked Spiders, the 10th-ranked Cavaliers (10-5-6) will play one of the few teams in the nation that gives them fits. Game time is 3 p.m. at Scott Stadium.

In another match, 15th-ranked George Mason (13-5-4) will visit No. 6 St. Louis (17-4-2) at 2. Strangely, the Patriots' rank and record changed this week without playing a game. An apparent forfeit victory over Florida International was returned to a tie and Dartmouth's late insertion into the coaches' poll bumped the Patriots back one spot.

In a women's quarterfinal match at 12:30, third-ranked Virginia (18-2) hosts eighth-ranked Connecticut (13-7-1) at University Hall Field. The Cavaliers had a first-round bye and are seeking their first appearance in the final four, Nov. 17-18 at a site to be determined.

Richmond (16-5-1), the Colonial Athletic Association champion, is known to tightly pack its defense when pressured, a tactic that drives highly skilled teams like Virginia bonkers. The result was a 1-0 home victory for the Spiders last year and a scoreless tie in Charlottesville this season.

But unlike past seasons, the Spiders have the ability to counterattack with two talented first-year strikers: Leigh Cowlishaw of England (21 goals, 11 assists) and George Dearnaley of South Africa (14 and 10).