For the first time in the program's history, the Maryland men's soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Soccer America magazine.

The Terrapins (3-1) were ranked fourth last week but after defeating No. 17 Virginia, 1-0, on Sunday, moved up when the weekly poll was released last night. Virginia remained at No. 17.

"It's a great honor, there's no doubt about it," Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I'm not sure we've done enough yet to earn No. 1 yet, but I'm not sure anyone else has, either."

UCLA, which was in the top spot last week, lost to unranked Florida International on Friday.

SITE PLAN: A plan to pick sites for first- and second-round games in the NCAA women's basketball tournament several months in advance still is being refined and won't be in effect for the 2000 tourney.

Those games now are played on the courts of the 16 highest-seeded teams in the tournament, so the locations are not known until the pairings are announced on Selection Sunday.

Under the proposal being discussed by the NCAA women's basketball committee, the 16 sites, which have four teams each, would be put up for bid and chosen well in advance of the tournament. The committee thought the plan could be ready for the 2000 tournament, but that will not happen, said Bernadette McGlade, who chairs the committee.

OBITUARY: Charles Hayward, a basketball player at North Carolina Charlotte, died after a two-year battle with leukemia.

Hayward, 21, whose illness originally was diagnosed before the 1997-98 season, died Sunday at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.