ACC champion Virginia and Maryland received first-round byes in the NCAA men's soccer tournament yesterday, while American and George Washington will open play this weekend after winning their respective conference tournaments.
Patriot League champion AU (14-5-2) will host Northeast Conference winner Long Island (9-6-4) Saturday afternoon at Reeves Field, with the winner set to play at fourth-seeded Virginia (17-4) Nov. 23.
The Eagles have won five straight, including a 1-0 overtime victory over Lehigh in the Patriot final Sunday, and are 10-1-1 in their last 12 matches.
GW, which won the Atlantic 10 title Sunday, will play at North Carolina (10-8-2) Friday. The survivor will travel to 16th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (11-5-2) next week.
The Colonials (9-8-4) are 8-0-1 since a 1-8-3 start.
ACC runner-up Maryland (15-5-1) is the third seed and will await the Seton Hall-Hofstra winner next week.
The Terrapins, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped by Virginia on Sunday, are seeking their fourth appearance in the final four in the last seven years under Coach Sasho Cirovski.
Virginia, which has not advanced to the final four in seven years, is making its 24th straight tournament appearance.
Five ACC teams made the 48-team field, including top-seeded Wake Forest (13-5-1). The Big 10 has six teams and the Big East has five.
The other area team in the tournament is 12th-seeded Old Dominion. Defending champion Indiana is the No. 2 seed.
The final four will be held Dec. 10-12 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
-- Steven Goff