Throughout the fall, 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., on Dec. 6-8; men at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., Dec. 13-15.


Five Men’s Teams to Watch …

Last year’s runner-up, Georgetown (6-2-0), continued its resurgence with a fourth consecutive victory, 3-2 over Princeton as Tyler Rudy shattered a tie in the 81st minute with his first goal of the season. Red Bulls academy F Brandon Allen, a sophomore, has scored six goals for the 19th-ranked Hoyas. Next: No. 5 Creighton (5-1-0) at home Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Big East opener.

Showing signs of shaking off its wobbly start, No. 17 Maryland (2-2-2) earned points from a second consecutive difficult ACC away match: 3-1 victory against 13th-ranked Clemson (6-1-0). Senior F Patrick Mullins, the 2012 Hermann Trophy winner, converted two penalty kicks and sophomore F Schillo Tshuma added his team-best fifth goal as the Terrapins improved to 2-0-1 in the league. Next: Old Dominion (3-2-0) at home Tuesday night.

Senior F Pete Caringi III scored his ninth goal — tied for the national lead — as No. 21 UMBC (7-0-0) handed Baltimore rival Loyola its first defeat, 3-1, and extended its unbeaten streak in regulation/overtime to 16 since last fall. The Retrievers lead the country in scoring with an average of 3.1 goals per match. Next: George Mason (4-1-1) at home Wednesday night.

Eighth-ranked Virginia Commonwealth (3-2-1) surrendered a goal after 56 seconds in a 1-0 loss to Coastal Carolina, ending a four-game unbeaten streak. Next: at No. 9 Wake Forest (4-2-0) on Tuesday.

Senior D Roshan Patel’s header 18 minutes into extra time lifted William & Mary (3-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over No. 24 Elon. Next: at No. 1 North Carolina (3-0-3) on Tuesday.


Five Women’s Teams to Watch …

Top-ranked Virginia (9-0-0) is off to the best start in nine years after coming from behind to defeat Pittsburgh, 3-1. Sophomore F Makenzy Doniak posted two goals and junior MF Morgan Brian had a goal and an assist for the Cavaliers, who had lopsided advantages in shots (37-3) and corner kicks (13-0). They are averaging 3.7 goals per game. Next: at Duke (4-4-2) on Thursday night.

Senior F Kaitilin Brenn scored in the 85th minute as No. 10 Georgetown (8-0-1) downed Connecticut, 2-1, to secure the best nine-game record in program history. Brenn, junior MF Daphne Corboz and junior F Audra Ayotte have combined for 12 goals and 17 assists. Next: DePaul (6-1-1) at home Thursday afternoon in the Big East opener.

Junior MF Katin Yensen converted an early penalty kick as No. 23 Virginia Tech (8-1-1) defeated Boston College, 1-0, for a third consecutive clean sheet with Canadian senior GK Dayle Colpitts. Next: at North Carolina State (6-4-0) on Thursday.

No. 21 Maryland rebounded from a home loss to Virginia Tech with a 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten Wake Forest, 1-0, on senior F Hayley Brock’s fourth-minute goal. Next: at No. 7 Notre Dame (7-1-0) on Thursday.

Navy (8-2-0) extended its winning streak to six with a 5-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.). Junior F Morgan Dankanich has scored in five of the past six matches for a team-high seven goals. Next: at Lafayette (3-3-1) on Saturday.