Each Monday, 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.
Top 5 men’s teams …
1. Maryland (10-3-5) will enter the ACC tournament with the top seed and a four-game winning streak following a 2-1 overtime victory at Virginia Tech. Patrick Mullins, the ACC’s goals and points leader, scored his 14th of the year 74 seconds into sudden-death extra time after the Hokies had equalized in the 88th minute. The Terrapins will enjoy the comforts of home in attempting to win the conference title: They’ll host eighth-seeded Boston College (7-8-2) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, and with a victory, secure passage to Maryland SoccerPlex, venue for Friday night’s semifinals and Sunday afternoon’s final. The complete ACC bracket is available here.
2. As the Big East tournament’s top seed, Georgetown (13-4-1) will skip the first round and prepare for Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal against fifth-seeded Creighton or fourth-seeded Providence at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. In the regular season finale, Brandon Allen scored his 11th goal early in a 1-0 victory over Villanova. The Hoyas have recorded 12 shutouts and conceded just nine goals.
3. Following a 1-0 overtime victory against Boston College, Virginia (9-4-4) will head into the ACC tournament as the No. 6 seed and visit third-seeded Wake Forest (9-4-5) on Tuesday night. In the BC match, Brian James scored in the 98th minute for the Cavaliers, who are 8-1-4 in the past 13 matches.
4. Riding a seven-game unbeaten streak, top-seeded UMBC (14-1-2) will host fifth-seeded Albany (6-10-4) in an America East semifinal Wednesday night in Catonsville, Md. In the regular season finale, Michael DiCesare scored his first career goal in the 88th minute to edge Stony Brook, 1-0.
5. Navy (13-3-2) extended its program-record winning streak to 12 with a 1-0 overtime victory over archrival Army before 7,416 spectators at PPL Park. The Midshipmen are the top seed in the Patriot League tournament and will host the semifinals and final Friday and Sunday in Annapolis. Video of the goal against Army:
George Mason (10-2-4) finished unbeaten in its inaugural Atlantic 10 season and will carry a nine-game unbeaten streak and the No. 2 seed into the conference tournament this week in Dayton, Ohio.
William & Mary (10-4-2) is the No. 3 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
Virginia Commonwealth (10-6-2) is the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Old Dominion (10-4-1) is the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA tournament.
Top 5 women’s teams …
1. Despite losing in the ACC semifinals, Virginia (20-1-0) will receive one of the top seeds when the 64-team NCAA tournament brackets are unveiled at 4:30 p.m. ET today (live stream at www.ncaa.com).
2. Virginia Tech (16-4-2) stunned Virginia before falling to Florida State in the ACC final, 1-0. A high seed in the NCAA tournament awaits.
3. Despite an upset loss to DePaul in the Big East semifinals, Georgetown (15-2-2) is headed to the national tournament.
4. Upset at home by Northeastern in the CAA final, James Madison (15-5-1) will hope for an NCAA at-large berth.
5. A CAA semifinal loss to Northeastern on penalty kicks leaves William & Mary (8-2-7) hoping for an NCAA invitation.
UMBC (13-5-2) completed one of the greatest turnarounds in recent NCAA history, winning the America East tournament for the first time. The Retrievers were 15-96-13 the previous seven seasons and won one of 34 matches in 2011-12. Sophomore F Alexa Quaranta, cousin of former D.C. United and U.S. national team player Santino Quaranta, is UMBC’s leading scorer with eight goals.
Top-seeded Navy (16-5-0) lost at home to Boston University in the Patriot League final and is unlikely to receive an NCAA berth.