Each week, 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

With the postseasons underway, we begin this week’s roundup with tributes to the local conference champions.

Maryland defeated Virginia, 1-0, on a late own goal in the ACC final at Maryland SoccerPlex: Click here to read my story and watch the video below …

In Dayton …


George Mason won the Atlantic10 title in its first year in the conference, defeating Saint Louis, 1-0, on Alex Herrera’s 82nd-minute penalty kick. (Photo courtesy of the Atlantic 10)

In Annapolis …


Navy earned its first NCAA tournament berth in 25 years by defeating Holy Cross, 2-0, in the Patriot League final. The Midshipmen have won 14 straight, the longest streak in the country. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy)

In Catonsville, Md. …


Pete Caringi III poses with his father, UMBC Coach Pete Caringi, after the once-beaten Retrievers routed Hartford, 4-0, for the America East trophy. (Photo courtesy of Caringi family)

So here’s where things stand leading to the 48-team NCAA tournament announcement Monday at noon ET (live stream on www.ncaa.com):

Maryland, George Mason, Navy and UMBC are automatic qualifiers.

Virginia and Georgetown will receive at-large berths.

With a high place in the RPI, which weighs strength of schedule, William & Mary is in good position to join the party. Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion are crossing their fingers.

The 16 seeded teams will receive first-round byes. All others will play this Thursday. The second round is Sunday, with the seeds hosting matches.

In the women’s tournament …

Virginia (21-1-0) advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) and will host Georgetown (16-2-2) Friday night as part of a four-team pod at Klockner Stadium. The winner will play Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville against Penn State or Wake Forest, who face one another in Friday’s first match at 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech (17-4-2) moved forward with a 2-0 victory over UMBC and will host West Virginia (16-3-3) Friday evening as part of a grouping in Blacksburg. With another win, the Hokies would host Santa Clara or Boston University on Sunday afternoon.

The complete women’s bracket is available here.