Seton Hall, the No. 6 seed, ended Georgetown’s 27-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday at Shaw Field in Washington, the Hoyas’ first loss since early in the 2019 campaign.
Because of the pandemic, the NCAA tournament was scaled back to 36 teams from 48, moved to the spring from the fall and scheduled entirely at sites in North Carolina.
Because of the altered season, Georgetown’s top prospects — Jacob Montes, Rio Hope-Gund and Derek Dodson — left the program in recent weeks to pursue pro opportunities.
From the region, Maryland (4-4-2) and Virginia Tech (6-6-3) parlayed strong schedules into at-large berths, and American (4-1-2) and James Madison (5-0-3) earned automatic slots for winning their conference tournaments.
Virginia (7-8-1) will miss the tournament for the first time since 1980, ending the longest streak in the country.
American, making its first appearance since 2004, is among eight teams playing first-round matches. The Eagles will face Jacksonville (7-4-1) on April 29 in Winston-Salem, with the winner taking on Clemson at the same location.
All second-round matches will take place May 2, including Georgetown-High Point in Matthews; Virginia Tech vs. Oregon State (9-4-0) in Greensboro; Maryland vs. Missouri State (11-1-0) in Wilmington; and James Madison vs. Central Florida (8-3-1) in Wilson.
Three teams from the region will play in the first round April 27 or 28: Virginia (10-4-2) vs. Southern Illinois Edwardsville (8-2-2), Navy (4-4-2) vs. New Mexico (10-1-0) and Liberty (7-5-5) vs. Washington (9-3-3).
Florida State (11-0-0), North Carolina (15-1-0), UCLA (12-1-2) and TCU (11-1-1) are the top seeds.
The College Cup semifinals and finals for men and women will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary from May 13 to 17. Typically, the final fours happen a week apart in different locations.