No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 10 Louisville
Where: Ludwig Field, College Park.
When: 5 p.m.
Online: Game streamed at UMTerps.com.
Records: Terrapins 19-1-2; Cardinals 14-5-1.
Outlook: As if the game didn’t have enough story lines surrounding it, the ACC announced this week that it will replace Maryland with Louisville when the Terrapins bolt to the Big Ten. Maryland is aiming to avenge a 4-2 home loss to the Cardinals in the round of 16 last year. Louisville is looking to make up for a 3-0 away defeat to Maryland in this year’s opener. Advantage to the Terps, who haven’t lost in College Park since the 2011 tournament setback and are riding the momentum of a five-goal performance against Coastal Carolina last weekend — their largest haul since posting six against California on Sept. 2. Their 2.59 scoring average is the highest in the country. Sasho Cirovski’s squad, however, has stumbled at home late in the tournament each of the previous four years. Sophomore MF Dylan Mares has seven goals and five assists for the Cardinals, who advanced with a 2-1 victory over Northwestern and are 9-1-1 since Oct. 1. Maryland junior F Patrick Mullins (15 goals) and Louisville junior D Andrew Farrell are among 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best player.
No. 3 Georgetown vs. San Diego
Where: North Kehoe Field, Washington.
When: 1 p.m.
Online: Game streamed at GUHoyas.com.
Records: Hoyas 18-3-2; Toreros 14-8-0.
Outlook: San Diego hadn’t reached the quarterfinals in 20 years. Georgetown had not advanced this far in the program’s 60-year history. The Hoyas have had a flair for the dramatic, going beyond regulation in three of the past four matches. They advanced last Sunday in a penalty kick tiebreaker against Syracuse. Hoyas F Brandon Allen, who also plays for MLS’s New York Red Bulls youth academy, forced extra time against the Orange with his 15th goal, the most by a freshman in the country. Junior F Steve Neumann (seven goals, 12 assists) was named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Georgetown is 10-1-1 at home, the only loss coming to fourth-seeded Connecticut. The Toreros lost six of their first eight games before winning eight in a row. In the NCAA tournament, they have won at Cal State Northridge, UCLA and Tulsa. Seamus McFadden has been coaching San Diego since 1979; his son, Conor, is a senior midfielder. The winners of the Maryland and Georgetown matches will meet in a College Cup semifinal Friday in Hoover, Ala.