Terps get No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament
The top-ranked Maryland men’s soccer team received the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament Monday. In announcing the 48-team field, the NCAA rewarded the Terps (18-0-2) for winning the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and carrying a program-record 15-game winning streak into the national event. They received a bye and will host Providence (12-6-0) or Delaware (127-1) in a second-round match at 5 p.m. Sunday at Ludwig Field in College Park. The Friars lost in the Big East semifinals, while the Blue Hens won the Colonial Athletic Association trophy. Last month, Delaware led Maryland with about 14 minutes left before losing, 3-2, in extra time. Maryland, seeking its first NCAA title since 2008, is making its 16th consecutive tournament appearance and 22nd in 23 years under coach Sasho Cirovski. With each victory, the Terps would remain home through the quarterfinals. The College Cup semifinals and final are set for Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium from Dec. 9-11. After Maryland, the seeded teams are, in order, Wake Forest, Clemson, Louisville, defending champion Stanford, Denver, Indiana, Syracuse, North Carolina, Charlotte, Washington, Virginia, Notre Dame, Albany, Butler and Kentucky. Also receiving bids from the Big Ten are Indiana (11-1-7), which earned the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye and will host the winner of Thursday’s AkronVillanova match Sunday, and Michigan State (135-1), which will play Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Thursday with the winner advancing to face Butler on Sunday.