Terps get No. 1 seed in NCAA tour­na­ment

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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.

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