DI championship field announced
First-round action set to begin at campus sites on Nov. 17
INDIANAPOLIS -- The field and bracket for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship was announced Monday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee, which awarded the tournament’s No. 1 seed to North Carolina. The Tar Heels enter the tournament with a record of 17-2-2 and are in search of their second national championship in school history.
|2011 Division I Championship|
Other top teams include second-seeded Creighton, which enters the tournament 18-2, No. 3 Connecticut (17-3-2) and fourth-seeded Boston College (14-6). Those teams lead a field of 48 hoping to advance to the Men’s College Cup, which will be played at Regions Field in Hoover, Ala., Dec. 9 and 11, with UAB serving as a first-time host.
The remaining top-16 seeds in order are Maryland (13-3-3), SMU (13-6-1), South Florida (12-3-3), UC Irvine (16-5-1), St. John’s (New York) (14-6-2), New Mexico (17-0-3), UAB (13-4-3), Louisville (12-6-2), UCLA (15-4-1), James Madison (12-4-2), UC Santa Barbara (14-6-1), and Indiana (12-3-5). The top-16 teams receive a first-round bye.
Twenty-two conferences were awarded automatic bids for the 2011 tournament. The remaining 26 teams were selected as at-large participants.
CSU Bakersfield and Georgia State are two of the at-large selections and are making their first appearance in the Division I Men’s Soccer Championship. Other first-time participants include Florida Gulf Coast, the automatic qualifier from the Atlantic Sun Conference, and Elon, which is the AQ from the Southern Conference. Delaware will make its third tournament appearance, but first since 1970.
Defending national champion Akron is in the field for the 22nd time in school history, and UCLA is in the field for the 29th consecutive year and for the 39th time overall, which ranks second all-time. Indiana is making its 36th appearance overall and 25th consecutive, Virginia is in the field for the 31st consecutive year and for the 33rd time overall, and Connecticut was selected for the 32nd time and for the 14th year in a row. In addition, Maryland made the field for the 11th consecutive year and for the 29th time in school history.
For the second consecutive year, the Big East leads all conferences with seven teams in the tournament. The ACC has six teams in the field, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Conference USA each placed four teams in the field. The Atlantic 10, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Ivy, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Mountain Pacific and Southern conferences all have two teams in the tournament.
All first-round games will be played Thursday, November 17, while all second-round action will take place Sunday, November 20.
|First and Second Round Matchups|
|First round – Elon (9-10-2) at Coastal Carolina (17-3)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 1 North Carolina (17-2-2)|
|First round – Liberty (11-6-2) at Old Dominion (12-5-1)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 16 Indiana (12-3-5)|
|First round – Fairfield (12-4-1) at Brown (10-4-3)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 9 St. John’s (New York) (14-6-2)|
|First round – St. Mary’s (California) (8-6-5) at CSU Bakersfield (12-3-5)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 8 UC Irvine (16-5-1)|
|First round – Xavier (12-4-4) at West Virginia (10-7-1)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 5 Maryland (13-3-3)|
|First round – Loyola Chicago (7-11-2) at Bradley (14-5-2)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 12 Louisville (12-6-2)|
|First round – Delaware (12-5-4) at Virginia (12-7-1)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 13 UCLA (15-4-1)|
|First round – Colgate (11-4-6) at Rutgers (9-6-3)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 4 Boston College (14-6)|
|First round – Stony Brook (10-6-3) at Monmouth (14-5-1)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 3 Connecticut (17-3-2)|
|First round – Wake Forest (8-7-4) at South Carolina (9-7-2)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 14 James Madison (12-4-2)|
|First round – Furman (14-3-4) at Charlotte (13-4-2)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 11 UAB (13-4-3)|
|First round – Northwestern (11-4-5) at Akron (13-3-4)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 6 SMU (13-6-1)|
|First round – Florida Gulf Coast (12-5-2) at UCF (11-5-3)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 7 South Florida (12-3-3)|
|First round – Georgia State (13-7-1) at Duke (10-7-3)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 10 New Mexico (17-0-3)|
|First round – Dartmouth (8-5-4) at Providence (10-7-1)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (14-6-1)|
|First round – Western Illinois (13-6-1) at Northern Illinois (14-5)|
|Second round – Winner at No. 2 Creighton (18-2)|