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Notre Dame, Florida to take on ranked conference foes
No. 1 Virginia
By the time the top-ranked Cavaliers face Clemson on Sunday, they will have had an entire week off. Sunday's contest against the Tigers is the second game of a three-game homestand for Virginia, which started last Sunday with a 1-0 win against Maryland.
Virginia, which has won all 11 games it has played this season, is led offensively by nine goals and five assists from Makenzy Doniak and seven goals and eight assists from Morgan Brian. Clemson is 7-2-3 on the year and is coming off a 1-1 draw with No. 5 Florida State.
No. 2 Stanford
After starting its conference slate with a win at Colorado last weekend, Stanford will return home for two more Pac-12 games. The Cardinal stand at 8-0-1 and are on a six-game winning streak.
Stanford will host Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday. The Wildcats lost 2-1 to UCLA on Sunday, bringing their record to 5-2-3. The Sun Devils lost to Boise State and beat Southern California last weekend, and stand at 5-3-0.
No. 3 UCLA
The Bruins will return home for the first time since Sept. 13 when they host Washington State on Friday. UCLA has improved its ranking to No. 3 with a five-game winning streak to bring its record to 9-1-0. The Cougars are 7-0-3 and are coming off a draw with UCLA.
UCLA will then stay at home to play against Washington on Sunday. The Huskies are 4-5-1 and will kick off conference play on Friday against USC.
No. 4 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish (9-1-0, 5-0-0 ACC) return to the pitch on Thursday, closing out their four-match homestand against No. 13 Wake Forest at Alumni Stadium. The Demon Deacons (8-2-1, 3-2-1) are currently in fifth place in the ACC with 10 points, following a 1-0 win at Syracuse on Sunday afternoon.
Wake Forest will be making just its second all-time visit to South Bend, and first in more than 15 years (Sept. 27, 1998), when Notre Dame posted a 3-0 win at old Alumni Field. However, the Fighting Irish and Demon Deacons did meet just last season in the second round of the NCAA tournament, with Notre Dame rallying for a 2-1 victory. The Fighting Irish are 3-0 all-time against Wake Forest, having also earned a 3-0 victory in 2003 in Storrs, Conn.
Notre Dame will then wrap up the weekend against Miami (Fla.) on Sunday. The Hurricanes are 6-4-0.
No. 5 Florida State
The Seminoles, coming off a draw with Clemson on Sunday that broke up a six-game win streak, will play just one game this week when they host Boston College on Thursday.
Florida State has still yet to lose in 2013, as it stands at 9-0-3 and 4-0-2 in the ACC. Boston College is 6-5-0 and 3-2-0 in the conference, having broken up a three-game losing streak last weekend with wins against Wake Forest and NC State.
No. 6 North Carolina
The Tar Heels will return from a 10-day break when they host Maryland on Sunday. They have played eight of their first 11 games on the road this season, and have rebounded from two consecutive losses with two shutout wins against Miami and Pittsburgh. North Carolina is 9-0-2 overall and 3-2-0 in the ACC.
Maryland (6-5-0, 2-3-0 ACC) comes in riding a roller-coaster of a conference season, with a win against Wake Forest and losses to Virginia and Notre Dame.
No. 7 Penn State
Penn State will head out on the road for the first time in conference play when it plays at No. 18 Wisconsin on Friday. Last weekend, the Nittany Lions outscored Purdue and Indiana 10-2 in wins that improved their record to 9-1-1 and 3-0-0 in Big 10.
Wisconsin has also not lost in the conference (2-0-1) and is 7-1-2 overall.
Penn State will then play at Minnesota on Sunday. The Golden Gophers (8-3-0, 1-2-0) are coming off against Michigan.
No. 8 Florida
Florida slipped just one spot in this week’s rankings after suffering its second loss Sunday against Missouri. The Gators (8-2-1, 2-1-0 SEC) will continue conference play as they return to Gainesville on Friday to take on No. 19 South Carolina. The Gamecocks (9-1-1, 2-1-0) are coming off wins against Auburn and Arkansas.
Florida will then stay at home for a matchup with Auburn, which is 4-6-1 overall, 0-3-0 in the conference and most recently lost 7-0 to Mississippi.
No. 9 Georgetown
The Hoyas, which have played six of their past seven games at home, will head back out on the road this weekend for two conference tussles. Georgetown (9-0-2, 1-0-1 Big East) stayed undefeated last weekend by drawing with DePaul and cruising by Xavier 7-1.
Georgetown will play at Butler on Thursday. The Bulldogs are 7-3-2 overall this year and 0-2-0 in the conference, coming off losses to Villanova and Seton Hall. The Hoyas will then play Providence (4-4-3, 1-1-0) on Sunday.
No. 10 Portland
Portland, newly in the top 10 after jumping up from No. 14 following last weekend’s wins against Wyoming and Washington, will play its lone game this weekend this against Pacific on Saturday.
The Pilots are 9-1-1 this season, with their only loss coming on Sept. 8 against Wake Forest. Pacific comes in at 1-7-2.