INDIANAPOLIS -- The field and bracket for the 2014 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 the Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are trying to defend their national title from a season ago, and enter the tournament with an 11-4-4 record.
The 48-team field is made up of the champions of 24 conferences, who qualified automatically in addition to 24 teams that were selected at-large. The top 16 teams were all seeded and receive first-round byes. All first-round games will be played Nov. 20, while all second-round action will take place Nov. 23. The third round will be played Nov. 30, while the quarterfinals will be played Dec. 5 or 6. The Men’s College Cup will be held Dec. 12 and 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven teams in the field. In addition to Notre Dame, Clemson (11-6-3), Syracuse (15-3-1), Louisville (10-7-3), Virginia (10-6-2), North Carolina (12-5-1) and Wake Forest (10-7-1) all made the tournament. The Tigers are the seventh seed, while the Orange is ninth, the Cardinals are 13th and the Cavaliers are 16th.
The Big Ten Conference added six teams in the field, including No. 3 seed Michigan State (11-4-5), No. 4 seed Maryland (13-5-3), No. 5 seed Indiana (12-4-5), Penn State (12-5-1), Northwestern (9-3-6) and Ohio State (9-7-4). The Pac-12 was the only other league with at least five teams as UCLA (11-4-4) is the No. 2 seed, Stanford (13-2-3) the No. 6 seed, Washington (12-5-1) the No. 14 seed, California (10-6-1) the No. 15 seed and Oregon State (11-7-1) is unseeded.
Saint Louis (13-4-2), an at-large selection from the Atlantic 10 Conference, is making its record 48th tournament appearance. There are no teams making their first appearance in the tournament field.