Maryland Looking to Make History ... 

note: all research below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com

TERP TIME? – Maryland today will be attempting to upset North Carolina and earn the following rare distinctions:

• The Terps would become only the 20th different team ever to beat UNC, in 28 NCAA-sanctioned seasons ... it also would be only the 30th all-time loss for UNC in NCAA-sanctioned seasons (661-29-22/.944)
• Maryland would become the 13th team ever to post two "non-losses" (wins/ties) vs. UNC, with a current series record of 0-30-1 vs. the Tar Heels (1-1 tie in 2002, @UNC).
• Would join Santa Clara (2004, rd-of-16) and Notre Dame ('07, rd-of-16) as only teams ever to beat UNC in the NCAAs, prior to the quarterfinals
• Would hand UNC its 8th all-time loss in the NCAAs (102-7-1; .932)
• Would become 4th team ever to beat UNC in the NCAAs on its home surface, Fetzer Field (73-3-1/.955 ... Notre Dame 1-0 in 1995 semifinals; Santa Clara 1-0/OT in 2004 rd-of-16; Florida State 1-1 in 2005 quarterfinals (FSU advanced on PKs); and ND 3-2 in 2007 rd-of-16)
• Would hand UNC its 9th all-time loss at home (284-8-6/.963; in NCAA-sanctioned seqasons, since '82)
• Would become 4th team ever to post two "non-losses" vs. UNC at Fetzer Field (from '82-'09), with the earlier 1-1 game in 2002 ... Notre Dame has beaten UNC three times at Fetzer, Duke has two wins and a tie vs. UNC at Fetzer, and Florida State has posted two ties vs. UNC at Fetzer)


TOUGH TO BEAT – UNC’s all-time record (661-29-22) in 28 NCAA seasons (1982-2009) includes only 12 opponents that have totaled at least two games vs. the Tar Heels that were not losses (wins or ties) ... Notre Dame is one of those teams with two “non-losses” vs. UNC and owns the best win pct. from that group (.294: 4-11-2),followed by Miami's .286 (2-5-0) and Santa Clara’s .211 (4-15-0) ... all other teams (besides ND, Miami and SCU) are only 19-626-20 vs. UNC (.044), with ND and SCU accounting for roughly one-fourth of the all-time wins over UNC (8-of-29) ... Florida State could meet UNC in the 2009 NCAA semifinals and would have the chance to become the third team ever to beat UNC three or more times (albeit in more meetings, current 2-22-2 series record, than ND and SCU) ... here’s the list of teams with at least two wins/ties vs. UNC (series records include only NCAA-sanctioned varsity games):

Pct. – Team (record vs. UNC)
.294 – Notre Dame (4-11-2); coach Chris Petrucelli 2-5-2/Randy Waldrum 2-6-0
.286 – Miami (2-5-0); all games coached by Tricia Taliaferro  
.211 – Santa Clara (4-15-0); all games coached by Jerry Smith
.125 – Connecticut (2-14-0); all games coached by Len Tsantiris
.118 – George Mason (1-14-2)
.115 – Florida State (2-22-2); Heather Kerby-Nelson 0-7-0/Patrick Baker 1-9-0/Mark Krikorian 1-6-2
.111 – Stanford (0-7-2)
.094 – Central Florida (0-13-3)
.071 – William & Mary (1-19-1)
.071 – Duke (2-32-1)
.048 – N.C. State (1-39-2)
.028 – Virginia (0-34-2)

10 other teams have one win vs. UNC: South Carolina (1-1-0), Cortland State (1-1-0), Missouri-St. Louis (1-2-0), Penn State (1-4-0), Virginia Tech (1-6-0), Florida (1-7-0), UMass (1-7-0), Texas A&M (1-12-0), Wake Forest (1-23-0) and Clemson (1-23-0)

Most wins plus ties (non-losses) vs. UNC
6 – Notre Dame  (4-11-2)
4 – Santa Clara  (4-14-0)
4 – Florida State  (2-22-2)
3 – Duke (2-41-1), George Mason (1-14-2), N.C. State (1-40-2) and UCF (0-16-3)
2 – UConn (2-16-0), William & Mary (1-20-1), Stanford (0-7-2) and Virginia (0-41-2)

Teams with multiple wins vs. UNC
4 – Notre Dame and Santa Clara
2 – Connecticut, Duke and Miami


NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS – Only five teams have knocked UNC out of the NCAAs prior to the title game ... of those teams, only one has gone on to win the NCAA title (ND, in 1995):

Team that have defeated/advanced past UNC in the NCAAs (prior to the final game)
1995 – Notre Dame (semifinals) ... beat Portland in final
2002 – Santa Clara (semifinals) ... lost to Portland in final
2004 – Santa Clara (round-of-16) ... lost to Notre Dame in semifinals
2005 – Florida State (quarterfinals/PKs) ... lost to UCLA in semifinals
2007 – Notre Dame (round-of-16) ... lost to Florida State in semifinals

Notes: UNC advanced to the quarterfinals in 25 of its previous 27 NCAA seasons (24 trips to the semifinals; 22 title-game appearances and 19 NCAA titles ... lost 1985 final vs. George Mason, 0-2 ... lost '98 final vs. Florida, 0-1 ... lost '01 final vs. Santa Clara, 0-1).

 editor@collegesoccer360.com