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UCLA's Lauren Cheney was runner-up for the 2007 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy (photo courtesy UCLA).

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Stanford (pictured) and Notre Dame's Friday showdown rates as one of the top matchups in NCAA semifinal history (photo courtesy of Stanford).

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NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament Notebook

#3 (Dec. 2, 2008)

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

NCAA Notebook #2 (Nov. 26, 2008)
NCAA Notebook #1 (Nov. 15, 2008)

One weekend remains in the Division I women's soccer season and fans will be treated to watching four teams that comprise what is – by many measures – the top semifinal grouping ever assembled for the College Cup's final weekend … here's a quick summary of notes, lists and other info. included in this latest edition of CollegeSoccer360.com's NCAA Notebook (scroll down for details on these notes, and others):

A rundown of the recently-announced semifinalists (final-15) for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy include eight members of the NCAA semifinalist teams; those 15 players include 2006 M.A.C./Hermann winner Kerri Hanks (from Notre Dame) – the third player since 1994 to be a M.A.C./Hermann semifinalist all four years – plus UCLA's Lauren Cheney (runner-up for the 2007 award) and Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, the fifth freshman since '94 to be included among the final-15 candidates for the M.A.C./Hermann.

A statistical breakdown revealing that this weekend's four teams own the best combined season winning percentage (.955; 92-2-5), most combined wins (92) and fewest combined losses (2) ever among the four teams competing in a College Cup final weekend (since 1982); it's also only the second time in the past 12 years that each of the top-4 seeds went on to reach the NCAA semifinals.

A historical look at teams that have entered the NCAAs without a loss (such as ND and UCLA this season).

A listing of the top semifinal games and title-game matchups in NCAA Tournament history (based on combined wins and win pct.).

Charts showing the winningest teams of the decade (UNC, ND, UCLA) and the winningest 2008 senior classes (same three teams); also a historical list of the winningest classes in D-I women's soccer history.

A listing of 2008 NCAA Tournament games that have been rematches from the regular season.

A breakdown of the home states/provinces/countries for the 2008 NCAA semifinal team rosters.

A statistical comparison of the four semifinal teams.

A look at various NCAA career coaching lists, with the current UNC, ND and UCLA coaches ranking among the active and all-time leaders (UNC, ND and UCLA also now own the top all-time win percentages in NCAA Tournament play).

Note: Media and SIDs are welcome to use this information in their articles/game notes, or use it to create your own (please consider crediting CollegeSoccer360.com as the source of the data/research … additional info. (including updated team matchup capsules) may be added to CollegeSoccer360.com prior to Friday's games (and over the weekend) … don't forget to check out the Library of Links for quick access to info. on the semifinalist teams ... in general, the focus of this site at this time continues to be content rather than design (but we will enhance the look of the site in the future).


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HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS NAMED – The final-15 candidates for the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy were announced earlier this week, with several noteworthy results (three finalists will be announced on Dec. 12, with the award then to be presented on Jan. 9 in St. Louis at the M.A.C.):

Eight of the players are from NCAA semifinalist teams, led by three from North Carolina (senior midfielder Yael Averbuch/Upper Montclair, N.J., junior M Tobin Heath/Basking Ridge, N.J., and junior forward Casey Nogueira/Raleigh, N.C.), plus two each from Notre Dame (senior F Kerri Hanks/Allen, Texas; senior F/M Brittany Bock/Naperville, Ill.) and UCLA (junior F Lauren Cheney/Indianapolis, senior M Christina DiMartino/Massapequa Park, N.Y.), along with Stanford senior defender Marisa Abegg (Lake Oswego, Ore.) … one of those players could become the eighth different player ever to receive the Hermann Trophy and play for an NCAA championship team in the same season:

Players who have won the Hermann Trophy and NCAA title in same season
1989 – Shannon Higgins (UNC)
1991 – Kristine Lilly (UNC)
1992 and 1993 – Mia Hamm (UNC)
1994 – Tisha Venturini (UNC)
1998 – Cindy Parlow (UNC)
2003 – Cat Reddick (UNC)
2005 – Christine Sinclair (Portland)

Hanks (pictured below, courtersy of Not Dame) could become the first player (male or female) ever to earn the Hermann Trophy in non-consecutive seasons (in 2006, as a sophomore, she became the first sophomore ever to win the Hermann) ... she also could become the foiurth women's soccer player ever to receive the Hermann Trophy twice:

Kerri Hanks – one of three players in the past 15 seasons to be a four-time Hermann Trophy semifinalist – could become the fourth ever to receive multiple Hermann trophie and the eighth to win the Hermann and a national title in the same season.

Multiple Hermann Trophy Recipients
Mia Hamm (1992, 1993; North Carolina)
Cindy Parlow (1997, 1998; North Carolina)
Christine Sinclair (2004, 2005; Portland)

Dating back to 1994, Hanks is the third player who has been named a semifinalist (final-15 or final-10, depending on the year) for the Hermann Trophy and/or Missouri Athletic Club Award in each of her four collegiate seasons (the Hermann and M.A.C. Awards merged in 2002) … former Notre Dame midfielder Anne Makinen was a four-year Hermann/M.A.C semifinalists from 1997-2000 (she won both awards as a senior) … former Santa Clara midfielder Aly Wagner similarly was a four-time Hermann/M.A.C. Semifinalist from 1999-2002 and received the first merged Hermann/M.A.C. Trophy (in '02).

In addition to the eight players from teams competing in the 2008 semifinals this weekend, the other final-15 candidates for the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy include: Michigan State freshman F Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Virginia senior D Nikki Krzysik (Clifton, N.J.), Oklahoma State senior M Yolanda Odenyo (Uppsala, Sweden), Portland senior F Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif.), USC senior F Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Florida State sophomore F Sanna Talonen (Tampere, Finland) and William & Mary senior F Claire Zimmeck (Fairfax, Va.).

Two-thirds of the final-15 candidates (10) are seniors, plus three juniors (Heath, Nogueira, Cheney), a sophomore (Talonen) and the freshman Heyboer.

The 15 players include two each from California (Rapinoe and Rodriguez) and New Jersey (Averbuch and Heath), plus two foreign players (Odenyo/Sweden and Talonen/Finland) and players from nine other states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Virginia).

The final-15 candidates include nine forwards, four midfielders and two defenders (no goalkeepers).

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Based on records dating back to 1994 (the M.A.C. and Hermann awards began in 1988), there now have been five freshmen named among the final-10/5 candidates (semifinalists) for the M.A.C. and/or Hermann awards: ND midfielder Anne Makinen (1996), Santa Clara M Aly Wagner (1999), UNC forward Susan Bush (1999), ND forward Kerri Hanks (2005) and MSU forward Laura Heyboer (2008), pictured at left (courtesy of MSU) … Heyboer's 24 goals in 2008 represent one of the highest totals by a freshman in Division I women's soccer history … the top-four season goal totals ever by a D-I freshman include: 37 by SMU's Lisa Cole ('87), 32 by Baylor's Molly Cameron ('96), 30 by Washington State's Kim Lynass ('90) and 28 by ND's Hanks ('05).

Seven of the current final-15 earned the same honor in 2007, led by Cheney (who ultimately was runner-up for the M.A.C. Hermann, behind FSU's Mami Yamaguchi) … Averbuch, Bock, DiMartino, Hanks, Heath and Zimmeck also were among the 15 semifinalists for the 2007 M.A.C./Hermann Trophy … Averbuch joined Hanks and former UNC forward Heather O'Reilly among the three finalists for the 2006 award.

Hanks assisted on both ND goals in the quarterfinal win over Florida State (2-0), giving her the NCAA record for career assists in NCAA Tournament play (20, in 19 games played) … Hanks earlier had 2A vs. Toledo (5-2) in the first round and added an assist in the second round vs. Michigan State (1-0) … former North Carolina standout and current U.S. national teamer Lindsay Tarpley previously held the record with 19 career assists in the NCAAs, spanning the 2002-05 seasons ... most of Tarpley’s NCAA Tournament assists came in her sophomore season (2003), when she racked up 11 assists in six games to establish another record that will be tough to beat.


FANTASTIC FOURThis weekend's four teams own the best combined season winning percentage (.955; 92-2-5) ever among the four teams competing in a College Cup final weekend (since 1982):

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Best Combined Winning Percentage in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008 – .955 (92-2-5) … Notre Dame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), UNC (23-1-2)

1998 – .953 (89-3-3) … UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Florida (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

1995 – .941 (86-3-5) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

1997 – .934 (90-5-3) … UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), Connecticut (22-3-0)

2005 – .932 (86-4-5) … Penn St. (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St. (20-3-1)

1987 – .927 (69-5-1) … California (16-0-0), UNC (21-0-1), UMass (19-1-0), Central Fla. (13-4-0)

1996 – .924 (83-5-4) … Portland (19-0-2), UNC (23-1-0), ND (23-1-0), Santa Clara (18-3-2)

note: the 1995-98 semifinal fields each are among the best in the tournament's history, but the past 10 years have produced only two comparable elite semifinal groupings (2005 and 2008)


This weekend's four teams also own the most combined wins (92) and fewest combined losses (2) ever among a College Cup semifinalist group:

Most Combined Wins in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008 – 92-2-5 (.955) … Notre Dame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), North Carolina (23-1-2)

1997 – 90-5-3 (.934) … UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), Connecticut (22-3-0)

1998 – 89-3-3 (.953) … UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Florida (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

2006 – 88-7-6 (.901) … ND (24-0-1), UNC (25-1-1), UCLA (21-3-0) Florida State (18-3-4)

1995 – 86-3-5 (.941) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

2005 – 86-4-5 (.932) … Penn State (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida State (20-3-1)

1999 – 86-8-2 (.906) … Santa Clara (23-0-0), UNC (22-2-0), Penn State (21-3-1), ND (20-3-1)


Fewest Combined Losses in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

2008 – 2 (92-2-5/.955) … Notre Dame (25-0-0), UCLA (22-0-2), Stanford (22-1-1), UNC (23-1-2)

1998 – 3 (89-3-3/.953) … UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Florida (24-1-0), Portland (19-2-2)

1995 – 3 (86-3-5/.941) .. UNC (25-0-0), Portland (19-0-2), SMU (23-1-1), ND (19-2-2)

1982 – 3 (57-3-5/.915) … UConn (15-0-1), Central Florida (10-0-2), Mo.-St. Louis (15-1-2), UNC (17-2-0)

2005 – 4 (86-4-5/.932) … Penn State (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida State (20-3-1)

1996 – 5 (83-5-4/.924) … Portland (19-0-2), ND (23-1-0), UNC (23-1-0), Santa Clara (18-3-2)

1987 – 5 (69-5-1/.927) … California (16-0-0), UNC (21-0-1), UMass (19-1-0), Central Florida (13-4-0),

1997 – 5 (90-5-3/.934) … UNC (25-0-1), ND (23-0-1), Santa Clara (20-2-1), Connecticut (22-3-0)


BUSHEL-O-WINSThis marks the fifth time that a team has entered the semifinals with 25-plus wins (ND, 25-0-0) and it's the third time in the past six seasons … three of the previous semifinalists with 25-plus wins went on to win the NCAA title (UNC in '97, 2003 and '06), while the 1995 North Carolina team lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals (1-0):

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 25-plus wins
1 – 1995 (UNC), 1997 (UNC), 2003 (UNC), 2006 (UNC), 2008 (ND)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1998-2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 24-plus wins
2 – 1998 (FL, UNC), 2006 (UNC, ND)
1 – 1995 (UNC), 1997 (UNC), 2003 (UNC), 2008 (ND)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1999, 2000-02, 2004, 2005, 2007
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

This is the sixth time that two of the semifinalists have 23-plus wins (ND 25-0-0; UNC 23-1-2) … in the five previous College Cups featuring two semifinalists with 23-plus wins, one of those teams has gone on to win the NCAA title every time except for 1995 (when UNC and SMU both lost in the semifinals):

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 23-plus wins
2 – 1995 (NC, SMU), 1996 (NC, ND), 1997 (NC, ND), 1998 (FL, NC), 2006 (NC, ND), 2008 (ND, NC)
1 – 1991 (NC), '92 (NC), '94 (NC), '99 (SCU), 2000 (ND), '01 (NC), '03 (NC), '04 (ND), '05 (UP)
0 – 1982-90, 1993, 2002, 2007
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

The 2008 grouping of ND (25-0-0), UNC (23-1-2), UCLA (22-0-2) and Stanford (22-1-1) represents the first time that all four semifinalists have entered the College Cup's final weekend with 22 or more wins (in both 1997 and '98, three of the semifinalists already had won 22 or more games) … in fact, no previous College Cup has featured all four semifinalists with 21-plus wins – although the 1997, 1999 and 2005 semifinalists all had 20-plus wins heading into the final-weekend action:

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 22-plus wins

4 – 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford)

3 – 1997 (NC, ND, UConn), 1998 (FL, NC, Santa Clara)

2 – 1994 (NC), '95 (NC, SMU), '96 (NC, ND), '99 (SCU, UNC), 2005 (Penn St., Portland), '06 (UNC, ND)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1987-88, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2007

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 21-plus wins

4 – 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford)

3 – '97 (NC, ND, CT), '98 (FL, NC, SCU), '99 (SCU, NC, PSU), '01 (NC, FL, SCU), '05 (PSU, UP, UCLA), '06 (NC, ND, UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990, 2007

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 20-plus wins

4 – 1997 (NC, ND, UConn, SCU) , '99 (SCU, NC, PSU, ND), 2001 (UNC, FL, SCU, UP), 2005 (PSU, UP, UCLA, FSU), 2008 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford)

3 – 1998 (FL, UNC, SCU), 2006 (UNC, ND, UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990

(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


UNBEATEN DUOWith Notre Dame and UCLA yet to lose this season, there now have been 30 teams (roughly one per year, 1.1) that have entered the College Cup final weekend/semifinals without a loss … those 30 teams include 13 from UNC, five from ND and three each from Santa Clara and Portland (plus one from UCF, UConn, UMass, Cal and Penn State) … five teams in the past five years have entered the semifinals without a loss (Portland and PSU in 2005; ND in '06; and ND/UCLA in '08):

Teams that have entered the College Cup final weekend/semifinals without a loss (30 teams)
13 North Carolina teams: 1984 (22-0-1), '86 (22-0-1), '87 (21-0-1), '88 (16-0-3), '89 (22-0-1), 1991 (22-0-0), '92 (23-0-0), '93 (21-0-0), '95 (25-0-0), '97 (25-0-1), '98 (24-0-0), 2001 (23-0-0), '03 (25-0-0) … most of these UNC teams won the NCAA title (all except '95/ND, '98/Florida and '01/Santa Clara)

Five Notre Dame teams: 1994 (22-0-1), 1997 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), 2006 (24-0-1), 2008 (25-0-0)

Three Santa Clara teams: 1990 (18-0-1), 1998 (22-0-1), 1999 (23-0-0)

Three Portland teams: 1995 (19-0-2), 1996 (19-0-2), 2005 (22-0-1; won NCAA title)

UCLA's 2008 team (22-0-2)
Penn State's 2005 team (23-0-1)
California's 1987 team (16-0-0)
UMass 1985 team (16-0-0)
Connecticut's 1982 team (15-0-1)
Central Florida's 1982 team (10-0-2)


NCAA semifinals fields when two teams each had no losses
2008 (Notre Dame 25-0-0 … UCLA 22-0-2)
2005 (Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1)
1998 (UNC 24-0-0 … Florida 24-1-10)
1997 (UNC 25-0-1 … Notre Dame 23-0-1)
1995 (UNC 25-0-0 … Portland 19-0-2)
1987 (UNC 21-0-1 … California 16-0-0)
1982 (UNC 15-0-1 … Central Florida 10-0-2)
note: unbeaten teams never have met in an NCAA title game … there have been only four semifinal fields with no unbeaten teams, with three of them coming in the past seven years (1983, 2002, 2004, 2007)


GREAT GAMES – Both of Friday's games will rate out among the best in NCAA semifinal history, based on the combined wins and win pct. of the teams (note that 2008 is the only seasons with both of ts semifinal games listed below):

Top Semifinal Matchups in NCAA History (based on combined win pct., entering game)

.987 – 1987 (37-0-1 … UNC 21-0-1 … California 16-0-0) … UNC won NCAA title

.979 – 2005 (45-0-2 … Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1) … Portland won NCAA title

.969 – 2008 (47-1-1 … Notre Dame 25-0-0 … Stanford 22-1-1)

.969 – 1998 (46-1-1 … Florida 24-1-0 … Santa Clara 22-0-1) … Florida won NCAA title

.956 – 1996 (42-1-2 … Notre Dame 23-1-0 … Portland 19-0-2) … UNC won NCAA title

.949 – 2003 (45-1-3 … UNC 25-0-0 … UCLA 21-1-3) … UNC won NCAA title

.946 – 1995 (42-1-3 … Portland 19-0-2 … SMU 23-1-1) … ND won NCAA title

.946 – 1982 (25-0-3 … UConn 15-0-1 … Central Florida 10-0-2) … UNC won NCAA title

.940 – 2008 (45-1-4 … UNC 23-1-2 … UCLA 22-0-2)
team in italics won/advanced (four of those seven then went on to win the NCAA title)


Top Semifinal Matchups in NCAA History (based on combined wins, entering game)

47-1-1/.969 – 2008 (Notre Dame 25-0-0 … Stanford 22-1-1)

46-1-1/.969 – 1998 (Florida 24-1-0 … Santa Clara 22-0-1) … Florida won NCAA title

46-4-1/.912 – 2006 (UNC 25-1-1 … UCLA 21-3-0) … UNC won NCAA title

45-0-2/.979 – 2005 (Penn State 23-0-1 … Portland 22-0-1) … Portland won NCAA title

45-1-3/.949 – 2003 (UNC 25-0-0 … UCLA 21-1-3) … UNC won NCAA title

45-1-4/.940 – 2008 (UNC 23-1-2 … UCLA 22-0-2)

45-3-1/.929 – 1997 (Notre Dame 23-0-1 ... UConn 22-3-0) … UNC won NCAA title

43-5-1/.888 – 1999 (UNC 22-2-0 … Penn State 21-3-1) … UNC won NCAA title
team in italics won/advanced (five of those six then went on to win the NCAA title)


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKESThe impressive combined record of the 2008 NCAA semifinal field is all the more striking when considering that – only one year ago – four teams (UCLA, USC, ND, FSU) converged on College Station, Texas, with a 73-13-19 combined record, representing the second-most combined losses (13) and second-lowest combined win pct. (.816) ever in an NCAA semifinal field … the 1989 semifinal field (UNC, CC, SCU, NC St.) had 14 combined losses and only an .813 combined win pct. (66-14-3) … in the six seasons prior to 2008 (2002-07), the semifinal fields had an average win pct. of .860 and an avg. of 10.3 losses among the four teams (in sharp contrast to the 2008 semifinalists, with their .955 combined win pct. and only two losses between them) … the 2007 final between Florida State and USC also represents the lowest combined win pct. (.790/37-8-5) ever in an NCAA title game (see Dream Matchups note below):


Lowest Combined Win Percentage in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

1989 – .813 (66-14-3) … NC St. (15-7-2), Santa Clara (14-4-0), Colorado College (15-3-0), UNC (22-0-1)

2007 – .816 (73-13-9) … Florida State (17-5-3), ND (18-4-2), USC (18-3-2), UCLA (20-1-2)

2003 – .828 (76-13-7) … Florida State (17-7-1), UConn (14-5-3), UCLA (20-1-3), UNC (25-0-0)

2002 – .835 (77-12-8) … Portland (18-4-2), Santa Clara (19-4-1), Penn State (19-3-1), UNC (21-1-4)

2004 – .844 (77-13-3) … UCLA (17-6-0), Santa Clara (18-4-2), Princeton (19-2-0), ND (23-1-1)

1990 – .846 (66-10-5) … UConn (14-7-1), Colorado College (16-2-2), UNC (18-1-1) Santa Clara (18-0-1)

1988 – .854 (65-7-10) … California (16-4-2), Wisconsin (15-2-2), N.C. State (18-1-3), UNC (16-0-3)
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


Most Combined Losses in a Division I Women's Soccer Semifinal Field

1989 – 14 (66-14-3/.813) … NC St. (15-7-2), Santa Clara (14-4-0), Colorado Coll. (15-3-0), UNC (22-0-1)

2007 – 13 (73-13-9/.816) … Florida State (17-5-3), ND (18-4-2), USC (18-3-2), UCLA (20-1-2)

2003 – 13 (76-13-7/.828) … Florida State (17-7-1), UConn (14-5-3), UCLA (20-1-3), UNC (25-0-0)

2004 – 13 (77-13-3/.844) … UCLA (17-6-0), Santa Clara (18-4-2), Princeton (19-2-0), ND (23-1-1)

2002 – 12 (77-12-8/.835) … Portland (18-4-2), Santa Clara (19-4-1), Penn State (19-3-1), UNC (21-1-4)

1990 – 10 (66-10-5/.846) … UConn (14-7-1), Colorado Coll. (16-2-2), UNC (18-1-1) Santa Clara (18-0-1)
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


DREAM MATCHUPSIf Notre Dame and UCLA advance to the 2008 NCAA title game, it will be the highest-rated championship matchup (based on combined winning pct.) in the 27-year history of the tournament (.980, assuming both win semifinals rather than advancing after a tie/PK shootout) … if ND and UCLA both advance to the final via a tie/PK shootout, their combined win pct. would be .960 (tied for third all-time) … if one of the teams wins its semifinal and the other advances on a tie/PK shootout, their combined win pct. would be .971 and would trail only the 1987 final's combined win pct. (.966/42-1-1, UNC and UMass).


Best combined win pct. of teams in an NCAA title game
1987 – .966 (42-1-1 … UNC 22-0-1, UMass 20-1-0)
2006 – .963 (51-1-2 … UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-
1994 – .960 (47-1-2 … UNC 24-1-1, ND 23-0-1)
1996 – .960 (48-2-0 … UNC 24-1-0, ND 24-1-0)
2001 – .958 (46-2-0 … UNC 24-0-0, SCU 22-2-0)
1998 – .954 (50-1-0 … UNC 25-0-0, Florida 25-1-0)1991 – .952 (40-2-0 … UNC 23-0-0, Wisconsin 17-2-0)

potential 2008 title-game matchups combined win pct. (assuming semifinal wins/non-PK ties)
.980 (49-0-2 … ND 26-0-0, UCLA 23-0-2)
.962 (50-1-2 … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)
.933 (47-2-3 … UNC 24-1-2, Stanford 23-1-1)
.950 (46-1-3 … UCLA 23-0-2, Stanford 23-1-1)

Most combined wins in an NCAA title game
2006 – 51-1-2 (UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-1)
1998 – 50-1-0 (UNC 25-0-0, Florida 25-1-0)
1997 – 49-3-4 (UNC 26-0-1, UConn 23-3-3)
1996 – 48-2-0 (UNC 24-1-0, ND 24-1-0)
1994 – 47-1-2 (UNC 24-1-1, ND 23-0-1)
2001 – 46-2-0 (UNC 24-0-0, SCU 22-2-0)
2005 – 44-1-4 (Portland 22-0-2, UCLA 22-1-2)
1999 – 44-5-1 (UNC 23-2-0, ND 21-3-1)

potential 2008 title-game matchups combined wins (assuming semifinal wins/non-PK ties)
50-1-2 (.962) … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)
49-0-2 (.980) … ND 26-0-0, UCLA 23-0-2)
47-2-3 (.933) … UNC 24-1-2, Stanford 23-1-1)
46-1-3 (.950) … UCLA 23-0-2, Stanford 23-1-1)


Lowest combined win pct. of teams in NCAA title game
2007 – .790 (37-8-5) … Florida State 18-5-3, USC 19-3-2
1990 – .795 (34-8-2) … UConn 15-7-1, UNC 19-1-1
2002 – .810 (39-8-3) … Portland 19-4-2, Santa Clara 20-4-1
2004 – .850 (42-7-1) … UCLA 18-6-0, Notre Dame 24-1-1
2000 – .859 (39-6-1) … UCLA 19-3-1, UNC 20-3-0
2003 – .867 (41-5-3) … UConn 15-5-3, UNC 26-0-0
1983 – .875 (34-4-2) … George Mason 16-3-2, UNC 18-1-0


ROTATING CHAMPSIf UCLA or Stanford win the 2008 NCAA title, there will have been five different national champions over the past five years (also ND in '04, Portland in '05, UNC in '06, USC in '07) … if Notre Dame wins the title, that will yield four different champs over the past four years … prior to USC's championship in 2007, there never had been four different NCAA champions in a four-year span.


CONFERENCE CALLA title game between UCLA and its Pacific-10 Conference rival Stanford would represent the fourth time that women's soccer teams from the same conference have played for the NCAA Division I title (would be only the second time since 1992):

Teams from the same conference to play in an NCAA final
1988 – North Carolina 4, North Carolina State 1 (Atlantic Coast Conference)
1992 – North Carolina 9, Duke 1 (ACC)
2002 – Portland 2, Santa Clara 1, in OT (West Coast Conference)


DECADE OF DOMINANCEThe four teams remaining in the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship include the three winningest programs from the current decade and the three winningest 2008 senior classes:


Winningest Division I Programs of the Current Decade (2000-08)

205-14-10 – North Carolina (.917; 22.8 wins per season)

189-25-7 – Notre Dame (.871; 21.0 wins per season)

180-29-10 – UCLA (.845; 20.0 wins per season)
(combined 2000s decade records for UNC/ND/UCLA: 574-68-27, .878; avg. 21.3 wins per season)
winningest programs of the 1990s were UNC (216-7-3/.962/21.6) and ND (196-27-11/.861/19.6)


Most 20-Win Seasons Since 2001
7 – North Carolina (all but 2007)
6 – UCLA (all but 2002 and 2004)
5 – Notre Dame (2003-06, 2008) and Portland (2001-02, 2004-05, 2008)


Best All-Time NCAA Tournament Win Percentages (min. 12 ms)

(1) .929 – North Carolina (98-7-1; 27 yrs)

(2) .782 – Notre Dame (48-13-1; 16 yrs)

(3) .760 – UCLA (38-12-0; 13 yrs)

combined totals for UNC/ND/UCLA: 183-32-2 (.848)

(4) .754 – Portland (43-13-3; 16 yrs)

(5) .735 – Florida State (24-8-2; 9 yrs)

(6) .686 – Santa Clara (40-18-1; 19 yrs)

(7) .686 – Penn State (29-13-1; 14 yrs)

(8) .608 – Texas A&M (22-14-1; 14 yrs)

(9) .625 – Florida (19-11-2; 12 yrs)

(10) .620 – Connecticut (43-26-2; 26 yrs)

(11) .620 – Nebraska (15-9-1; 10 yrs)

(12) .579 – Tennessee (10-7-2; 8 yrs)

(13) .568 – USC (10-7-2; 8 yrs)

(14) .563 – George Mason (13-10-1; 11 yrs)

(15) .553 – Stanford (19-15-4; 18 yrs)


All-Time NCAA Tournament Victories
(1) 98 – North Carolina (27 yrs)
(2) 48 Notre Dame (16 yrs)
(3) 43 – Portland (16 yrs) and Connecticut (26 yrs)
(5) 40 – Santa Clara (19 
(6) 38 – UCLA (13 yrs)
(7) 29 – Penn State (14 yrs)
(8) 24 – Florida State (9 yrs)
(9) 22 – Texas A&M (14 yrs)
(10) 19 – Stanford (18 yrs), Florida (12 yrs) and Virginia (19 yrs)


CLASS ACTS – The three winningest 2008 senior classes will be in action this weekend in Cary:

Winningest 2008 Senior Classes (career record, 2005-08)

92-7-4 – North Carolina (.913; 23.0 wins per season)

(2006 NCAA champion, '08 semifinalist/TBA, '05 quarterfinals, '07 round-of-16)


91-9-3 – Notre Dame (.898; 22.8 wins per season)

(2006 NCAA runner-up, '08 semifinalist/TBA, '07 semifinalist, '05 quarterfinalist)


85-8-6 – UCLA (.889; 21.3 wins per season)

(2005 NCAA runner-up, '08 semifinalist/TBA, '06 and '07 semifinalist)


78-10-5 – Portland (.866; 19.5 wins per season)

(2005 NCAA champion, '06, '07 and '08 quarterfinalist)


73-17-11 – Florida State (.777; 18.3 wins per season)

(2007 runner-up, '05 and '06 semifinalist, '08 quarterfinalist)


senior-class combined totals for UNC/ND/UCLA: 268-23-13 (.903)


TOP ALL-TIME CLASSESThere have been 18 senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (15 for UNC, 3 from ND) that have helped their teams post more than 90 wins in their four-year careers – and two of those senior classes will be in Cary this weekend (UNC's seniors are 92-7-4/.913 while ND's seniors are 91-9-3/.898) … two years ago, the 2006 senior classes for UNC (97-3-3/.956 final record) and ND (92-8-3/.908) were wrapping up similarly impressive careers … if UNC picks up two wins this weekends, the Tar Heels seniors will become the 10th Division I class ever to total 94-plus career wins (along with nine previous UNC classes) … if ND wins twice this weekend, the Irish seniors will become the 12th all-time class with 93-plus career wins (along with 11 UNC classes).


Most Wins By A Division I Women's Soccer Senior Class (1982-2008)

102-3-1 (.967) – North Carolina's 1998 seniors (1995-98; NCAA camps in 1996, 1997)

102-3-2 (.963) – North Carolina's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1994, 1996, 1997)


101-4-1 (.958) – North Carolina's 1999 seniors (1996-99; NCAA champs in 1996, 1997, 1999)

98-2-1 (.975) – North Carolina's 1995 seniors (1992-95; NCAA champs in 1992, 1993, 1994)

98-3-1 (.966) – North Carolina's 1996 seniors (1993-96; NCAA champs in 1993, 1994, 1996)


97-1-1 (.985) – North Carolina's 1994 seniors (1991-94; NCAA champs in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)

97-3-3 (.956) – North Carolina's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2003, 2006)

97-6-1 (.938) – North Carolina's 2000 seniors (1997-2000; NCAA champs in 1997, 1999, 2000)


94-7-0 (.931) – North Carolina's 2001 seniors (1998-2001; NCAA champs in 1999, 2000)


93-1-2 (.979) – North Carolina's 1992 seniors (1989-92; NCAA champs in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)

93-6-4 (.922) – North Carolina's 2003 seniors (2000-2003; NCAA champs in 2000, 2003)


92-1-1 (.984) – North Carolina's 1993 seniors (1990-93; NCAA champs in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)

92-4-6 (.931) – North Carolina's 2004 seniors (2001-04; NCAA champs in 2003)

92-7-4 (.913) – North Carolina's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA champs in 2006/TBA in 2008)

92-8-3 (.908) – Notre Dame's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2004)


91-4-7 (.927) – North Carolina's 2005 seniors (2002-05; NCAA champs in 2003)

91-6-4 (.921) – Notre Dame's 1997 seniors (1994-97; NCAA champs in 1995)

91-9-3 (.898) – Notre Dame's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA finish TBA in 2008)

notes: UNC and ND's 2006 senior classes met in the NCAA final (combined 188-10-6 career record/.936 win pct. entering that game) … UNC and ND's seniors did not face each other in the 1997 NCAAs (ND ;lost to UConn in the semifinals) … if UNC and ND meet in the 2008 NCAA final, they will have a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7 (.906), assuming that each advances with a semifinal win (i.e. not a tie/PK shootout).


Senior classes that have played in four College Cup final weekends (24 classes)
UNC (seniors in 1985 through 2003; 19 total classes)
UCLA (seniors in 2006, 2007 and 2008)
Santa Clara's 1999 seniors
Notre Dame's 1997 seniors


USUAL SUSPECTS – There will be plenty of familiar faces in the 2008 NCAA semifinals:

Most Trips to the NCAA College Cup Final Weekend (semifinals)
24 – North Carolina
10 – Notre Dame and Santa Clara
8 – Portland
7 – UCLA, Connecticut and UMass
5 – Colorado College
4 – Florida State and George Mason
(three each for California and Penn State; two each for Stanford, UCF, Wisconsin, N.C. State and Florida; one each for Missouri-St. Louis, Virginia, Hartford, Duke, SMU, Princeton and USC)

Active streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)
5 – UCLA (2003-08)
3 – Notre Dame (2006-08)
FSU played in the 2005-07 NCAA semifinals

All-time streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals)
21 – North Carolina (1982-2003)
6 – UCLA (2003-08)
5 – UMass (1983-87)
4 – Notre Dame (1994-97), Santa Clara (1996-99)
3 – Notre Dame (2006-08), Florida State (2005-07), Portland (2000-02 and 1994-96), Colorado College (1989-91), Connecticut (1982-84)

Most NCAA Title-Game Appearances
21 – North Carolina
6 – Notre Dame
4 – Connecticut
3 – George Mason, Portland and UCLA
(two trips each for Colorado College and Santa Clara; one each for UCF, UMass, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida, Florida State and USC ... Stanford never has been to the NCAA title game)


IRISH REACH 25 WINS FOR THIRD TIME Notre Dame (25-0-0) has reached 25 wins for the third time in the program's history (the '04 and '06 teams each won 25) ... there now have been 19 Division I women's soccer teams ever to to total 24-plus wins in a season (15 by UNC, three for ND and Florida's 1998 squad) and 12 with 25-plus wins (eight by UNC, three for ND and UF in '98) ... three current teams – UNC (23), UCLA (22) and Stanford (22) – still have a shot at reaching 24 wins this season ... the only previous years with multiple 24-win teams are 1998 (UNC and Florida) and 2006 (UNC and ND) ... those seasons also marked the most combined wins ever in an NCAA title-game matchup (records are prior to the final): UNC (26-1-0) vs. ND (25-0-1) in 2006 (51-1-1 combined); and UNC (24-0-0) vs. Florida (25-1-0) in 1998 (49-1-0 combined).

Most Wins in a Season (1982-2008)
27 – North Carolina (27-0-0 in 1997 and 2003; 27-1-0 in 2006)
26 – Florida (1998)
Teams with 25 wins have included UNC in 1992, ’94, ’95, ’96 and ’98, and ND in ’04, ’06 and '08 … teams with 24 wins have included UNC in '84, '86, '89, '91, '96, '99 and '01


TALL TASK – Notre Dame is attempting to become only the second team since 1993 to win the NCAA title without suffering a loss or tie all season (UNC's 2003 title squad went 27-0-0)

National Champions with Unbeaten/Untied Records
2003 – North Carolina (27-0-0)
1993 – North Carolina (23-0-0)
1992 – North Carolina (25-0-0)
1991 – North Carolina (25-0-0)
1990 – North Carolina (24-0-0)

National Champions With No Losses and One Tie
1997 – North Carolina (27-0-1)
1989 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1987 – North Carolina (23-0-1)
1986 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
1984 – North Carolina (24-0-1)
Portland won the 2005 NCAA title with a 23-0-2 record (one tie was PK semifinal vs. Penn State)

Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with “perfect records” (no losses or ties; 11 teams)

7 UNC teams: '91 (22-0-0), '92 (23-0-0), '93 (21-0-0), '95 (25-0-0), '98 (24-0-0), '01 (23-0-0), '03 (25-0-0)

Notre Dame's 2008 team (25-0-0)

Santa Clara's 1999 team (23-0-0)

California's 1987 team(16-0-0)

UMass 1985 team (16-0-0)

notes: four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 … there never have been multiple teams with perfect records in the same semifinal field


Teams that have entered the NCAA semifinals with no losses and one tie (14 teams)

5 UNC teams: 1984 (22-0-1), 1986 (22-0-1), 1987 (21-0-1), 1989 (22-0-1), 1997 (25-0-1)

4 ND teams: 1994 (22-0-1), 1997 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), 2006 (24-0-1)

2 Santa Clara teams: 1990 (18-0-1), 1998 (22-0-1)

Penn State's 2005 team (23-0-1)

Portland's 2005 team (22-0-1)

UConn's 1982 team (15-0-1)

notes: six of these teams went on to win the NCAA title (UNC '84, '86, '87, '89, '97; Portland '05/final record 23-0-2) … teams from the above list have met in the semifinals twice (UNC-Cal in '87, PSU-UP in '05) … semifinal teams with no losses and multiple ties include UCF in 1982 (10-0-2), UNC in 1988 (16-0-3), Portland in 1995 and 1996 (both 19-0-2) and UCLA in 2008 (22-0-2)


REMATCH GAME – The 2008 NCAA Tournament has featured 16 games this season that were a rematch from the 2008 regular season ... in most of those cases (11), the team that won the regular-season game also won the NCAA matchup (four teams avenged the earlier loss while Duke's win over Virginia was a rematch of a regular-season tie) ... teams that turned the tables and won/advanced from the more important 2008 matchup (i.e. in the NCAAs) include Rutgers vs. Penn State in the first round, Virginia vs. West Virginia in the second round, Northeastern vs. Harvard (second round) and Florida vs. UCF (second round).


Regular-Season Result ... NCAA Rematch

North Carolina 3, at Texas A&M 2 … at UNC 2, Texas A&M 1 (quarterfinal)

Duke 0, at Virginia 0 ... Duke 2, @UVa 0 (round-of-16)
Florida State 1, at Boston College 0 ... @FSU 1, BC 0 (round-of-16)
UCLA 2, USC 1 (@L.A. Coliseum) ... @UCLA 1, USC 0 (round-of-16)

Central Florida 1, at Florida 0 ... UF 2, UCF 0 (second round)
Florida State 3, at Auburn 0 ... @FSU 1, Auburn 0 (second round)
Illinois 2, at Missouri 0 (OT) ... Illinois elim. Missouri in PKs (second round)
Minnesota 2, at South Dakota State 0 ... @MN 2, SDSU 0 (second round)
Harvard 2, at Northeastern 1 ... NE elim. Harvard in PKs (2-2/4-2, second round)
at North Carolina 5, Charlotte 1 ... UNC 4, Charlotte 0 (second round)
at UCLA 3, San Diego 0 ... @UCLA 1, USD 0 (second round)
at West Virginia 3, Virginia 0 ... @UVa 3, WVU 2 (second round)

at Boston College 1, Central Connecticut 0 ... @BC 3, CC 0 (first round)
at Portland 7, Northern Arizona 0 ... @UP 6, NAU 1 (first round)
Penn State 1, at Rutgers 0 ... @RU 2, PSU 1 (OT, first round)
San Diego 1, at Long Beach State 0 ... USD 1, LBSU 0 (first round)

There are three potential rematch scenarios in the 2008 championship game (ND-UCLA is the only potential non-rematch):
North Carolina vs. Notre Dame ... ND won 1-0 at UNC
North Carolina vs. Stanford ... teams tied 1-1, at Stanford
UCLA vs. Stanford ... UCLA won 1-0, at home


HOME-STATE HEROES – The rosters for the eight remaining teams include players from 30 home states, plus four Canadian provinces, Finland and Germany ...

Home States for Players from 2008 Semifinalist Teams
40 – California (UCLA 19, Stanford 14, UNC 4, ND 3)
10 – Texas (ND 7, UNC 3)
8 – North Carolina (UNC 8)
6 – Illinois (ND 5, UNC 1), Indiana (ND 3, 1 each from Stanford, UCLA), New Jersey (UNC 4, ND 1, Stanford 1) and New York (UNC 4, ND 1, UCLA 1)
4 – Arizona (1 each)
3 – Ohio (ND 2, UNC 1) and Washington (Stanford 2, UCLA 1)
2 – Florida (UNC 2)
1 – Alabama, Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia

Different Home States/Provinces/Countries
14 – North Carolina … 12 – Notre Dame
10 – Stanford … 9 – UCLA (six states, three provinces)
(avg. of 11.3 home states/foreign countries/provinces per team)

Home States Represented on the Most Semifinalist Teams
4 teams – Arizona and California
3 teams – Indiana, New Jersey and New 
2 teams – Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Washington

Home States – By The Numbers ...
19 – UCLA players from California … 14 – Stanford players from California
8 – North Carolina players from North Carolina … 7 – Notre Dame players from Texas
5 – Notre Dame players from Illinois

North Carolina (14 states; 33 players)
8 – North Carolina … 4 – California, Illinois, New York
3 – Texas … 2 – Florida
1 – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Notre Dame (12 states; 28 players)
7 – Texas … 5 – Illinois
3 – California, Indiana … 2 – Ohio, Missouri
1 – Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York

Stanford (10 states; 24 players)
14 – California … 2 – Washington
1 – Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia

UCLA (6 states, 3 Canadian provinces; 27 players)
19 – California
1 – Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, New York, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario


STACKING UP THE FINAL-4 ...

Goals Per Game (national rank)
UNC – 3.31 (1)
ND – 3.24 (2)
Stanford – 2.96 (6)
UCLA – 2.50 (11)
four-team avg.: 2.38 gpg

Goals-Against Average (national rank)
UCLA – 0.20 (1)
Stanford – 0.29 (2)
ND – 0.40 (3)
UNC – 0.56 (10)
four-team avg.: 0.36 GAA

Save Percentage (national rank)
UCLA – .943 (1)
Stanford – .875 (5)
ND – .841 (39)
UNC – .805
four-team avg.: .866 save pct.

Shutouts
UCLA – 19 (1)
ND – 17 (T-2, with Stanford and Minnesota)
Stanford – 17 (T-2, with ND and Minnesota)
UNC – 16 (5)
69 combined shutouts (avg. 17.3 per team)

Games With 2-Plus Goals Allowed
Stanford – 0
UCLA – 0
ND – 2
UNC – 5
the four teams have combined to allow 2-plus goals in a game only seven times (1.8 per team)

Shots Allowed (per game)
Stanford – 6.6
UNC – 6.7
ND – 7.5
UCLA – 7.9
four-team avg.: 7.2 shots allowed/gm

Shots On Goal Allowed (per game)
Stanford – 2.4
ND – 2.5
UNC – 3.0
UCLA – 3.7
four-team avg.: 2.9 shots on goal/gm

Shot Efficiency (Shots Per Goal)
UNC – 6.6
Stanford – 7.0
ND – 7.4
UCLA – 8.1
four-team avg.: 7.3 shots per goal scored

Scoring Margin
UNC – +71 (86-15)
ND – +71 (81-10)
Stanford – +64 (71-7)
UCLA – +55 (60-5)
combined margin: +261 (298-37)

Shots Per Game
ND – 24.0
UNC – 21.8
Stanford – 20.7
UCLA –20.2
four-team avg.: 21.7 shots per game

Shots On Goal Per Game
ND – 11.5
Stanford – 11.0
UNC – 10.5
UCLA – 9.7
four-team avg.: 10.7 shots on goal/gm

Corner-Kick Margin
UNC – +130 (174-44)
ND – +124 (172-48)
Stanford – +109 (160-51)
UCLA – +105 (161-56)
combined margin: +468 (667-199)

Corner Kicks Per Game
ND – 6.9
UNC – 6.7
Stanford – 6.7
UCLA – 6.7
four-team avg.: 6.75 corner kicks per game


LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS – The 2008 season marks the second time in the past 12 years (also 1997) that each of the top-4 seeds has advanced to the NCAA semifinals:

Top-4 seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (42%, 20 of 48, since 1997)
1997 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals

1998 (1) – Notre Dame (#4 overall seed)

1999 (2) – Florida (#3 overall seed) and Nebraska (#4)

2000 (2) – Washington (#2 overall seed) and Clemson (#3)

2001 (1) – UCLA (#3 overall seed)

2002 (3) – Stanford (#1 overall seed), Pepperdine (#3) and Connecticut (#4)

2003 (2) – Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) and Florida (#3)

2004 (3) – North Carolina (#1 overall seed), Penn State (#2) and Virginia (#3)

2005 (1) – North Carolina (one of four #1s)

2006 (2) – Texas and Santa Clara (two of four #1s)

2007 (3) – North Carolina, Penn State and Stanford (three of four #1s)

2008 (0) – all four #1 seeds advanced to semifinals

(the above list includes UNC and Florida three times, and three teams twice: ND, Stanford and PSU)


Top-8 seeds that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-8/quarterfinals (33%, 32 of 96, since 1997)

1-4 seeds – 12 teams (1.0 per year)
(Florida in 1999; Washington and Clemson in 2000; Pepperdine in ’02; Notre Dame in ’03; Penn State and Virginia in ’04; Texas and Santa Clara in ’06; UNC, Stanford and Penn State in '07)

5-8 seeds –20 teams (1.7 per year)
(Duke, Virginia, Portland and Maryland in 1998; Harvard in '99; California in 2000; Notre Dame, Stanford and UConn in ’01; West Virginia and UCLA in ’02; West Virginia, Virginia and Portland in ’03; UNC and Kansas in ’04; Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07; Florida and Virginia in ‘08)

(the above list includes Virginia four times and six teams twice: Florida, ND, UNC, Portland, Stanford and West Virginia)


Annual chart for matching seed (top-16 reach rd-of-16; top-8 reach quarters; top-4 reach semifinals)
Year – Round of 16 ... Quarterfinals (8) ... Semifinals (4)

2008 – 12 … 6 ... 4 (ND, UNC, UCLA, Stanford)

2007 – 12 ... 3 ... 1 (UCLA)

2006 – 12 ... 6 ... 2 (Notre Dame, UNC)

2005 – 13 ... 8 ... 3 (Portland, Penn State, UCLA)

2004 – 10 ... 4 ...1 (Notre Dame/#4 overall seed)

2003 – 10 ... 4 ... 2 (UNC/#1 overall seed, UCLA/#4)

2002 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 1 (UNC/#2 overall seed)

2001 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 3 (UNC/#1 overall seed, Santa Clara/#3, Portland/#4)

2000 – 7 (of 8) … 5 … 2 (ND/#1 overall seed, UNC)

1999 – 6 (of 8) … 6 … 2 (Santa Clara/#1 overall seed, UNC/#2)

1998 – 8 (of 8) … 8 … 3 (UNC/#1 overall seed, Florida/#2, Santa Clara/#3)

1997 – 5 (of 8) … 4 … 4 (UNC, ND, UConn, Santa Clara; listed in seed order)

Avg. – 11.5 in round-of-16 (2003-08) ... 5.3 in quarterfinals (since '97)... 2.3 in semifinals (since '97)

Seeds of College Cup Final Weekend Participants (semifinalists; since 2001)
Seeds 1-4: 17 (avg. of 2.1 per year)
Seeds 5-8: 8 (avg. of 1.0 per year)
Seeds 9-12: 2 (avg. of 0.3 per year)
Seeds 13-16: 3 (avg. of 0.4 per year)
Others: 2*
* Notes: Penn State reached the semifinals in 2002 but was not seeded (there were only eight seeds in ’02) … in 2003, UConn made it all the way to the NCAA title game but did not face a top-16 seed until beating 11th seed Florida State in the semifinals (three seeded teams – #15 Boston College, #2 Notre Dame and #7 Virginia, plus Villanova, which beat UVa – all were upset in the round before they would have faced UConn).


GETTING OVER THE HUMP Last week's quarterfinal round provided an historic moment for Stanford, which had advanced to the semifinals only once in 17 previous trips to the NCAAs … several other teams will be looking to get “over the hump” (in various rounds) during the 2009 season:

Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Quarterfinal Round (final-8)
14 – Wake Forest (every other team with 10-plus NCAA trips has made at least one final-8 game)

Most NCAA Trips With Only One Quarterfinal Appearance
12 – SMU … 11 – BYU … 10 – Dartmouth and USC

Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching College Cup Semifinals (final-4)
23 – William & Mary … 14 – Texas A&M, Clemson and Wake Forest
12 – Boston College … 11 – BYU and Harvard
10 – Dartmouth and Nebraska

Most NCAA Trips With Only One Semifinal Appearance (final-4)
21 – Virginia … 15 – Duke … 14 – Hartford
12 – SMU … 10 – USC
(Stanford had one semifinal appearance in 17 NCAA trips, before its 2008 quarterfinal win over Portland)

Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Title Game
23 – William & Mary … 21 – Virginia
18 – Stanford … 16 – California
14 – Texas A&M, Clemson, Hartford, Penn State and Wake Forest

Most NCAA Trips With Only One Title-Game Appearance
15 – Duke and UMass … 14 – Central Florida and Wisconsin
12 – Florida

Most NCAA Trips Without Winning the Title
26 – Connecticut … 23 – William & Mary … 21 – Virginia … 18 – Stanford
16 – California … 15 – Duke and UMass
14 – Texas A&M, UCLA, Central Florida, Clemson, Hartford, Penn State, Wake Forest and Wisconsin


TOUGH TO BEATUNC’s all-time record (652-30-20) includes only 11 opponents that have totaled at least two games vs. the Tar Heels that were not losses (wins or ties) ... Notre Dame – a potential opponent vs. UNC in the 2008 title game – is one of those teams with two “non-losses” vs. UNC and owns the best win pct. from that group (.333: 4-9-2), followed by Santa Clara’s .211 (4-15) ... all other teams (besides ND and SCU) are only 25-648-19 vs. UNC (.050), with ND and SCU accounting for roughly one-fourth of the all-time wins over UNC (8-of-30) ... here’s the list of teams with at least two wins/ties vs. UNC:

Pct. – Team (record vs. UNC)
.333 – Notre Dame (4-9-2)
.211 – Santa Clara (4-15-0)
.118 – George Mason (1-14-2)
.111 – Connecticut (2-16-0)
.111 – Stanford (0-7-2)
.083 – Florida State (1-21-2)
.083 – Central Florida (0-15-3)
.068 – William & Mary (1-20-1)
.060 – Duke (2-39-1)
.049 – N.C. State (1-38-2)
.024 – Virginia (0-39-2)
14 other teams have one win vs. UNC: South Carolina (1-1-0), Harvard (1-1-0), Cortland State (1-1-0), Missouri-St. Louis (1-2-0), Penn State (1-4-0), Miami (1-5-0), UCLA (1-6-0), Florida (1-7-0), UMass (1-7-0), Texas A&M (1-10-0), Wake Forest (1-22-0), Clemson (1-23-0)

Most wins plus ties (non-losses) vs. UNC
6 – Notre Dame (4-9-2) … 4 – Santa Clara (4-14-0)
3 – Duke, Florida State, N.C. State, George Mason, UCF
2 – UConn, Stanford, William & Mary, Virginia

Teams with multiple wins vs. UNC
4 – Notre Dame and Santa Clara … 2 – UConn and Duke

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 North Carolina 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
2008 – UNC will face UCLA in semifinal


CRADLE OF COACHES – The semifinal teams feature some of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Division I women's soccer (all lists have been updated, through the quartefinal games):

Coaches who have taken the most teams to the College Cup semifinals
24 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina)
10 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara)
7 – Clive Charles (Portland) and Len Tsantiris (Connecticut)
6 – Jillian Ellis (UCLA) and Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame)
5 – Kalekani Banda (UMass)

Coaches who have taken the most teams to the NCAA title game
21 – Anson Dorrance (North Carolina)
4 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut)
3 – Jillian Ellis (UCLA) and Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame)


Active Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Win Percentage
(minimum five years as a Division I head coach; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution)

(1) .940 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) .854 – Garrett Smith (Portland, 2003-08 … 116-17-7, 6 yrs)

(3) .794 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98, UCLA 1999-2008 … 214-51-12, 12 yrs)

(4) .786 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa 1989-94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame 1999-2008 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)

(5) .774 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2008 ... 330-87-27, 19 yrs)


Active Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Wins
(minimum five years as a Division I head coach; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution)

(1) 671 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) 463 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2008 … 463-137-41, 28 yrs)

(3) 342 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2008 … 342-102-34, 22 yrs)

(4) 330 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2008 ... 330-87-27, 19 yrs)

(5) 317 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa '89-'94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame 1999-2008 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)


All-Time Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Win Percentage
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA D-I school; includes all victories as coach at four-year institution.)

(1) .940 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) .799 – Clive Charles (Portland, 1989-2002 … 226-52-13, 14 yrs)

(3) .794 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98, UCLA 1999-2008 … 214-51-12, 12 yrs)

(4) .786 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa '89-'94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame 1999-2008 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)

(5) .774 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2008 ... 330-87-27, 19 yrs)


All-Time Division I Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders – Career Wins
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA D-I school; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution)

(1) 671 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) 463 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2008 … 463-137-41, 28 yrs)

(3) 342 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2008 … 342-102-34, 22 yrs)

(4) 330 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2008 ... 330-87-27, 19 yrs)

(5) 317 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa '89-'94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame 1999-2008 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)


All-Time NCAA Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders (All Divisions) – Career Win Percentage
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA school; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution.)

(1) .940 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) .894 – Jeff Bailey (Franklin Pierce/D2, 1996-2008 … 250-23-15, 13 yrs)

(3) .877 – Joe Russo (College of N.J./D-3, 1990-2008 … 350-39-24, 19 yrs)

(4) .854 – Brian McManus (UC San Diego/D-2, 1997-2008 … 370-51-30, 22 yrs)

(5) .851 – Luis Reis (Wheaton, Mass./D-3, 1997-2008 … 234-37-10, 12 yrs)

(6) .809 – Joe Mingachos (Western Connecticut/D-3, 1997-2008 … 205-41-19, 12 yrs)

(7) .799 – Clive Charles (Portland, 1989-2002 … 226-52-13, 14 yrs)

(8) .798 – Mike Covone (Barry/D-2, 1984-94 … 140-32-9, 11 yrs)

(9) .794 – Jillian Ellis (Illinois 1997-98, UCLA 1999-2008 … 214-51-12, 12 yrs)

(10) .794 – Bob Sheehan (Northern Kentucky/D-2, 1997-2008 … 200-47-13, 12 yrs)

(11) .789 – Brian Speck (Union, N.Y./D-3, 1995-2008 … 203-47-20, 14 yrs)

(12) .787 – Bob Barnes (Ohio Wesleyan/D-3, 1997-2008 … 184-44-16, 12 yrs)

(13) .786 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa '89-'94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame '99-'08 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)

italics indicate non-active coaches


All-Time NCAA Women's Soccer Coaching Leaders (All Divisions) – Career Wins
(min. 10 years as head coach at NCAA school; includes all victories as coach at a four-year institution.)

(1) 671 – Anson Dorrance (UNC, 1979-2008 … 671-33-21, 30 yrs)

(2) 463 – Len Tsantiris (Connecticut, 1981-2008 … 463-137-41, 28 yrs)

(3) 397 – Terry Gurnett (Rochester/D-3, 1977-2008 … 397-125-60, 32 yrs)

(4) 389 – Aliceann Wilber (William Smith/D-3, 1980-2008 … 389-114-45, 29 yrs)

(5) 380 – Gabe Mehail (Wheaton, Mass./D-3 1979-82, Merrimack 1984-2008 … 380-160-37)

(6) 370 – Brian McManus (UC San Diego/D-2, 1997-2008 … 370-51-30, 22 yrs)

(7) 350 – Joe Russo (College of N.J./D-3, 1990-2008 … 350-39-24, 19 yrs)

(8) 342 – Jerry Smith (Santa Clara, 1987-2008 … 342-102-34, 22 yrs)

(9) 330 – Becky Burleigh (Berry/NAIA 1989-93, Florida 1995-2008 ... 330-87-27, 19 yrs)

(10) 325 – Pete Felske (Wheaton, Ill./D-3; 1988-2008 ... 325-86-20, 21 yrs)

(11) 320 – Sheila Miech (Wis.-Stevens Point/D-3, 1987-2008 … 320-103-28, 22 yrs)

(12) 317 – Randy Waldrum (Tulsa '89-'94, Baylor '96-'98, Notre Dame '99-'08 ... 317-79-20, 20 yrs)

(note – Felske's Wheaton squad has advanced to the Division III national semifinals)


NCAA Notebook #2 (Nov. 26, 2008)
NCAA Notebook #1 (Nov. 15, 2008)

EARLIER NOTES ... The previous two NCAA Notebooks on CollegeSoccer360.com (linked above) included some additional info. that may be useful to first-time visitors to the site … here are some of the highlights of data from previous NCAA Notebooks that was not included in this version:

* A look at the challenge Texas A&M faced in trying to win at UNC during the quarterfinal round (the Tar Heels have lost at home only eight times in 27 NCAA-sponsored seasons) … A&M also missed out on becoming the fifth team ever to beat UNC more than once.

* A listing of NCAA finishes by defending NCAA champions (Santa Clara's 2002 team is the most recent to return to the NCAA title game one year after winning the national championship) … 2007 champion USC, which lost a 2008 quarterfinal at UCLA, is one of only five NCAA champions that have failed to reach at least the NCAA quarterfinal round in the year after winning the title … there has not been an NCAA repeat champion since UNC in 2000.

* An in-depth analysis of NCAA tournament seeding, including: how top-16 seeds have fared (since 2001) when sent on the road for the opening weekend (two of four such teams in '08 failed to reach the round-of-16); other top-16 teams that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-16.

* Notes on the official Academic All-America selections, which included six players from the current semifinalist teams: UNC's Yael Averbuch, Kristi Evelend and Anna Rodenbough; ND's Brittany Bock and Elise Weber; and Stanford's Kira Maker.

* A look at the impressive combined win totals for the 2008 quarterfinalist.

* Notes on the rarity of teams meeting three straight years in the NCAA quarterfinals or later (such as ND-FSU, from 2006-08); also a listing of teams that have played on the College Cup final weekend in consecutive years.

* Active and all-time streaks for reaching the NCAA quarterfinals (also all-time quarterfinal appearances); similar streaks and total appearance lists for the round-of-16, round-of-32 and NCAA overall field.

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