2012 NCAA D-I Women's Soccer Selection Notes ...

2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Brackets – Printable (PDF) & Interactive (w/ site dates & times)

Nov. 5, 2012           Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

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WE'RE #1 ... AGAIN!: Back in 2010, only five teams won 2010 conference regular-season titles (with #1 seed) AND conference tournament titles, but that number of double champions swelled to 14 in 2011 (outright regular-season champs/#1 seed and won conference tournament title) and was followed by 13 double champions this season: Florida (SEC), Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Idaho State (Big Sky), La Salle (Atlantic 10), Marquette (BIG EAST), Miami, Ohio (Mid-America), Milwaukee (Horizon), North Texas (Sun Belt), Oakland (Summit), San Diego State (Mt. West), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), Tennessee-Martin (Ohio Valley) and Utah State (Western Athletic) … three teams – Florida Gulf Coast, Milwaukee and Utah State – hold the rare distinction of winning their conference tournaments as the #1 seed in both 2011 and 2012.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNERS (27): Two-thirds (19-of-27) of the recently-completed conference tournament were won by either the #1 or #2 seeds … for the second straight year, all but five of the conference tournaments were won by a 1-2-3 seed, plus three #5s, a #6 and an #8 ... 13 won by #1 seeds (listed above) ... six by #2 seeds (Baylor, CS Northridge, Colgate, Illinois State, Ohio State & Radford) ... three by #3 seeds (UCF, LIU-Brooklyn & Loyola-MD) ... three by #5 seeds (Hofstra, Mississippi Valley & Virginia) ... and one each by a #6 seed (Stony Brook) and a #8 seed (Georgia Southern) … in 2011, the average seed of the 27 conference tournament winners was 2.1 and that avg. seed-winning number bumped up slightly (2.3) this season.

NCAA BIDS BY CONFERENCE: 9-Atlantic Coast (ACC) ... 6-Pac-12 & Southeastern (SEC) ... 5-Big Ten ...
4-BIG EAST & WCC ... 3-Big 12 ... 2-Big West, C-USA, MAC & WAC ... 19 one-big leagues.

THE 32 FIRST-WEEK HOST TEAMS include: eight of the nine entrants from the ACC (all but Miami), matching what the ACC garnered in 2011 ... five of the six entrants from the SEC (all but Auburn) … four of the six from the Pac-12 (with exception of Cal & Washington State) … three each from the Big Ten, Big 12 and WCC … two from the BIG EAST … and one each from Conference USA, Mountain West, Patriot League and WAC.

THE 16 SEEDED TEAMS include: six from the ACC (#1 Florida State, #2s North Carolina & Virginia, #3 Duke & Wake Forest, #4 Maryland), repeating the league's seeded goal from 2011 … #1 Stanford and #3 UCLA from the Pac-12 ... a couple from the Big Ten (#1 Penn State and #4 Ohio State) … two entrants from the WCC (#1 BYU and #4 Portland) … and one each from the Mountain West (#1 San Diego State), SEC (#2 Florida), Big 12 (#3 Baylor), BIG EAST (#4 Marquette) ... the 12 teams seeded 1-2-3 include five from the ACC, two Pac-12 and each from the Big Ten, WCC, MWC, SEC and Big 12 … the tournament's top-8 overall seeds (#1s and #2s) feature three from the ACC, one Pac-12, one Big Ten, one WCC, one MWC and one SEC … one year after seeing the ACC dominate the #1 seeds (3), the 2012 top seeds come from four different conferences: Pac-12, Big Ten, WCC and ACC.

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM STREAKS – For the third straight season, each of the teams with the 15-longest active NCAA appearance streaks advanced to the national postseason again this season (see list below), after a trend of disappointments in the 2008 and '09 seasons ... 

The 2009 season wasn't a good year for teams that featured orange as one of their primary colors, as three different programs – Tennessee (8; 2001-08), Texas (8: '01-'08) and Illinois (6; '03-'08) – saw an end to their NCAA Tournament streaks in 2009 that had extended back six or more years. In addition to Texas, another Big 12 Conference team saw its noteworthy streak come to an end in 2009, as Colorado had appeared in each of the previous six NCAA Tournaments (2003-08). Texas and Illinois returned to the NCAAs in 2010 and again in 2011 (along with Tennessee), but Texas again missed the NCAAs this season.

Four years back in 2008, three teams with some of the longest NCAA Tournament appearance streaks in the history of Division I women's soccer – Connecticut (26; 1982-2007), Santa Clara (19; 1989-2007) and Clemson (14; 1994-2007) – had the rare experience of missing the NCAAs, with Clemson (another one of those orange teams) failing to make the NCAA field again in 2009, '10, '11 and '12 (UConn and SCU were NCAA entrants in '09 and '10, with SCU back in 2011 and '01 but UConn naw having missed the NCAAs three times in the past five years).

There are 14 different teams – North Carolina (31), Notre Dame (20), Virginia (19), Texas A&M (18), Penn State (18), Wake Forest (17), UCLA (16), Stanford (15), Florida State (13), Portland (13), West Virginia (13), Boston College (10), Duke (10) and Florida (10) – that own acive double-digit NCAA appearance streaks:

Active Streaks of Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances  (D-I women's soccer; as of 2012)
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31 – North Carolina  (1982-2012)
20 – Notre Dame  (1993-2012)
19 – Virginia  (1994-2012)

18 – Penn State  (1995-2012)
18 – Texas A&M  (1995-2012)

17 – Wake Forest  (1996-2012)
16 – UCLA  (1997-2012)
15 – Stanford  (1998-2012)

13 – Florida State  (2000-12)
13 – Portland  (2000-12)
13 – West Virginia  (2000-12)          

10 – Boston College  (2003-12)
10 – Duke  (2003-12)
10 – Florida  (2003-12)
9 – California  (2004-12)

Other all-time NCAA Tournament appearance streaks (7-plus; for teams not in 2012 field)

26 – Connecticut  (1982-2007)
19 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
13 – William & Mary  (1992-2004)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)

8 – Colorado College  (1984-91)
8 – UMass  (1982-89)
8 – Michigan  (1997-2004)
8 – North Carolina State  (1985-92)

7 – BYU  (1997-2003)
7 – UMass  (1991-97)
7 – William & Mary  (1984-90)

(note: as of 2011, there have been 19 all-time double-digit NCAA appearance streaks)

FAMILIAR FACES – The 2012 NCAA Tournament field includes 16 of the 18 programs (all but Connecticut and William & Mary) that have made the most all-time NCAA appearances. The top-20 teams in terms of all-time NCAA appearances include 17 that have qualified for the 2012 NCAAs … see lists below for rundown of all teams with 10-plus all-time NCAA appearances (also, full NCAA history listings for all 64 of the 2012 entrants are included below):

All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (bolded teams are in the 2012 NCAAs; DI women's soccer; as of 2012)
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31 – North Carolina  (1982-2012)
28 – Connecticut  (1982-2007 ... '09-'10)
25 – Virginia  (1987-92 ... 1994-2012)
24 – William & Mary  (1984-90 ... 1992-2004 ... '06-'08 ... '11)

23 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007 ... '09-'12)
22 – Stanford  (1990-96 ... 1998-2012)

20 – California  (1983-84 ... '86-'88 ... '93 ... 1998-2002 ... '04-'12)
20 – Notre Dame  (1993-2012)
20 – Portland  (1992-98 ... 2000-12)

19 – Duke  (1992-97 ... 1999-2001 ... '03-'12)
18 – Penn State  (1995-2012)
18 – Texas A&M  (1995-2012)

17 – Wisconsin  (1985-88, '91 ... '93-'96 ... '98 ... 2000 ... '02, '04, '05 ... '09-'10, '12)
17 – UCLA  (1995, 1997-2012)
17 – Central Florida  (1982 ... '84 ... '87-'88 ... '91 ... '98-'99 ... 2001-04 ... '07-'12)
17 – Wake Forest  (1996-2012)

16 – 
Boston College  (1982-85 ... '99 … 2001 ... '03-'12)
16 – 
Florida  (1996-2001 ... '03-'12)
15 – UMass  (1982-89 ... '91-'97)
14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)
14 – BYU  (1997-2003 ... '05-'10 ... '12)

13 – Harvard  (1982-84 ... '94-'96 ... 2001-04 ... '08-'09 ... '11)
13 – Hartford  (1989-92 ... '94-'95 ... 1997-2002 ... '06)
13 – 
Florida State  (2000-12)
13 – 
West Virginia  (2000-12)
13 – 
Maryland  (1995-99 ... 2001-04 ... '09-'12)

12 – San Diego  (1996 ... 1999-2004 ... '07-'11)
12 – USC  (1998-2003 ... '05-'10)
12 – SMU  (1990 ... '92-'93 ... '95 ... '97 ... '99 ... 2001-06)
12 – Washington (1994-96 ... '98 ... 2000-01 ... '03-'04 ... '08-'10 ... '12)

11 – George Mason  (1982-86 ... '88-'89 ... '93 ... '94 ... '96 ... '97)
11 – North Carolina State  (1985-92 ... '94-'96)
11 – 
Auburn  (2001-04 ... '06-'12)
11 – 
Illinois  (2000-01 ... '03-'08 ... '10-'12)
11 – 
Marquette  (1999-2002 ... '05-'06 ... '08-'12)  
10 – Michigan  (1997-2004 ... '06 ... '10 ... '12)

10 – Boston University  (2001-01 ... '03 ... '05-'11)
10 – Texas
 (2001-08 ... '10-'11)
10 – Dartmouth  (1993-94 ... '96 ... 1998-2003 ... '05)
10 – James Madison  (1995-99 ... 2002 ... '04 ... '07-'08 ... '10)
10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)
10 – 
Milwaukee  (1997 ... 2001-02 ... '05-'06 ... '08-'12)
10 – 
Tennessee  (2001-08 … '11-'12)
10 – 
Colorado College  (1984-91 … 2006 ... '12)
10 –
Princeton (1982-83 … 1999-2004 … '08 … '12)  

bold = teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament

Other 2012 NCAA Entrants (all-time NCAA appearances) ... 

9 – Kentucky  (1995-96 … '98-'99 ... 2001-02 ... '06 ... '11-'12)

8 – Ohio State  (2002-04 ... '07 ... '09-'12) … Denver (2001-03 … '06-'09 … '12)

7 – Oakland  (2001-03 ... '06-'07 ... '11-'12) ... Pepperdine  (2001-05 ... '11-'12)
... Washington State  (1994 ... 2000 ... '02, '08-'09, '11-'12) … Loyola, MD (2001-04 … '07 … '09 … '12)
Rutgers (1987 … 2001 … '03 … '06 … '08-'09 … '12)

6 – Radford  (1985 ... '98 ... 2002 ... '08 ... '11-'12) ... Virginia Tech  (2004 ... '08-'12)
Arizona State (2000 … '02-'03 … '09-'10 … '12) … Colgate (1997-99 … 2004 … '09 … '12)

5 – Miami  (2001 ... '07-'08 ... '11-'12) … Idaho State (2001-03 … '06 … '12)
Missouri (1999 … 2003 … '07-'08 … '12)

4 – Baylor  (1998-99 … 2011-12) ... Illinois State  (2003 ... '09 ... '11-'12) ... Long Beach State  (2008 ... '10-'12)
... Long Island  (1999 ... 2006 ... '11-'12) … Miami Ohio (2000-02 … '12) … San Diego State (1998-99 … 2009 … '12)
Hofstra (2005 … '07 … '10 … '12) 

3 – Mississippi Valley State (2005 … '08 … '12) … Central Michigan (2009-10 … '12) 
Stephen F. Austin (2003 … '07 … '12) … North Texas (2004-05 … '12) … Georgetown (2007 ... '10 ... '12)

2 – Florida Gulf Coast (2011-12) … La Salle (2011-12) … Tennessee-Martin (2011-12) … Utah State (2011-12)

Four teams will be making their NCAA Tournament debut – Cal State Northridge, Georgia Southern, Stony Brook and Texas Tech.

WELCOME BACK – Eight DI women's soccer teams have returned to the NCAAs after missing the tournament for gaps of 3-plus years:

• Miami, Ohio … back in NCAAs for first time since 2002

• North Texas … back in NCAAs for first time since 2005

• Colorado College & Idaho State … back in NCAAs for first time since 2006

• Stephen F. Austin … back in NCAAs for first time since 2007

• Mississippi Valley State, Missouri & Princeton … back in NCAAs for first time since 2008

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