CS360's NCAA Women's Soccer History Notebook (2012; v3) ... 

College Soccer 360 presents ...
2012 Division I Women's Soccer
NCAA Tournament History Notebook (Update #3)
(Nov. 28, 2012)


By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)
note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com 
(please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... 
this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs


You have two options in reviewing this extensive and exclusive historical archive:

(1) Scroll down on this page through sections 1-7, or ...

(2) Click on these direct links (being added) to view each section as individual pages

SECTION 1 – Top teams of the century and during the past four seasons (winningest senior classes) & more
SECTION 2 – Winningest teams in NCAA Tournament history, etc.
SECTION 3 – NCAA College Cup Final Weekend History & Notes (can be skipped over at present)
SECTION 4 – NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal History & Notes
SECTION 5 – NCAA Tournament Seeding History & Misc. Notes
SECTION 6 – NCAA Tournament Round-of-16 History & Notes
SECTION 7 – NCAA Tournament Qualification & Early Rounds


SECTION 1 – TOP TEAMS of the CENTURY
& PAST FOUR SEASONS


Winningest Division I Programs of the Century (2000-12)
(records listed are 2000 ... 2001, etc., as of 11/28/12; prior to 2012 NCAA semifinals)

275-30-18 – *NORTH CAROLINA  (.879; 21.2 wins per season)
21-3-0 ... 24-1-0 ... 21-2-4 ... 27-0-0 ... 20-1-2 ... 23-1-1 ... 27-1-0 ... 19-4-1 ... 25-1-2 ... 23-3-1 ... 19-3-2 ... 13-5-2 … 13-5-3  

268-45-15 – NOTRE DAME  (.840; 20.6 wins per season) 
23-1-1 ...17-2-1 ... 13-8-0 ... 20-3-1 ... 25-1-1 ... 22-3-0 ... 25-1-1 ... 19-5-2 ... 26-1-0 ... 21-4-1 ... 21-2-2 ... 10-8-3 … 15-6-2  

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248-44-20 – UCLA  (.827; 19.1 wins per season)
19-4-1 ... 20-3-0 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-3 ... 18-7-0 ... 22-2-2 ... 
21-4-0 ... 20-2-2 ... 22-1-2 ... 21-3-1 ... 13-8-2 ... 16-1-5 … 18-3-2  

240-56-19 – *PENN STATE  (.792; 18.5 wins per season)
22-3-1 ... 21-4-1 ... 19-3-1 ... 19-3-3 ...19-3-1 ... 23-0-2 …
18-5-3 ... 18-4-2 ... 16-8-0 ... 13-6-2 ... 11-9-1 ... 21-5-0 …  20-3-2

230-47-20 – PORTLAND  (.808; 17.7 wins per season)
18-4-1 ... 19-4-0 ... 18-4-3 ... 18-3-2 ... 19-4-0 ... 23-0-2 ...
17-4-3 ... 18-4-0 ... 20-2-0 ... 21-2-0 ... 19-1-2 ... 9-10-2 … 11-5-5

(note – this list to be expanded after the 2012 season to include more teams, some listed below)


NITTANY LIONS #4 – Recent Penn State player Emma Thompson 
and her 2011 teammates helped push the Penn State program (now 240 wins, from 2000-12) ahead of Portland (now 230) during the 2011 season, into the #4 spot among D-I women's soccer's winningest programs of the 21st century.

Note: All of the five teams listed above advanced to the 2012 NCAA second round (Portland lost; other four were in quarterfinals, where ND & UCLA lost).

Other programs of note ...   
(century win pct., 2000-12; not necessarily national rank … * – 2012 NCAA semifinal team):

227-48-23 – *STANFORD  (.800; 17.5 wins per season)
14-6-1 ... 15-4-2 ... 21-2-0 ... 10-9-2 ... 13-6-3 ... 10-7-3 ... 15-6-2 ... 15-3-5 ... 22-2-1 ... 25-1-0 ... 23-1-2 ... 23-0-1 … 21-1-1

222-70-20 – TEXAS A&M  (.744; 17.1 wins per season)  
18-7-0 ... 17-4-1 ... 20-5-1 ... 13-6-3 ... 18-6-0 ... 18-4-2 ... 17-6-1 ... 18-4-2 ... 18-5-1 ... 15-7-3 ... 15-5-3 ... 16-6-2 … 19-5-1

217-73-24 – *FLORIDA STATE  (.729; 16.7 wins per season)
14-8-2 ... 15-8-1 ... 13-7-3 ... 17-8-1 ... 12-5-3 ... 20-4-1 ... 18-4-4 ... 18-6-3 ... 17-3-3 ... 19-5-1 ... 16-6-1 ... 18-6-1 … 20-3-0

216-72-24 – FLORIDA  (.731;  16.6 wins per season)  
16-8-0 ... 21-4-1 ... 10-10-2 ...19-4-2 ... 16-4-3 ... 13-6-1 ... 14-6-5 ... 17-5-3 ... 19-4-1 ... 16-6-2 ... 19-2-3 ... 17-8-0 … 19-5-1  

191-70-35 – SANTA CLARA  (.704; 14.7 wins per season)
16-7-1 ... 23-2-0 ... 20-5-1 ... 14-4-6 ... 18-5-2 ... 17-5-2 ... 15-5-1 ... 12-6-3 ... 4-11-3 ... 14-7-2 ... 13-7-2 ... 
13-2-6 … 12-4-6


Most 20-Win Seasons Since 2001 (12 seasons; 2001-12; as of 11/28/12)

8 – North Carolina  (all but 2007, '10, '11 and '12)

7 – UCLA  (all but 2002, '04, '10, '11 and '12)

7 – Notre Dame  (2003-06, 2008-10)

6 – Portland  (2001-02, 2004-05, 2008-09)

6 – Stanford  (2002, 2008-12)


Winningest Programs of the 1990s 

North Carolina ... 216-7-3  (.962 ... 21.6 wins per season)

Notre Dame ... 196-27-11  (.861 ... 19.6 wins per season)


Current Four-Year Records in Division I Women's Soccer (top senior classes; 2009-12)
(as of 11/23/12 games; research compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com; 2009 … '10 ... '11 ... '12)
players listed indicate those who have played their entire careers for the respective school

all research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly)
(teams in italics are not in 2012 NCAA semifinals)

(1) .... 94-3-4  (.951) ….... STANFORD  (25-1-0 ... 23-1-2 ... 25-0-1 … 21-1-1)
(4th-Year Players: F-Marjani Hing-Glover; M-Mariah Nogueira; D/F-Courtney Verloo; D/M-Nina Watkins;
D-Rachel Quon, Alina Garciamendez & Madeleine Thompson; G-Lindsay Dickerson & Aly Gleason)

(2) …. 73-21-3  (.768) ..... FLORIDA STATE  (19-5-1 ... 16-6-1 ... 18-7-1 …. 20-3-0)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Tiffany McCarty & Jessica Price; D-Ines Jaurena, Casey Short & Tiana Brockway; 
G-Kelsey Wys)

(3) …. 71-21-6  (.755) ..... Florida  (16-6-2 ... 19-2-3 ... 17-8-0 … 19-5-1)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-McKenzie Barney; M-Holly King & Erika Tymrak; D-Jo Dragotta & Kat. Williamson)

(4) …. 69-16-6  (.791) ….. Denver  (17-6-1 ... 19-2-1 ... 16-5-0 … 17-3-4)
(4th-Year Players: F-Kaitlin Bast & Katy Van Lieshout; M-Kalie Vaugn; G-Lara Campbell & Maria Khan)

(5) .... 68-12-9  (.815) ….. Dayton  (16-1-6 ... 19-3-1 ... 19-4-0 … 14-4-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Colleen Williams ; M/F-Alexis Garcia ; D-Alysha Mallon ; G-Katherine Boone)

......... 68-15-9  (.788) ..... UCLA  (21-3-1 ... 13-8-2 ... 16-1-4 … 18-3-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Zakiya Bywaters; M-Chelsea Cline; D-Lucretia Lee; G-Alana Munger)

......... 68-16-8  (.783) ….. NORTH CAROLINA  (23-3-1 ... 19-3-2 ... 13-5-2 … 13-5-3)       
(4th/5th/6th-Year Players: F-Alyssa Rich & Marina Nesic; M-Amber Brooks, Maria Lubrano, Barley Minton, Ranee Premji & Kristine Welsh-Loveman; D-Megan Brogman; G-Hannah Daly & Adelaide Gay)

...... 68-19-9  (.755) ..... Oklahoma State  (15-7-2 ... 20-4-2 ... 22-2-2 … 11-6-3)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Megan Marchesano; M-Alicia Gray; D-Bethany Fields & Carson Michalowski; 
G-Adriana "AD" Franch & Keely Kippenberger

......... 68-20-8  (.750) ..... Notre Dame  (21-4-1 ... 21-2-2 ... 10-8-3 … 16-6-2)
(4th-Year Players: M-Nicole Borner; D-Jazmin Hall)

(9) .... 67-16-9  (.777) ..... Marquette  (15-5-3 ... 16-5-3 ... 18-4-0 … 18-2-3)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Rachael Sloan; M/F-Lisa Philbin & Rachel Brown; 
M-Ashley Stemmeler & Sam Vicker; M/D-Ally Miller)

(11) .. 65-14-10  (.787) .. BYU  (18-4-2 ... 16-3-3 ... 11-5-3 … 20-2-2)
(4th/5th/6th--Year Players: F-Carlee Payne Holmoe & Amber Wadsworth; F/M-Jessica Ringwood; D-Stacy Batholomew Heap, Ashley Bazzarone, Cami Jensen, Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall & Dana Oldroyd Cassock; G-Erica Owens)

......... 65-23-5  (.726) .... PENN STATE  (13-6-2 ... 11-9-1 ... 21-5-0 … 20-3-2)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Tani Costa; M-Maddy Evans & Christine Nairn; 
D/M-Bri Garcia & Jackie Molina; D-Lexi Marton; G-Kristin Hartmann)

......... 65-23-9  (.716) .... Texas A&M  (15-7-3 ... 15-5-3 ... 16-6-2 … 19-5-1)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Catalina Clavijo & Nora Skelton; M-Chelsea Jones & Beth West; 
D-Lyndsey Gnatzig & Mary Grace Schmidt)

(14) .. 63-20-5  (.744) .... Memphis   (16-7-0 ... 15-4-3 ... 22-1-1 … 10-8-1)
(4th-Year Players: F-Taylor Isenhower; D-Averi Hallman, Christie Kline & Bailey Pembroke)

.........  63-19-8  (.744) ... Central Michigan  (17-4-3 ... 16-5-1 ... 15-3-3 … 15-7-1)
(4th-Year Players: F-Samantha Brenz, Charlese McLemore & Laura Twidle; 
M-Autumn Hawkins & Ashley Mejia; M/D-Bailey Brandon; D-Katie Slaughter; G-Stefanie Turner)

(16) .. 62-20-12 (.723) ... Central Florida (UCF)  (17-5-1 ... 15-5-3 ... 13-5-6 … 17-5-2) 
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Tishia Jewell & Nicolette Radovcic; M-Marleigh Howard & Andrea Rodrigues; 
D-Bianca Joswiak & Kristen Poulton)

(17) .. 61-21-4  (.733) .... Boston Univ.  (14-6-2 ... 16-6-0 ... 19-3-1 … 12-6-1)
(4th-Year Players: M-Brea Hewitt & Megan McGoldrick; D-Jessica Morrow) 

......... 61-24-12  (.691) .. Wake Forest  (16-6-2 ... 13-8-3 ... 18-4-4 … 14-6-3)
(4th-Year Players: F-Shareen Sutherland; M-Ally Berry, Marisa Park & Kristen Meier; 
D-Alisha Woodson & Jackie Logue)

(19) .. 60-21-11  (.712) .. Virginia  (10-6-6 ... 15-5-2 ... 17-5-2 … 18-5-1)
(4th-Year Players: F-Carolina Miller; F/M-Erica Hollenberg; M-Kate Norbo & Julia Roberts; 
D-Morgan Stith; D/F-Emily Carrollo; G-Carrie Wisman)

.......... 60-18-9  (.741) .... Portland  (21-2-0 ... 19-1-2 ... 9-10-2 … 11-5-5)
(4th-Year Players: D-Kendall Johnson & Taylor Brooke)

(21) .. 59-22-8  (.708) ..... Ohio State  (14-4-2 ... 17-5-2 ... 12-9-2 … 16-4-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Tiffany Cameron; M/F-Kendyl Reed; D-Lauren Granberg & Aly Walker; 
G-Jessie Greenberg)

(22) .. 58-23-7  (.699) ... Georgetown  (12-6-2 ... 15-7-2 ... 15-6-0 … 16-4-3)
(4th-Year Players: DM-Christina O'Tousa; D-Claire Magliola; G-Hanna Monson)

......... 58-21-11  (.706) .. Maryland  (14-6-2 ... 18-2-3 ... 12-6-4 … 14-7-2)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Danielle Hubka; M-Domenica Hodak, Olivia Wagner & Becky Kaplan; 
D-Megan Gibbons)

......... 58-25-9  (.679) .... Boston College  (18-4-2 ... 17-7-1 ... 12-6-3 … 11-8-3)
(4th-Year Players: F-Victoria DiMartino; M-Maddie Payne, Kristen Mewis & Alicia Blose; D/M-Morgan Hiler)

(25) .. 57-27-10  (.660) .. South Carolina  (19-4-2 ... 15-6-4 ... 16-7-0 … 7-10-4)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Rae Wilson; D-Dani Henry; G-Alex Holland & Darien Vercillo)

(26) .. 56-27-11  (.654) .. Duke  (8-9-4 ... 11-8-4 ... 22-4-1 … 15-6-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Kim DeCesare; F/M-Callie Simpkins; M-Nicole Lipp;
D-Maddy Haller, Libby Jandl & Erin Koballa; G-Tara Campbell)

.......... 56-22-11  (.691) .. West Virginia  (10-7-6 ... 18-5-1 ... 17-5-0 … 11-5-4)
(4th-Year Players: F-Nicolette DeLaurentis; M-Bri Rodriguez & Carolina Szwed; 
D-Bry McCarthy & Mallory Smith)

(28) .. 55-20-5  (.719) .... Stephen F. Austin  (10-8-2 ... 13-5-2 ... 15-3-1 … 17-4-0)
(4th-Year Players: F-Becky Johnson; M/F-Laura Sadler; M-Kylie Louw & Abby Susman; D-Breanne Vernon)

.......... 55-21-9  (.700) .... Navy  (14-5-2 ... 9-8-3 ... 13-6-3 … 19-2-1)
(4th-Year Players: M-Brittany Fruin & Fallon Puppolo; D-Kelsey Learned)

(30) .. 54-23-12  (.674) .. San Diego State  (15-4-5 ... 8-10-3 ... 10-7-3 … 20-2-1)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F/M-Sarah Halverson, Megan Jurardo; Kim Carcich, M-Maris Fraticelli;
D/M-Tiffany Hurst; D-Rachael McGlinchy; G-Megan Allaire)

......... 54-23-9  (.680) .... North Texas  (12-7-2 ... 12-7-2 ... 14-4-3 … 16-5-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Michelle Young; M-Kara Brooks & Carly McDowell)

......... 54-24-7  (.676) .... Milwaukee  (12-6-3 ... 12-7-2 ... 19-3-0 … 11-8-2)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Sammy Vovos; M-Helen Steinhauser & Demi Price; G-Jamie Forbes)

.......... 54-26-5  (.665) ... Miami Ohio  (12-8-1 ... 13-7-2 ... 9-8-1 … 20-3-1)
(4th-Year Players: F/M Jess Kodiak and M Kelly Sullivan)

......... 54-23-8  (.682) .... Oregon State  (14-8-1 ... 16-4-1 ... 13-5-3 … 11-6-3)
(4th-Year Players: F-Chelsea Buckland; M-Lindsay Meiggs & Megan Miller; 
D-Kaie Gleffe, Justyne Freud & Milan Cabrera)

(35) .. 54-22-11  (.684) .. UC Irvine  (12-7-2 ... 19-3-2 ... 14-4-3 … 9-8-4)
(4th-Year Players: F/M-Mar Rodriguez & Dana Sanderlin; M-Devon Delarosa & Jackie Samis; 
G-Virginia Oroco)

(36) .. 53-18-15  (.703) ... Baylor  (8-6-5 ... 11-7-2 ... 15-4-3 … 18-1-5)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Dane Larsen; F/M-Michelle Hagen; M-Hanna Gilmore, Lisa Sliwinski; 
D-Carlie Davis; G-Caitlin Fennegan)

.......... 53-24-7  (.673) …. La Salle  (10-8-2 ... 11-9-2 ... 15-2-3 … 17-5-0)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Leigh Gray; M-Erin Brennan, Jourdan McVicker; D-Diana Allen, Amanda Komarnicki; G-Gabrielle Pakhtigian)

......... 53-22-5  (.694) .... William & Mar (12-7-0 ... 10-7-2 ... 17-3-2 … 14-5-1)
(4th-Year Players: F-Erin Liberatore; M/F-Jackie Blake-Hedges; M-Cortlyn Bristol, Mallory Schaffer 
& Katrina Smedley; M/D-Kiersten Harpe, Carson Scott & Annie Yu; G-Carla Manger)

......... 53-32-3  (.619) ….. Virginia Tech  (16-8-0 ... 10-10-1 ... 14-8-1 … 14-5-1)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Shannon Mayrose; M-Kelly Conheeney, Anne Lumpkin;
D-Julia Goldsworthy, Kelsey Mitchell, Erika Weidman & Amanda Gerhard)

(40) .. 52-20-16  (.682) ... Santa Clara  (14-7-2 ... 13-7-2 ... 13-2-6 … 12-4-6)
(4th-Year Players: M/F-Laura Matheson; M-Meleana Shim & Allie Vernon; D-Olivia Klei)

......... 52-26-3  (.660) ….. UNC Greensboro  (13-7-0 ... 19-2-1 ... 8-10-1 … 12-7-1)
(4th/5h-Year Players: F-Cat Barnekow & Jessi Gulledge; F/M-Lauren Hein; M-Katie Durst & Karin Sendel;
M/F-Nitang Jones; M/D-Christina Chai Chang; D/M-Stephanie Partenheimer; D-Tinna Bergthorsdottir)

(42) .. 51-21-7  (.690) ..... Southeastern Louisiana  (13-5-2 ... 15-3-3 ... 11-6-1 … 12-7-1)
(4th/5th-Year Players: F-Maiya Cooper & Kailey Mills; F/M-Lauren Sillans; M/F-Megan Miller; 
M-Karly Dagys, Kerry McWhirter & Dana Songe; M/D-Sam McNally; G-Lacey Bockhaus & Cassie Northrup)

(43) .. 50-20-12  (.683) ... Samford  (12-1-5 ... 13-6-3 ... 14-6-2 … 11-7-2)
(4th-Year Players: F-Kaley Blanton; D-Adrianne Mancino & Sabbath McKiernan-Allen)

......... 50-26-5  (.648) ..... Hofstra  (10-6-3 ... 19-3-0 ... 10-8-0 … 11-9-2)
(4th/5th-Year Players: D-Brooke Bendernagel & Amanda Heyde; M-Nicki Choffel; G-Kyle Schuster)

all research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly)

TOP ALL-TIME CLASSES – There have been 22 senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (16 for North Carolina; 4 from Notre Dame, plus the 2011 and 2012 Stanford seniors) that have helped their teams post more than 90 wins in their four-year careers. Stanford's 2012 seniors, led by a pair of 4th-year starters – center back Alina Garciamendez and right back Rachel Quon – own a .951 career win pct. (94-3-4) that ranks ninth on this list and they could finish with 96 total wins, which would rank 10th (if Stanford runs the table and wins the NCAA title with six more wins, the resulting .952 win pct. still would be 9th-best all-time). Stanford's 2011 senior class had a 95-4-4 career record (.914).

Two of the senior classes on this list met in the 2010 NCAA semifinals (North Carolina 92-9-4/.895; Notre Dame 91-10-4/.886; combined record 183-19-8/.891) ... one year earlier, those teams also met in Cary, N.C., during the 2008 College Cup final weekend (UNC's '08 seniors entered that game 93-7-4/.914 while ND's seniors were 92-9-3/.899 – for a combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) … two years earlier, the 2006 senior classes for UNC (97-3-3/.956 final record) and ND (92-8-3/.908) were wrapping up similarly impressive careers … the 2008 Tar Heels seniors became the 10th Division I class ever to total 94-plus career wins (along with nine previous UNC classes) … the 2009 UNC seniors also finished with 94 career wins. 

Most Wins By A Division I Women's Soccer Senior Class (1982-2012; 22 total – 16 UNC, 4 ND, 2 Stanford)
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, '97, '99)

98-2-1 (.975) – North Carolina's '95 seniors (1992-95; NCAA champs in 1992, '93, '94)
98-3-1 (.966) – North Carolina's '96 seniors (1993-96; NCAA champs in 1993, '94, '96)

97-1-1 (.985) – UNC'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, '99, 2000)

95-4-4 (.942) – Stanford's 2011 seniors (2008-11; NCAA champs in 2011)

94-3-4 (.951) – STANFORD's 2012 seniors (2009-12; NCAA champs in 2011; TBA in 2012)
94-7-0 (.931) – North Carolina's 2001 seniors (1998-2001; NCAA champs in 1999, 2000)
94-7-4 (.914) – North Carolina's 2008 seniors (2005-08; NCAA champs in 2006, 2008)
94-9-4 (.897) – North Carolina's '09 seniors (2006-09; NCAA champs in 2006, 2008, 2009)

93-1-2 (.979) – UNC'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) – UNC'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)
92-8-3 (.908) – Notre Dame's 2006 seniors (2003-06; NCAA champs in 2004)
92-10-3 (.898) – Notre Dame's 2008 seniors (2005-08)

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)
91-11-4 (.877) – Notre Dame's 2009 seniors (2006-09)

Notes: UNC's 2009 seniors (92-9-4 career record) and ND's seniors (91-10-4) had a combined record of 183-19-8 (.891) when they met in the '09 NCAA semifinals ... UNC's and ND's 2006 senior classes met in the NCAA final (combined 188-10-6 career record/.936 win pct. entering that game) and again in the '08 title game (combined senior-class record of 185-16-7/.906 entering that final) ... UNC and ND's seniors did not face each other in the 1997 NCAAs (ND lost to UConn in the semifinals).

Senior classes that have played in four College Cup final weekends (27 classes)

• UNC (seniors in 1985 through 2003; 19 total classes)

• UCLA  (seniors in 2006, 2007, 2008 and '09; 4 total classes)

• Notre Dame  (seniors in 1997 and 2009; 2 total classes)

• Stanford's (seniors in 2011 and 2012)

• Santa Clara's 1999 seniors

Notes: The Pac-12 is the only conference with two programs on this list. There have been only five semifinal fields – 1986 (UNC & UMass), 1987 (UNC & UMass), 1997 (UNC & ND), 1999 (UNC & SCU) and 2009 (UCLA & ND) – that featured multiple teams each led by a senior class that had advanced to the College Cup final weekend all four seasons in their respective careers (prior to 2009, it had been 10 years since this previously happened) ... three of the four schools with multiple senior classes on this list (UNC-ND-UCLA) all competed in the 2009 NCAA semifinals … Stanford's 2012 seniors have the chance to join this list (the Cardinal lost to UNC in the 2009 NCAA final and Notre Dame in the 2010 title game, before being Duke to win the 2011 NCAA championship).


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SUPER SENIORS ... 
Stanford's 2011 veterans (from left) Teresa Noyola, Camille Levin, Kristy Zurmuhlen and Lindsay Taylor rank among the winningest senior classes in Division I women's soccer history (95-4-4/.941) … they were 75-1-4/.963 in the regular season; NCAA semifinalist in 2008, runner-up in '09 and '10, and 2012 champion.


Notes: The run to the 2011 NCAA title resulted in Stanford's 2011 senior class finishing with the 9th-most career wins (95-4-4) in the 30-year D-I women's soccer history (2012 is 31st season) ... among the 22 seniors classes that now have totaled more than 90 career wins, the 2011 Stanford seniors own the 11th-best win pct. (.941).


SECTION 2 – WINNINGEST TEAMS
IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY

note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs

Best All-Time NCAA Tournament Win Percentages (min. 15 gms)
(updated prior to 2012 NCAA semifinals; bold indicates teams in 2012 NCAA semifinalists)

(1) .923 – North Carolina  (113-8-3; 31st appearance in 2012)
(2) .792 – Notre Dame  (66-17-1; 20th appearance in 2012)
(3) .765 – Florida State  (38-11-2; 13th appearance in 2012)
(4) .758 – UCLA  (47-15-3; 17th appearance in 2012)
(5) .725 – 
Portland  (47-16-6; 20th appearance in 2012)

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SEMINOLES SURGING – Tiffany McCarty has been a key member of a Florida State program that now owns a .765 all-time win pct. (38-11-2) in the NCAA Tournament, trailing only UNC and Notre Dame. 

(6) .685 – Penn State  (36-16-2; 18th appearance in 2012)
(7) .680 – Stanford  (39-17-5; 22nd appearance in 2012)
(8) .664 – Santa Clara  (43-21-3; 23rd appearance in 2012)
(9) .647 – Oklahoma State  (9-4-4; 7th appearance in 2011)
(10) .622 – Florida  (24-14-3; 16th appearance in 2012)

(11) .608 – Nebraska  (15-9-1; 10 yrs)
(12) .589 – Connecticut  (44-28-2; 28 yrs)
(13) .585 – Texas A&M  (26-18-3; 18th appearance in 2012)
(14) .583 – Duke  (25-17-6; 19th appearance in 2012)
(15) .556 – Maryland  (14-11-2; 13th appearance in 2012)


(16) .563 – George Mason  (13-10-1; 11 yrs)
(17) .556 – Ohio State  (9-7-2; 8th appearance in 2012)
(18) .553 – Boston College  (19-15-4; 16th appearance in 2012)
(19) .546 – Michigan  (11-9-2; 10th appearance in 2012)
(20) .540 – USC  (13-11-1; 12 yrs)

(21) .531 – Massachusetts  (17-15-0; 15 yrs)
(22) .527 – Virginia  (27-24-4; 25th appearance in 2012)
(23) .524 – Tennessee  (10-9-2; 9th appearance in 2012)
(23) .524 – Marquette (9-8-4; 11th appearance in 2012)
(25) .520 – Washington  (11-11-2; 12th appearance in 2012)

(26) .500 – Wake Forest (16-16-1; 17th appearance in 2012) 
(26) .500 – BYU (11-11-5; 14th appearance in 2012)
(26) .500 – Colorado College  (10-10-0; 10th appearance in 2012) 
(26) .500 – Minnesota  (7-7-0; 7 yrs)

Other 2012 NCAA entrants (all-time NCAA Tournament win pct.; updated prior to 2012 semifinals): 
Arizona State 3-5-1 … Auburn 6-11-0 ... Baylor 3-3-1 … California 14-21-1 ... Central Florida 14-17-2 …
Central Michigan 1-3-0 … Colgate 1-6-0 … Denver 3-8-0 ... Florida Gulf Coast 0-2-0 … Georgetown 3-3-1 …
Hofstra 2-4-0 … Idaho State 0-5-1 … Illinois 10-11-2 … Illinois State 0-4-0 … Kentucky 1-9-0 ... La Salle 0-2-0 …
Long Beach State 3-4-0 ... Long Island 0-4-0 … Loyola (MD) 0-8-0 … Miami (FL) 1-5-0 … Miami (OH) 3-4-0 … Milwaukee 1-10-2 … Mississippi Valley State 0-3-0 ... Missouri 2-3-3 … North Texas 0-3-0 … Oakland 0-7-1 ... Pepperdine 6-7-0 … Princeton 7-10-0 ... Radford 0-6-0 … Rutgers 6-6-3 … San Diego State 4-4-0 … S.F. Austin 0-3-0 ... Tennessee-Martin 0-2-0 … Virginia Tech 4-6-0 ... Utah State 0-2-0 … Washington St. 2-6-2 … West Virginia 12-13-0 … Wisconsin 13-16-2

... first-time NCAA entrants (all but Texas Tech lost in 1st-rd): Cal State Northridge, Georgia Southern, Stony Brook & Texas Tech (1-1-0)

Note: 14 of the teams listed above were looking for their first NCAA Tournament win in 2012 (two won 1st-rd games: Kentucky and Texas Tech, while Oakland advanced for first time, now 0-6-1)


All-Time NCAA Tournament Victories
(updated prior to 2012 NCAA semifinals; bold indicates teams still in 2012 NCAAs)
(1) .... 113 – 
North Carolina  (31st appearance in 2012)
(2) .... 62 – Notre Dame  (20th appearance in 2012)
(3) .... 47 – Portland  (20th appearance in 2012)
(4) .... 47 – UCLA  (17th appearance in 2012)
(5) .... 44 – Connecticut  (28 yrs)
(6) .... 43 – Santa Clara  (23rd appearance in 2012)

(7) .... 38 – Florida State  (13th appearance in 2012)
(8) .... 37 – Stanford  (22nd appearance in 2012)
(9) .... 36 – Penn State  (18th appearance in 2012)
(10) .. 27 – Virginia  (23rd appearance in 2012)
(11) .. 28 – Texas A&M  (18th appearance in 2012)
(12) .. 24 – Florida  (16th appearance in 2012)
(13) .. 24 – Duke  (19th appearance in 2012)

Notes: Only six teams among the 13 on this list reached the 2011 NCAA round-of-16 (#2-#7 all were eliminated early or, in the case of UConn, did not even qualify for the 2011 NCAA field)

NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship Titles (1982-2011)
20 – North Carolina (1982-84, 1986-94, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009)
3 – Notre Dame  (1995, 2004, 2010)
2 – Portland  (2002, 2005)
1 – George Mason  (1985)
1 – Florida  (1998)
1 – Santa Clara  (2001)
1 – Southern California  (2007)
1 – Stanford  (2012)

Notes: The 2011 NCAAs were the first time since 1995 (when UNC & GMU were the only former champs) that there were not multiple former champions in the NCAA round-of-16 ... George Mason and USC did not make the 2011 NCAA field while Notre Dame and Santa Clara were eliminated in the first round, then UCLA, Florida and Portland bowed out in the second round (leaving UNC as the only former champion in the 2011 rd-of-16) ... 2011 was the first time UNC and ND did not reach the quarterfinals (final-8) in same season ... in the 26 years since GMU won the 1985 titles, there have been only six seasons without multiple former champs in the round-of-16: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and now 2011.


SECTION 3 – NCAA COLLEGE CUP
FINAL WEEKEND HISTORY & NOTES

note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs

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 (left) led Notre Dame to a rare feat in 2010, winning games on the road in the round-of-16 and quarterfinals to reach the College Cup's final weekend ... the Irish, making their fifth straight appearance in the semifinal/final weekend, went to to the win the 2010 NCAA title ... 11 months later, ND suffered an NCAA first-round loss at Illinois (1-0) – becoming the first defending champ ever to lose before the NCAA round-of-32.


WE'RE #1 (so are we ...) With Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest and Florida State all reaching the 2011 College Cup's final weekend, it marked only the second times since 1997 (but second time in past four seasons) that each of the top-4 national seeds have held form and reached the NCAA semifinals (still could happen in 2012) ... in 2008, it was North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA comprising that elite final foursome … North Carolina's recent quarterfinal win at BYU meant only three of the top-4 seeds have reached the 2012 College Cup final weekend.

BEEN A WHILE – Unseeded teams Central Florida (0-3 at Wake Forest) and Long Beach State (0-2 at Duke) both came up one win shy of reaching the 2011 College Cup's final weekend, marking the eighth straight season that all of the semifinalists have come from the 16 nationally-seeded teams (unseeded Connecticut was among the final-four teams in 2003; unseeded  Notre Dame ended one win game of the 2012 semifinals).

LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS – The 2008 season marked the first time since 1997 that each of the top-4 seeds advanced to the NCAA semifinals (UNC, ND, Stanford and UCLA) ... those four teams returned to the semifinals in 2009 (three of them as top seeds: Stanford, UNC and UCLA) ... the four top seeds in 2011 also reached the semifinals (Stanford, Duke, Florida State & Wake Forest), matching their #1 seeds (three of the top-4 seeds in 2012 have reached the semifinals).

Top-4 national seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (1997-2012)
(38%, 24 of 64, from 1997-2012)

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

2009 (1) – Florida State (one of four #1s)

2010 – Portland, Maryland and North Carolina (three of four #1s) 

2011 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals

2012 (1) – BYU (one of four #1s)

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


ANNUAL CHART for MATCHING SEED
(top-16 reach round-of-16 ... top-8 reach quarters ... top-4 reach semifinals)

Year – Round of 16 ... Quarterfinals (8) ... Semifinals (4)

2012 – 12 … 5 … 3 (Stanford, Penn State, Florida State)

2011 – 9 ... 6 ... 4 (Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State)

2010 – 10 ... 3 ... 1  (Stanford)

2009 – 12 ... 7 ... 3  (Stanford, UNC, UCLA)

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

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)

2003 – 10 ... 4 ... 2  (UNC, UCLA)

2002 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 1  (UNC)

2001 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 3  (UNC, Santa Clara, Portland)

Avg. – 11.2 in round-of-16 ('03-'12) ... 5.2 in quarters (‘01–’12) ... 2.3 in semifinals ('01–’12) 

Note – Only 9-of-16 seeds reached 2011 round-of-16 (fewest since tourney went to 16 seeds in '03), then 12 in '12


Seeds of College Cup Final-Weekend Participants (semifinalists; from 2001-2012)

Seeds 1-4 ... 28 (includes recent system of four #1s) ... outside top-4 seeds: 20

Seeds 5-8  11

Seeds 9-12  3

Seeds 13-16  

* Others ... 2 (Penn State '02 and Connecticut in '03 … 2012 TBA-Notre Dame)

Notes: Penn State reached the semifinals in 2002 but was not seeded (there were only eight seeds in ’02) … in 2003, unseeded 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)

Active streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend   
5 – Stanford (2008-12)
2 – Florida State (2011-12)
Note: Notre Dame's run of five straight trips to the NCAA semifinals (2006-10) ended in the 2011 first round (0-1 at Illinois) ... UCLA’s string of seven straight semifinal appearances (2003-09) ended in the 2010 round-of-16

All-time streaks of reaching College Cup final weekend (semifinals; thru 2012)
21 – North Carolina (1982-2003)
7 – UCLA (2003-09) 
5 – Stanford (2008-12), Notre Dame (2006-10) and UMass (1983-87)
4 – Santa Clara (1996-99) and Notre Dame (1994-97) 
3 – Florida State ('05-'07), Portland (2000-02 & '94-'96), Colorado College ('89-'91) and Connecticut ('82-'84)

Note: Stanford joined UNC, UCLA, ND, UMass and Santa Clara as the sixth program every to have a senior class go to the final weekend four straight years (now back-to-back Cardinal senior classes have done so)


Most Trips to the NCAA College Cup Final Weekend
 (semifinals);  '82-'12 (301 yrs)
27 teams have advanced to the NCAA semifinals, in the 31-yr history of the tournament; bold–2012 NCAA semifinalists 

26 – North Carolina  (1982-2003 ... 2006 ... 2008-09 … 2012) 
12 – Notre Dame  (1994-97 ... 1999-2000 ... 2004 ... 2006-10) 
10 – Santa Clara  (1989-90 ... 1992 ... 1996-99 ... 2001-02 ... 2004) 
8 – UCLA  (2000 ... 2003-09)
8 – Portland  (1994-96 ... 1998 ... 2000-02 ... 2005) 
7 – Connecticut  (1982-84 ... 1990 ... 1994 ... 1997 ... 2003)
6 – Florida State  (2003 ... 2005-07 … 2011-12) 
6 – Stanford  (1993 ... 2008-12)
6 – UMass  (1983-87 ... 1993)
5 – Colorado College  (1985-96 ... 1989-91)
4 –  Penn State (1999 … 2002 … 2005 … 2012)
4 –  George Mason  (1983 ... 1985-86 ... 1993)

(three for California ’84/’87/’88 ... two each for Duke '92/'11, UCF ’82/’87, Wisconsin ’88/’91, N.C. State ’88/’89 and Florida ’98/’01 ... one each for Wake Forest '11, Missouri-St. Louis ’82, Virginia ’91, Hartford ’92, SMU ’95, Princeton ’04, USC ’07, Boston College ’10 and Ohio State ’10)

Notes: Three of the top-10 teams on this list did not even make the 2011 NCAA field (UConn, UMass, CC), four others were eliminated in the 1st round (ND, SCU) or were knocked out in the 2nd round (UCLA, Portland) ... #1 on list, UNC, elim. rd-of-16 in 2011 … CC returned to the NCAAs in 2012.

SEMIFINALIST REPEAT – The 2009 season remains only the second time in the 31-year history of the D-I women's soccer tournament that the four semifinalists (Stanford, UCLA, UNC and ND) have repeated in the following year ... one has to go all the way back to the mid-1980s to find the only other time that a semifinalist field had returned intact the following year: North Carolina, Colorado College, George Mason and UMass (in 1985 and '86) ... there also have been seven times that three of the four semifinalists have returned to the semi's the next season ... most notably, UNC, ND and Portland were in the 1994 semifinals (with UConn), the '95 semi's (w/ SMU) and again in '96 (w/ Santa Clara) – and there was yet another three-team semifinal repeat the next year in '97 (UNC, ND and SCU, along w/ UConn) ... the other times when three semifinalists have returned the next year are as follows: UNC, UMass and UConn in 1983 (with George Mason) and '84 (w/ Cal); UNC, CC and SCU in 1989 (w/ N.C. St.) and '90 (w/ UConn); UNC, SCU and Portland in 2001 (w/ Florida) and '02 (w/ Penn State); and ND, UCLA and Florida State in 2006 (w/ UNC) and '07 (w/ USC) ... things were nowhere near a "three-peat" of the NCAA semifinalists in 2010, as UNC and UCLA both were eliminated in the round-of-16 (Stanford and ND returned in 2010 as two of the final-four teams remaining) ... Stanford was the only 2010 semifinalist back for the final weekend in 2011 (Stanford, Duke and FSU remain in 2012 quarters).

FANTASTIC FOUR – The four teams in the 2009 Women's College Cup final weekend had a .903 combined winning pct. (87-8-3), a solid number but nothing compared to four teams' 92-2-5 combined record entering the 2008 semifinals (.955) … here are the best combined win pct. ever among the four teams competing in a College Cup final weekend (since 1982):

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 FL (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)

(2012 semifinalists are combined .837; 74-12-6 … Stanford 21-1-1, FSU 20-3-0, PSU 20-3-2, UNC 13-5-3) 

Notes: the 2009 semifinalists had a .903 combined winning pct. (87-8-3; Stanford 24-0-0, UCLA 21-2-1, and UNC/ND both 21-3-1) ... the 1995-98 semifinal fields each are among the best in the tournament's history, but the past 12 years have produced only two comparable elite semifinal groupings (2005 and 2008) ... the 2011 semifinalists had an 80-12-7 combined record (.843). 

WINS & LOSSES
 – The 2009 College Cup quartet entered the final weekend with the fifth-most most combined wins (87) 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), UNC (23-1-2)

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

1998 – 89-3-3 (.953) … UNC (24-0-0), Santa Clara (22-0-1), Fla. (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)

2009 – 87-8-3 (.903) ... Stanford (24-0-0), UCLA (21-2-1), UNC (21-3-1), ND (21-3-1)

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 St (23-0-1), Portland (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St (20-3-1)

1999 – 86-8-2 (.906) … Santa Clara (23-0-0), UNC (22-2-0), Penn St (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)…NotreDame (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), Fla. (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), CenFL (10-0-2), Mo.-St.Louis (15-1-2), NC (17-2-0)

2005 – 4 (86-4-5/.932)…Penn St (23-0-1), Port. (22-0-1), UCLA (21-1-2), Florida St (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)…Calif. (16-0-0), UNC (21-0-1), UMass (19-1-0), Central Fla. (13-4-0),

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


BUSHEL-O-WINS – The 2008 season marked the fifth time that a team had entered the semifinals with 25-plus wins (ND, 25-0-0) and it was the third time since 2003 … 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) and the '08 Irish lost to UNC in the title game (1-2) .. Stanford's 2009 squad was the ninth team ever to enter the NCAA semifinals with 24 or more wins (four have won the title) ... UNC's 1995 squad is the only team ever to enter the semifinals with 24-plus wins and not advance to the title game.


NCAA Semifinalist Fields – 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, 2010
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)


NCAA Semifinalist Fields – teams with 24-plus wins
2 – 1998 (FLUNC), 2006 (UNCND)
1 – 1995 (UNC), 1997 (UNC), 2003 (UNC), 2008 (ND), 2009 (Stanford)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1999, 2000-02, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
(teams in bold won NCAA title … teams in italics were NCAA runner-up)

TWO BIG WIN TOTALS – The 2008 College Cup was the sixth time that two of the semifinalists had 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 went on to win the NCAA title every time except for 1995 (when UNC and SMU both lost in the semifinals) and then again in 2008 (plus '09) ... Stanford (23-0-1) reached the 2011 fnial weekend with 23 wins... 


NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 23-plus wins

2 – 1995 (NC, SMU), '96 (NCND), '97 (NC, ND), '98 (FLNC), '06 (NCND), '08 (NDNC), '09 (STAN, ND)

1 – '91 (NC), '92 (NC), '94 (NC), '99 (SCU), 2000 (ND), '01 (NC), '03 (NC), '04 (ND), '05 (UP), '11 (STAN

0 – 1982-90, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2010

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


FOUR WITH 22 – The 2008 grouping of ND (25-0-0), UNC (23-1-2), UCLA (22-0-2) and Stanford (22-1-1) represented the first time that all four semifinalists had 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 had 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 ... all four of the 2008 semifinalist returned in 2009 (each with 21-plus wins).

NCAA Semifinalist Field – teams with 22-plus wins

4 – 2008 (NDUNC, UCLA, Stanford)

3 – 1997 (UNC, ND, UConn) ... '98 (FloridaUNC, Santa Clara)

2 – 1994 (UNCND) ... '95 (UNC, SMU) ... '96 (UNCND) ... '99 (Santa Clara, UNC) ... 
2005 (Penn State, Portland) ... '06 (UNCND)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011

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 (NDUNC, UCLA, Stanford) ... 2009 (Stanford, UCLA, UNC, ND)

3 – '97 (UNC, ND, UConn) ... '98 (FloridaUNC, Santa Clara) ... '99 (SCU, UNC, Penn St.) 
... '01 (UNC, Florida, SCU) ... '05 (Penn St., PortlandUCLA) ... '06 (UNCND, UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011 (Stanford, Duke)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011

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 (NC, FL, SCU, UP) ... 2005 (Penn State, PortlandUCLA, Florida State) ... 2008 (ND,UNC, UCLA, Stanford) ... 
2009 (Stanford, UCLA, UNCND)

3 – 1998 (FloridaUNC, Santa Clara) ... 2006 (UNCND, UCLA) … 2012 (Stanford, FSU, PSU)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2011 (Stanford, Duke)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990

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


UNBEATEN TITLE HOPEFUL – In the first 31 years of the NCAA Chamionship ('82-'12), there now have been 33 teams (roughly one per year, 1.1) that have entered the College Cup final weekend/semifinals without a loss (including Stanford in 2009, '10 and '11, along with ND and UCLA in 2008) … those 33 teams include 13 from UNC, five from ND and three each from Santa Clara, Portland and Stanford (plus one from UCF, UConn, UMass, Cal, Penn State and UCLA) … eight teams in the past eight years have entered the semifinals without a loss (Portland and PSU in 2005; ND in '06; ND/UCLA in '08; Stanford in '09, ’10 and '11) ... Stanford was 23-0-1 prior to the 2011 NCAA semifinals and went on to win the title. 

Teams that have entered College Cup final weekend/semifinals without loss (33)

• 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: '94 (22-0-1), '97 (23-0-1), 2000 (23-0-1), '06 (24-0-1), '08 (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)

• Three Stanford teams: 2009 (24-0-0), 2010 (22-0-2) and 2011 (23-0-1)

• 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 semifinal 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 – three of them coming in the past 10 years (1983, 2002, 2004, 2007)

GREAT GAMES – Both of the 2008 NCAA semifinal games rated 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 season with both of its semifinal games listed below) ... the 2009 Stanford/UCLA semifinal ranked seventh on this top-10 list (which includes three games involving UNC, three involving Portland and three with UCLA):

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) ... UNC won NCAA title

.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

.948 – 2009  (45-2-1 ... Stanford 24-0-0 ... UCLA 21-2-0) … 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) ... UNC won NCAA title

team in italics won/advanced (five of those 10 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) ... UNC won NCAA title

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

45-2-1/.948 – 2009  (Stanford 24-0-0 ... UCLA 21-2-0) … UNC won NCAA titlle

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

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 (six of those nine then went on to win the NCAA title)

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES – The impressive combined record of the 2008 NCAA semifinal field (and again in '09) was all the more striking when considering that – only one year earlier ('07) – 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) ... after the blockbuster semifinal fields of 2008 and ’09, the 2010 final foursome owned a combined win pct. of only .835 (75-12-7) – tied for the 4th-lowest combined win pct. and tied for the 5th-most combined losses in any NCAA semifinal field, with the 2011 semifinalist field ranking 6th on this list (.843).


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

1989 – .813 (66-14-3)  ... NC State (15-7-2), Santa Clara (14-4-0), Coloradi Coll (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)

2010 – .835 (75-12-7) … Stanford (22-0-2), Notre Dame (19-2-2), Ohio State (17-4-2), BC (17-6-1)

2012 – .837 (74-12-6) ... Stanford (21-1-1), Florida State (20-3-0), Penn State (20-3-2), North Carolina (13-5-3)

2011 – .843 (80-12-7) ... Stanford (23-0-1), Duke (21-2-1), Wake Forest (18-3-4), Florida State (18-6-1)

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), NC 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 (prior to 2011)

1989 –14 (66-14-3/.813) ... NC State (15-7-2), SantaClara (14-4-0), Colorado College (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)

2010 – 12 (75-12-7/.835 ) … Stanford (22-0-2), Notre Dame (19-2-2), Ohio State (17-4-2), BC (17-6-1)

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

2012 – 12 (74-12-6/.837) ... Stanford (21-1-1), Florida State (20-3-0), Penn State (20-3-2), North Carolina (13-5-3)

2011 – 12 (80-12-7/.843) ... Stanford (23-0-1), Duke (21-2-1), Wake Forest (18-3-4), Florida State (18-6-1)

1990– 10 (66-10-5/.846) … UConn (14-7-1), Colorado College (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 TITLE-GAME MATCHUPS

Best combined win pct. of teams in an NCAA title game (prior to 2012)

1987 – .966 (42-1-1 … UNC 22-0-1, UMass 20-1-0)

2006 – .963 (51-1-2 … UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-1)

2008 – .962 (50-1-2 … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)

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)

(Stanford, 24-0-1, and Duke, 22-3-1, entered the 2011 NCAA final with a .930 combined win pct. …
If Stanford & FSU both win their 2012 semifinals, their resulting combined win pct. for title game would be .906; 43-4-1)


Most combined wins in an NCAA title game (prior to 2012) –
Stanford (24-0-1) and Duke (22-3-1) entered the 2011 NCAA final with 46 combined wins, representing one of the top title-game matchups of the 21st century … North Carolina and Notre Dame had 51 combined wins entering the 2006 final and 50 combined wins prior to their 2008 title-game clash, while Stanford & UNC had combined for 47 wins entering the 2009 NCAA final (a potential Stanford matchup vs. FSU or PSU in the 2012 NCAA final would result in 43 combined wins among the finalists, assuming both teams advance via wins and not a tie/PK shootout). 

2006 – 51-1-2 (UNC 26-1-1, ND 25-0-1)

1998 – 50-1-0 (UNC 25-0-0, Florida 25-1-0)

2008 – 50-1-2 (.962) … ND 26-0-0, UNC 24-1-2)

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)

2009 – 47-3-1 (Stanford 25-0-0, UNC 22-3-1)

2001 – 46-2-0 (UNC 24-0-0, SCU 22-2-0)

2011 – 46-3-1 (Stanford 24-0-1, Duke 22-3-1)

2005 – 44-1-4 (Portland 22-0-2, UCLA 22-1-2)

1999 – 44-5-1 (UNC 23-2-0, ND 21-3-1)


Lowest combined win pct. of teams in NCAA title game (prior to 2012)

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 CHAMPS – Regardless of who won the 2011 NCAA title, it was going to be the fifth different champion over the past seven seasons (2005-11; Portland '05, UNC '06/'08/'09, USC '07, ND '10, Stanford '11) and it ended up being the fifth different national champion over a six-year stretch … prior to USC's championship in 2007, there never had been four different NCAA champions in a four-year span … on the flip side, Stanford in 2012 while be attempting to become only the second repeat champion since 2000 (UNC won back-to-back titles in 1999-2000 and again in 2008-09) and the only team other than North Carolina to win consecutive titles (UNC also won consecutive NCAA titles from 1982-94, '86-'94 and '96-'97) … if Florida State or Penn State  win the 2012 NCAA title, that will give us six different champions over the past seven years (also Portland, UNC, USC, ND & Stanford).


CONFERENCE CALL – 2011 marked the first time that three teams from the same conference (ACC; Duke, Florida State and Wake Forest) reached the College Cup's final weekend ... there still have been only three matchups that have pitted women's soccer teams from the same conference in the NCAA Division I title game (only once since 1992; could've happened in 2011 if Florida State beat Stanford in the semifinals) – with a potential FSU-UNC title matchup in 2012 ... as noted below, conference matchups in the semifinals also have been quite rare (particularly prior to 2007) ... the nine total games listed below include five involving ACC teams (two with Pac-10 teams; one each WCC and BIG EAST):


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)

note: 2012 possibility: UNC vs. FSU

Teams from the same conference to play in an NCAA semifinal
1989 – North Carolina 2, N.C. State 0  (Atlantic Coast Conference)
1991 – North Carolina 5, Virginia 1  (ACC)
1997 – Connecticut 2, Notre Dame 1  (BIG EAST)
2007 – USC 2, UCLA 1  (Pacific-10)
2009 – Stanford 2, UCLA 1 (OT)  (Pacific-10)
2011 – Duke 4, Wake Forest 1  (ACC)


Most NCAA Title-Game Appearances
1982-2011 (30 years; prior to 2012)
23 – North Carolina
8 – Notre Dame
4 – Connecticut
3 – George Mason, Portland, UCLA and Stanford

(two trips each for Colorado College, Santa Clara and Duke ... one each for UCF, UMass, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Florida, Florida State and USC)  2012 semifinal teams in bold


Most Wins in a Season (1982-2011 ... prior to 2012 NCAA second round)
27 – North Carolina (27-0-1 in 1997; 27-0-0 in 2003; 27-1-0 in 2006)
26 – Florida (26-1-0 in 1998) and Notre Dame (26-1-0 in 2008)

Teams with 25 wins have included UNC in 1992, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98 and '08; ND in ’04 and ’06; and Stanford in '09 … teams with 24 wins have included UNC in '84, '86, '89, '91, '99 and '01 ... there have been three 27-win teams, five with 26-plus, 15 with 25-plus and 20 with 24 or more wins in a season.


TALL TASK – Stanford in 2009 had the chance 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) … then, in 2011, Stanford won the NCAA title with no losses but one tie (25-0-1), becoming the 11th all-time NCAA champion without a loss (UNC's 2003 team, 27-0-0, is the only other no-loss champion since 1997)

National Champions with Unbeaten/Untied Records
2003 – North Carolina (27-0-0) ... beat Connecticut 6-0
1993 – North Carolina (23-0-0) ... beat George Mason 6-1
1992 – North Carolina (25-0-0) ... beat Duke 9-1
1991 – North Carolina (24-0-0) ... beat Wisconsin 3-1
note: these four teams combined for a 24-2 scoring margin in their titles games

National Champions With No Losses and One Tie
2011 – Stanford (25-1-0)
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 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; 12 teams)

• Stanford's 2009 team (24-0-0) ... runner-up

• Notre Dame's 2008 team (25-0-0) ... runner-up

• Seven North Carolina teams: 1991 (22-0-0; champs), 1992 (23-0-0; champs), 1993 (21-0-0; champs), 1995 (25-0-0; lost in semi's), 1998 (24-0-0; runner-up), 2001 (23-0-0; runner-up) and 2003 (25-0-0; champs)

• Santa Clara's 1999 team (23-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

• California's 1987 team(16-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

• UMass 1985 team (16-0-0) ... lost in semifinals

Notes: four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 (see previous listing above for scores) … the 1985 UMass team lost to George Mason in the semifinals (0-3) ... the 1987 Cal team lost to UNC in the semifinals (0-4) ... UNC's '95 team lost to ND in the semifinals (0-1), the '98 team lost to Florida in the final (0-1), and the '01 team lost to Santa Clara in the final (0-1) ... the '99 SCU team lost to ND in the semifinals (0-1) ... the '08 ND team lost to UNC in the final (1-2), as did the '09 Stanford squad (0-1) ... 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 (15 teams)

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

• 4 Notre Dame 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)

• Stanford's 2011 team (23-0-1)

• 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; and Stanford in 2011) … 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 have included 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)


Teams that have entered the NCAA championship game with “perfect records”
(no losses or ties; 8 teams)

• Stanford's 2009 team (25-0-0) ... runner-up

• Notre Dame's 2008 team (26-0-0) ... runner-up

• Six North Carolina teams: 1991 (23-0-0; champs), 1992 (24-0-0; champs), 1993 (22-0-0; champs), 1998 (25-0-0; runner-up), 2001 (24-0-0; runner-up) and 2003 (26-0-0; champs)

Notes: Four teams listed above went on to win the NCAA title: UNC '91, '92, '93 and '03 (see previous listing above for scores) … UNC's '98 team lost to Florida in the final (0-1), and the '01 team lost to Santa Clara in the final (0-1) ... the '08 ND team lost to UNC in the final (1-2), as did Stanford in '09 (0-1) ... there never have been multiple teams with perfect records in the same title game.


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE SEMIFINALS – During the past 12 seasons (2001-12), dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format (2001), the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 16 total entrants in the semifinals (1.3 per year), followed by 13 from the Pac-10/Pac-12, accounting for 60% of the semifinalists over the past 11 seasons (29 of 48) ... next on that list is the BIG EAST, with seven semifinalists during the 64-team tournament era ('01-'12), followed by the West Coast Conference with six ... the ACC, Pac-10, WCC and BIG EAST have combined to produce 88% of the semifinalist teams (42 of 48) during the past 11 seasons (the others are four Big Ten teams, plus one each from the SEC and Ivy League).

NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001-12  (sorted by conferences)

16 – Atlantic Coast Conference  (UNC 7, Florida State 6, Boston College 1, Duke 1, Wake Forest 1)

13 – Pacific-10/12 Conference  (UCLA 7, Stanford 5, USC 1)

7 – BIG EAST Conference  (ND 6, UConn 1)

6 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 3, Santa Clara 3)

4 – Big Ten Conference  (Penn State 3, Ohio State 1)

1 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida)

1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)


ALL-TIME NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS  (sorted by conferences)

35 – Atlantic Coast Conference  (since '86; UNC 22, FSU 6, Duke 2, NC State 2, UVa 1, BC 1, Wake 1)
18 – West Coast Conference  (Santa Clara 10, Portland 8)
15 – Pacific-10/12 Conference  (since '93; UCLA 8, Stanford 6, USC 1)
14 – BIG EAST Conference  (since '93; ND 11, UConn 3)

5 – Big Ten Conference  (since '94; Penn State 4, Ohio State 1)
2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 2)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – Atlantic-10 Conference  (since '93; UMass 1)
1 – America East Conference  (Hartford)
1 – Colonial Athletic Association  (George Mason)

Notes: UNC made four semifinal appearances before formation of ACC women's soccer ... ND's first semifinal appearance was as a member of the former Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Summit League) ... UConn made four semifinal trips before the formation of BIG EAST women's soccer ... Wisconsin played in two semifinals prior to Big Ten women's soccer affiliation ... UMass made five semifinal appearances before A-10 women's soccer play ... George Mason similarly played in thee other semifinals before CAA w-soccer membership ... Cal's three semifinal trips all camp prior to the 1993 formation of Pac-10 women's soccer ('84, '87, '88) ... three current Conference-USA teams made semifinal appearances before joining the C-USA: Central Florida ('82, '87; New South Women's Athletic Conference), Colorado College ('85, '86, '89-'91; no league) and SMU ('95; Southwestern Conference) ... current D-II team Missouri-St. Louis (now in the Great Lakes Conference) competed in the 1982 semifinal (no league affiliation).


QUARTERFINAL TO SEMIFINAL ADVANCING RATE  (min. 4 semi's)

96.3% – North Carolina  (has advanced from quarters to semifinals 26 of 27 times)
80.0% – Notre Dame  (12 of 15)
80.0% – George Mason (4 of 5)
72.7% – UCLA  (8 of 11)

71.4% – Santa Clara (10 of 14)
71.4% – Colorado College (5 of 7)
66.7% – Stanford (6 of 9)
66.7% – Florida State (6 of 9)

60.0% – UMass (6 of 10)
57.1% – Portland (8 of 14)
50.0% – Penn State  (4 of 8) 
38.9% – Connecticut (7 of 18)

Others
100% – Missouri-St. Louis, SMU and USC  (each 1 of 1)
60% – California  (3 of 5)
50% – UCF, Wisconsin & Florida  (each 2 of 4); Princeton and Wake Forest (both 1 of 2) 
33% – Duke  (2 of 6)
25% – N.C. State  (2 of 8) 
20% – Virginia and Hartford  (each 1 of 5) 

Note: the 2009 semifinalists owned a combined all-time success rate of 85.5% (47 of 55) when it comes to advancing from the quarterfinals to the semifinals


NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001-12  (sorted by conference)

Atlantic Coast Conference  (16 appearances, by 5 teams)
North Carolina (7) ... 2001-03, '06, '08-'09, '12
Florida State (6) ... 2003, '05-'07, '11-'12
Boston College (1) … 2010
Duke (1) … 2011
Wake Forest (1) … 2011

Pacific-10/12 Conference  (13 appearances, by 3 teams)
UCLA (7) ... 2003-09
Stanford (2) ... 2008-12
USC (1) ... 2007


BIG EAST Conference  (7 appearances, by 2 teams)
Notre Dame (6) ... 2004, '06-'10 
Connecticut (1) ... 2003

West Coast Conference  (6 appearances, by 2 teams)
Portland (3) ... 2001-02, '05- 
Santa Clara (3) ... 2001-02, '04

Big Ten Conference  (4 appearances, by 2 teams)
Penn State (2) ... 2002, '05, '12
Ohio State (1) ... 2010

Southeastern Conference  (1 appearances)
Florida (1) ... 2001

Ivy League  (1 appearance)
Princeton (1) .... 2004


Conferences w/ Multiple Semifinalists in One Season (from 2001-12)
3 – ACC (Duke/FSU/Wake)
2 – WCC in 2001 and '02 (SCU/Portland)  ... ACC in 2003, '06 & '12 (all UNC/FSU) ... 
Pac-10 in 2007 (UCLA/USC), '08 and '09 (Stanford/UCLA)
Note: the 2004, '05 and ’10 semifinalists came from four different conferences

Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Semifinals (from 2001-12)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09...’10...'11…'12

ACC ............ 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... 2 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1 ... 1 … 3 … 2

BIG EAST ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... 1 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1 ... 1 … 0 … 0

Pac-10/12 .... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 .... 2 .... 2 ... 2 ... 1 … 1 … 1

WCC ........... 2 ... 2 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 … 0

Big Ten ....... 0 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 … 1

Ivy ............. 1 in 2004

SEC .......... 1 in 2001

2010 ROAD WARRIORS – Notre Dame’s 2010 NCAA tournament road wins at North Carolina (4-1) and Oklahoma State (2-0) marked only the third time in the 29-year history of the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship that a team had posted back-to-back victories on the opponent’s field to reach the NCAA semifinals (ND was one of the four national #4 seeds, UNC was a #1 and OK-State a #3) – something the Irish could have replicated in 2012 after winning in the rd-of-16 at Florida (followed by loss at Florida Stte) ... there essentially have been 176 teams that played on the road in the round before the quarterfinals (initially a “round-of-12” or “round-of-14” with some byes mixed in; now currently round-of-16) and then conceivably could have won on the road in the quarterfinals (many of the teams lost in the round before the quarters) – meaning that only 3-of-176 teams (nearly 1-in-60) that ostensibly could have won back-to-back games on the opponent’s field to reach the NCAA semifinals have pulled off that challenging feat (note that this accomplishment was not possible in ’93 or ’94, due to a “regional” format in the round-of-16, see note below) ... here’s a breakdown of the three teams that have pulled it off:

• In 2000, Portland had a 1st-round bye, then beat Arizona State at home in the 2nd-round (3-1), won 1-0 at #2 overall national seed Washington in the round-of-16 and won on the road again, 1-0 at #7 overall seed Penn State (OT) in the quarterfinals, before losing a 1-0 semifinal to #6 overall seed UCLA (in San Jose) ... note that only eight teams were seeded in 2000 (Portland essentially was a #9-#16 seed, with a 1st-round bye in that 48-team format).

• In 2003, #11 national seed Florida State opened at home with wins over Dartmouth (5-0) and Auburn (2-1; 2 OT), then won a round-of-16 game at #6 national seed West Virginia (3-2; 2 OT) and a 2-1 quarterfinal at #3 national seed Florida, before dropping a 2-0 semifinal to unseeded Connecticut (in Cary, N.C.).

• Most recently, in 2010, eventual national champ Notre Dame (one of four #4 national seeds) opened at home with 1st-/2nd-round wins over New Mexico (3-0) and USC (4-0), then won 4-1 in the round-of-16 at North Carolina (one of four #1 seeds) and 2-0 in the quarterfinals at Oklahoma State (one of four #3s) ... the Irish went on to win a 1-0 semifinal vs. Ohio State (another #3) and edged Stanford (one of the #1 seeds) in a 1-0 title game (final weekend played in Cary, N.C.).

Note that the Portland and FSU teams listed above both needed overtime in one of those lateseason wins ... ND's 6-1 scoring margin in the two wins is significantly higher than Portland's (2-0) and FSU's (5-3) ... all three teams (Portland, FSU and ND) beat the equivalent of a top-4 national seed on the road, with Portland and FSU having a slight edge over ND in the second win (vs. a "#5-#8: seed, while the Irish won at Oklahoma St., which was a "#9-#12").

For a couple years (1993-94), the NCAAs featured the final-16 in a “regional format” (with four teams at one of four sites, similar to the recent 1st/2nd-round setup and now the 2nd/3rd-round configuration) ... two teams in '93 & '94 advanced to the NCAA semifinals during those years by virtue of a neutral-site win and then a win on the opponent's field:

• 1993: George Mason beat Notre Dame 2-1 (at Wisconsin) and then won 3-1 at Wisconsin, before edging Stanford in the semifinals (1-1/PKs; at UNC) and losing a 6-0 title game at North Carolina.

• 1994: Connecticut beat Brown 1-0 (at Hartford) and then won 2-1 in overtime at Hartford, before dropping a 3-0 semifinal vs. UNC (at Portland).


WELCOME TO THE PARTY (partial end to “Usual Suspects”) – When Boston College and Ohio State advanced to the College Cup’s final weekend in 2010, it marked the third season since 1988 (tournament started in ’82) with multiple first-time semifinalist teams (did not happen in 2011 or 2012):

• 1992 – Duke and Hartford made their first semifinal appearances (Duke beat Hartford in a 1-0 semifinal, then lost 9-1 to UNC in the championship game) ... Duke and Hartford have yet to return to the NCAA semifinals (prior to 2-11)

• 1994 – Notre Dame and Portland made their first semifinal appearances (ND beat Portland 1-0 in the semifinals, lost 5-0 to UNC in the title game) ... ND returned to the semifinals in ’95-’97, ’99, 2000, ’04, ’06-’10, while Portland was back in the semi’s in ’95, ’96, ’98, 2000-02, ’05

• 2010 – Boston College (vs. Stanford) and Ohio State (vs. ND) made their first semifinal appearances (both lost)

SOMETHING IN COMMON – Three of the 2010 semifinalists won or tied at North Carolina earlier in that season:
• Aug. 27 – Stanford 2,  at North Carolina 2  (rematch of 2009 NCAA title game)
• Sept. 23 – Boston College 3,  at North Carolina 2
• Nov. 20 – Notre Dame 4,  at North Carolina 1  (NCAA round-of-16)

DOUBLE HEARTBREAK – Stanford, in 2010, joined fellow Pac-10 member UCLA as the only teams ever to lose NCAA title games in consecutive seasons (1-0 finals vs. UNC in 2009 and Notre Dame in '10) – but the third time was the charm in 2011, as the Cardinal beat Duke to win the title ... UCLA was edged by ND in the 2004 NCAA final (1-1; PKs; counts as win/loss when in title game) and then dropped the '05 final vs. Portland (0-4). 


SECTION 4 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
QUARTERFINAL HISTORY & NOTES

... note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ...this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs

Longest active streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals (final-8)
8 – Florida State (2005-12)
Note – Notre Dame's 7-year quarterfinal streak ended early in the 2011 NCAAs (1-0 loss at Illinois, 11/13) ... UCLA's 7-year quarterfinal streak ended in 2010, as did Portland's 5-year streak

All-time streaks of reaching the NCAA quarterfinals (final-8)
22 – North Carolina (1982-2003)
11 – Santa Clara (1995-2005)
8 – Connecticut (1993-2000) and UMass (1982-89)
7 – Notre Dame (1994-2000 & 2004-10), UCLA (2003-09) and N.C. State (1985-91) 
7 – Florida State (2005-11), Portland (2004-09) and Penn State (1998-2003)
5 – Stanford (2008-12)
4 – Portland (1993-96), Stanford (1991-94) and Colorado College (1988-91)

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Amber Brooks (left) is part of a North Carolina program that reached the quarterfinals during each of the first 22 seasons of Division I women's soccer (1982-2003; UNC was eliminated in the round-of-16 four times in eight seasons, '04/'07/'10/'11, back in QFs 2012)

Most All-Time Trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (final-8); 1982-2012 (31 years) 
27 – North Carolina  (all but 2004, '07, '10, '12) 
18 – Connecticut  (1982-84, '86-'87, '90-'91, '93-2000, '02-'03, '07)   
15 – Notre Dame  ('94-'00, '04-'10, '12) 
14 – Santa Clara  ('89-'90, '92, '95-'05)     
14 – Portland  ('93-'96, '98, 2000-02, '04-'09)
11 – UCLA ('97, 2000-01, '03-'09, '12)         
10 – UMass  ('82-'89, '92-'93) and Stanford (1991-94, 2002, '08-'12)     
9 – Florida State ('03, '05-'12) and Penn State ('98-'03, '05-'06, '12) 
8 – N.C. State ('85-'91, '95)    
7 – Colorado College ('84-'86, '88-'91) 
6 – Duke ('92, '94, '07, '08, '11, '12), Virginia ('90-'92, '01, '05, '11) and UC Santa Barbara ('84-'87, '89-'90) 
5 – Hartford ('89, '91-'92, '94, '99), George Mason ('83, '85, '86, '88, '93), William & Mary (''87, '89, '92, '94, '97)
and California ('83, '84, '86-'88) 
4 – UCF ('82, '87-'88, '11), Texas A&M ('01-'02, '06, '08), Florida ('96, '98, '01, '03), Clemson ('97, '99-'00, '06), Wisconsin ('88, '90-'91, '93), Boston College ('83, '85, '09, '10) 

(three trips each for Cortland State 82-83-85, & Harvard 82-84-97 ... two each for Oklahoma State 10-11, Wake Forest 09-11, Princeton 82-04, Brown 83-84, Maryland 95-96, Nebraska 96-99, Ohio State 04-10, Washington 04-10 and BYU 03-12 ... one each Missouri-St. Louis '82, SMU '95, FIU '93, Dartmouth '98, Michigan '02, BYU '03, Illinois '04, West Virginia '07, USC '07, Georgetown '10 & Long Beach State '11     

Notes: BC in 2009 advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1985 ... WFU had failed to reach the quarters in each of its first 13 NCAA appearances ('96-'08).


CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE QUARTERFINALS
 – During the past 12 seasons (2001-12), dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format, the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 29 total entrants in the quarterfinals/final-8 (2.4 per year) ... next on that list is the Pacific-10/12 with 18 quarterfinalists from 2001-12, followed by the West Coast Conference (14), BIG EAST (13), Big Ten (10), Big 12 (6) and Southeastern Conference (2) ... the ACC, Pac-10/12 and WCC combined to produce 64% of the quarterfinalist teams (61 of 96) spanning the 2001-12 seasons ... the top-six conferences on this list – ACC, Pac-10/12, BIG EAST, WCC, Big Ten and Big 12 – combined to produce 94% of the teams in the quarterfinals (90 of 96) from 2001-12.


NCAA QUARTERFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001-12 
 (sorted by conferences)
29 – ACC  (FSU 9, UNC 8, Duke 4, VA 3, BC 2, Wake Forest 2, Clemson 1)
18 – Pac-10/12  (UCLA 9, Stanford 6, Washington 2, USC 1)
14 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 8, Santa Clara 5, BYU 1)
13– BIG EAST  (ND 8, UConn 3, West Virginia 1, Georgetown 1)

9 – Big Ten  (Penn State 6, Illinois 2, Michigan 1, Illinois 1)
6 – Big 12  (Texas A&M 4, Oklahoma State 2)
2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 2)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – Mountain West  (BYU)
1 – Conference USA (UCF)
1 – Big West (Long Beach State)

ROUND-OF-16 TO QUARTERFINAL ADVANCING RATE (2001-12)
• WCC – 73.7%  (14 of 19 round-of-16 teams advanced to quarterfinals)
• Pac-10/12 – 66.7%  (18 of 27)
• ACC – 59.2%  (29 of 49)
• BIG EAST – 50.0% (14 of 26)
• Big Ten – 45.5%  (10 of 22)
• Big 12 – 33.3%  (6 of 18)
• SEC – 15.4%  (2 of 13)
note: in some cases, teams from the same conference have eliminated each other in round-of-16 (on the flip side, such matchups ensured that one team from a conference would advance)


OLD RELIABLES – There have been a total of 34 teams that have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals since 2001, led by these 10 teams:

Teams with the most NCAA quarterfinal appearances from 2001-12
9 – Florida State ... 2003, '05-'12
9 – UCLA ... 2001, '03-'09, '12  
8 – Portland ... 2001-02, '04-'09
8 – North Carolina ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09, '12  
8 – Notre Dame ... 2004-10, '12
6 – Stanford ... 2002, '08-'12
6 – Penn State ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '12  
5 – Santa Clara ... 2001-05
4 – Texas A&M ... 2001-02, '06, '08
4 – Duke ... 2007, '08, '11-'12
3 – Virginia ... 2001, '05, '11
3 – Connecticut ... 2002, '03, '07

Notes: teams with two quarterfinal appearances spanning the 2001-11 seasons include: Boston College, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Washington ... these teams made one quarterfinal appearance from 2001-11: BYU, Clemson, Georgetown, Illinois, Long Beach, Michigan, Princeton, UCF, USC and West Virginia.


Conferences with the most different teams in the NCAA quarterfinals (from 2001-12)
7 teams – Atlantic Coast Conference  (9 in round-of-16)
4 teams – Pacific-10/12 Conference  (7 in round-of-16)
4 teams – BIG EAST Conference  (8 in round-of-16)
3 teams – Big Ten Conference  (8 in round-of-16)

3 teams – West Coast Conference  (3 in round-of-16)
2 team – Big 12 Conference  (6 in round-of-16)
1 team – Southeastern Conference  (3 in round-of-16)
1 team – Ivy League  (3 in round-of-16)
1 team – Mountain West (1 in round-of-16)
1 team – Conference USA (2 in round-of-16
1 team – Big West (2 in round-of-16)

NCAA QUARTERFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001-12  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (29 appearances, by 7 teams)
Florida State (9) ... 2003, '05-'10, '12
North Carolina (8) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09, '12
Duke (4) ... 2007, '08, '11, '12
Virginia
(3) ... 2001, '05, '11
Boston College (2) ... 2009-10 
Wake Forest (2) ... 2009, '11
Clemson (1) ... 2006

Pacific-10/12 Conference  (18 appearances, by 4 teams)
UCLA (9) ... 2001, '03-'09, '12
Stanford (6) ... 2002, '08-'12
Washington (2) ... 2004, '10
USC (1) ... 2007

West Coast Conference  (14 appearances, by 3 teams)
Portland (8) ... 2001-02, '04-'09 
Santa Clara (5) ... 2001-05
BYU (1) ... 2012

BIG EAST Conference  (13 appearances, by 3 teams)
Notre Dame (8) ... 2004-10, '12
Connecticut (3) ... 2002, '03, '07
West Virginia (1) ... 2007
Georgetown (1) .... 2010

Big Ten Conference  (10 appearances, by 4 teams)
Penn State (5) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '12
Ohio State (1) ... 2004, '10
Illinois (1) ... 2004
Michigan (1) ... 2002 

Big 12 Conference  (6 appearances, by 2 teams)
Texas A&M (4) ... 2001-02, '06, '08
Oklahoma State (2) ... 2010, '11

Southeastern Conference  (2 appearances, by 1 team)
Florida (5) ... 2001, '03

Ivy League  (1 appearance)
Princeton (1) ... 2004

Mountain West Conference  (1 appearance)
BYU (1) ... 2003

Conference USA  (1 appearance)
Central Florida (1) ... 2011

Big West  (1 appearance)
Long Beach State (1) ... 2011

Conferences w/ Most Quarterfinalists in One Season (from 2001-11)
4 – ACC in 2009 (UNC, FSU, BC, Wake) and 2011 (Duke, Wake, FSU, UVa)
3 – ACC in 2005, '06, '08 and '12 ... BIG EAST in 2007


Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Quarterfinals (from 2001-12)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09...'10...'11...'12

ACC ............ 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 ... 3 ... 3 .... 2 .... 3 ... 4 ... 2 … 4 … 3

BIG EAST ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 .... 3 .... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 0 … 1

Big 12 ......... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 1 .... 0 .... 1 ... 0 ... 1 ... 1 … 0

Pac-10/12 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 .... 2 .... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 … 2

WCC .......... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 … 1

SEC ........... 1 ... 0 ... 1 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0 ... 0 … 0 … 0

Big Ten ....... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 .... 0 .... 0 ... 0 ... 1 … 0 … 1

Ivy ............. 1 in 2004

Mt-West ..... 1 in 2003

C-USA ....... 1 in 2011

Big West .... 1 in 2011


Number of Conferences Represented in NCAA Quarterfinals (from 2001-11)

2001 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2002 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2003 – 7 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2004 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2005 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2006 – 6 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2007 – 4 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2008 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2009 – 4 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2010 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2011 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

2012 – 5 conferences with teams in quarterfinals

Note: avg. of 5.3 conferences represented in quarterfinals (from 2001-12) ... most conferences represented in one quarterfinal round since 2001 is seven (in '03), fewest is four ('07, '09)


YEARLY NCAA QUARTERFINALISTS  (sorted by conference) 

2001
2 – ACC  (North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – SEC  (Florida)

2002
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – ACC (North Carolina)
1 – Pac-10  (Stanford)
1 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)

2003
2 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut)
1 – SEC  (Florida)
1 – WCC (Santa Clara)
1 – Mt-West  (BYU)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)

2004
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Ohio State)
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, Washington)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)

2005
3 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)

2006
3 – ACC  (Clemson, Florida State. North Carolina)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – Pac-10  UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2007
3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame, West Virginia)
2 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State) 
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, USC)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2008
3 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2009
4 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – WCC  (Portland)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)

2010
2 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, Washington)
2 – BIG EAST (Notre Dame, Georgetown)
1 – Big Ten  (Ohio State)
1 – Big 12  (Oklahoma State)

2011 
4 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, Virginia, Wake Forest)
1 – Big 12  (Oklahoma State)
1 – Big West  (Long Beach State)
1 – Conference USA  (Central Florida)
1 – Pac-12  (Stanford)

2012 
3 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Pac-12  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – BIG EAST (Notre Dame)
1 – Big Ten (Penn State)
1 – WCC (BYU)


THEY MEET AGAIN 
– The 2009 season marked the fourth straight year that Notre Dame and Florida State faced off in the NCAA quarterfinal round or later (ND won 2-1 in the 2006 semifinals, FSU 2-1 in the '07 semifinals, ND 2-0 in the '08 and '09 quarters), with FSU’s loss at Stanford in the 2010 quarterfinals bringing an end to the ND-FSU lateseason streak (the 2012 ND at FSU quarterfinal makes it five late meetings in the past seven years) ... Tallahassee was the fourth different site for an ND-FSU postseason game in those four seasons ('06 in Cary, N.C.; '07 at Texas A&M; '08 at ND; '09 at FSU) ... in the history of the Division I women's soccer tournament (since 1982), there have been only seven times that two teams have battled three (or more) consecutive years with so much on the line (quarterfinals or later) – including Stanford vs. Boston College spanning the past three seasons (all Cardinal wins, see below) ... Portland and UCLA faced each other three straight seasons (2005-07) in the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals or title game – but that rare streak ended in 2008 (they could have met in the '08 final – Portland lost to Stanford in the quarters and UCLA's season ended vs. UNC in the semifinals; UCLA then beat Portland in the '09 quarterfinals) ... the growing ND-FSU postseason rivalry is tied for the longest streak of consecutive quarter/semi/final meetings (tied with UNC vs. N.C. State from 1988-91).


Three-Plus Straight Years Meeting in the NCAA Quarterfinals of Later

• 2006-09 – ND 2, FSU 1 (SF) ... FSU 2, ND 1 (SF) ... ND 2, FSU 0 (QF) ... ND 2, FSU 0 (QF)
• 1988-91 – UNC vs. North Carolina State (final-SF-QF-QF)

• 2009-11 – Stanford 3, BC 1 (QF) ... Stanford 2, BC 0 (SF) ... Stanford 2, BC 0 (QF)
• 2004-07 – UCLA vs. Portland (final-QF-QF)
• 1995-97 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara (QF-SF-SF)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. UNC (final-SF-final)
• 1994-96 – ND vs. Portland (SF-final-SF)

Consecutive-Year Matchups during the College Cup Final Weekend
• 2008-09 – North Carolina vs. Notre Dame
• 2006-07 – Notre Dame vs. Florida State
• 2001-02 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara
• 1996-97 – North Carolina vs. Santa Clara
• 1994-96 – Notre Dame vs. North Carolina  (3 yrs)
• 1994-96 – Notre Dame vs. Portland  (3 yrs)
• 1989-90 – North Carolina vs. Colorado College
• 1985-86 – North Carolina vs. George Mason
• 1985-86 – North Carolina vs. Colorado College



SECTION 5 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
SEED HISTORY & MISC. NOTES

note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs


LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS – The 2008 season marked the first time since 1997 that each of the top-4 seeds advanced to the NCAA semifinals (UNC, ND, Stanford and UCLA) ... those four teams returned to the semifinals in 2009 (three of them as top seeds: Stanford, UNC and UCLA) ... the four top seeds in 2011 also reached the semifinals (Stanford, Duke, Florida State & Wake Forest), matching their seeds, while three have advanced to the final 2012 weekend:

Top-4 seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (1997-2012)
(38%, 24 of 64, from 1997-2012)

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

2009 (1) – Florida State (one of four #1s)

2010 (3) – Portland, Maryland and North Carolina (three of four #1s) 

2011 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals

2012 (1) – BYU (one of four #1s)

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


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  Christine Sinclair (right) – one of the top players in
NCAA women's soccer history – led the Pilots
in a 2002 NCAA quarterfinal battle at #1 Stanford
(Portland advanced in PKs and went on to win the NCAA title)


KNOCKING OFF THE TOP TEAMS – Since 1997, Portland has knocked off a national top-4 seed four different times: won 2-1 at ND in 1998 quarterfinals (Irish were #4 overall seed); won 1-0 at Washington in 2000 round-of-16 (Huskies were #2 overall seed); advanced at Stanford in 2002 NCAA quarterfinals (0-0/PKs; Stanford was #1 overall seed); and won 2-0 at Texas in 2006 round-of-16 (Longhorns were one of four #1s) ... during that same span, Notre Dame has advanced past a national top-4 seed three times: advanced on PKs (0-0) at Nebraska in 1999 quarterfinals (Huskers were #4 national seed); won 3-2 at UNC in 2007 round-of-16 and again in 2010, 4-1 (UNC was one of four #1s both years); and won 2-0 at Florida State in 2009 quarterfinals (Seminoles were one of four #1s) ... Portland and ND have accounted for one-third (8-of-24) of these times when a top-4 national seed has been derailed (since '97) ... two other teams have done it twice: Michigan won 2-0 at Pepperdine in the 2002 round-of-16 and 1-0 at ND in the 2003 second round, while Florida State won 2-1 at Florida in the 2003 quarterfinals and advanced at UNC in the 2005 quarterfinals (1-1/PKs). ... the other 10 teams who have pulled these upsets (since '97) include Hartford, UCLA, Florida, Penn State, Santa Clara, Maryland, Duke, USC, West Virginia, Connecticut, Georgetown and Washington. ... Notre Dame has been at the wrong end of these upsets twice (the aforementioned losses to Portland in '98 and Michigan in '03) ... from 1997-2009, Portland never had lost/failed to advance when placed among top-4 national seeds before being knocked out in the 2010 second round (eliminated by Washington in PKs).

Teams that have upset top-4 national seeds, prior to semifinals (1997-2012)
(25 times, from 1997-2012 … avg. of 1.6 per year upset before semifinals)

1998 – Portland won at Notre Dame (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

1999 – Hartford won at Florida (#3 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

1999 – Notre Dame advanced past Nebraska (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (1-1/PKs)

2000 – Portland won at Washington (#2 overall seed) in round-of-16 (1-0)

2000 – UCLA won at Clemson (#3 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2001 – Florida won at UCLA (#3 overall seed) in quarterfinals (1-0/2 OT

2002 – Portland advanced at Stanford (#1 overall seed) in quarterfinals (0-0/PKs) 

2002 – Michigan won at Pepperdine (#3 overall seed) in round-of-16 (2-0)

2002 – Penn State won at Connecticut (#4 overall seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2003 – Michigan won at Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

2003 – Florida State won at Florida (#3 seed) in quarterfinals (2-1)

2004 – Santa Clara won at North Carolina (#1 overall seed) in round-of-16 (1-0/OT) 

2004 – Maryland won at Penn State (#2 overall seed) in second round (1-0) 

2004 – Duke won at Virginia (#3 overall seed) in second round (3-0)

2005 – Florida State advanced at North Carolina (one of four #1s) in quarters (1-1/PKs)

2006 – Portland won at Texas (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (2-0) 

2006 – USC won at Santa Clara (one of four #1s) in first round (1-0)

2007 – Notre Dame won at North Carolina (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (3-2) 

2007 – West Virginia won at Penn State (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (1-0) 

2007 – Connecticut won at Stanford (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (2-0)

2009 – Notre Dame won at Florida State (one of four #1s) in quarterfinals (2-0)

2010 – Washington advanced at Portland (one of four #1s) in second round (1-1/PKs)

2010 – Georgetown advanced at Maryland (one of four #1s) in second round (1-1/PKs)

2010 – Notre Dame won at North Carolina (one of four #1s) in round-of-16 (4-1)

2012 – North Carolina won at BYU (one of four #1s) in quarterfinals (2-1, in 2 OT)


SEEDS OF DISCONTENT
 – From 2001-10, there were 32 seeded teams that were sent on the road for the first weekend of the NCAAs, including Central Florida, Texas A&M and Wake Forest in 2010 (all lost in 2nd round) – after UCF, Florida and Virginia Tech in 2009 (note that the ’01 and ’02 NCAA fields only seeded eight teams, while 16 have been seeded since '03). Of the 32 seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-10, four have been  knocked out in the first round and 10 more have failed to advance past the second round – meaning that nearly half (44%) of the seeded teams sent on the road were eliminated before the round-of-16 (14-of-32). By comparison, from 2001-10 there have been 112 seeded teams that opened the NCAAs at home and only 22% of them (25; or 1-in-5) failed to advance to the round-of-16. ... Thus, seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-10 so far have advanced to the round-of-16 at a rate of 22% lower (56% to 78%) than the seeded teams that opened at home.

Of course, several seeded teams overaome the challenge of opening on the road and gone on to post multiple wins, most notably four that went on to win the national title that season (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in ’02 and ’05, and USC in ’07). Eight others ended up losing in the round-of-16, five saw their seasons end in the quarterfinals and one (UCLA, in ’05) suffered its final loss in the College Cup semifinals. Seeded teams that had to open on the road but went on to reach the title game are 4-0-0 in those final games.

Here's the breakdowns of how seeded first-weekend road teams fared in the NCAAs (from 2001-10):

• 4 national champions (Santa Clara ’01, Portland ’02 and ’05, USC ’07)
• 1 semifinalist (UCLA ’05)
• 5 quarterfinalists (Kansas ’03, Washington ’04, Portland ’06 and ’07, Florida State '08)
• 8 round-of-16 (Pepperdine ’02 & ’05, Cal ’05, Texas ’06, Florida ’06, Illinois ’06, USC '08, Virginia Tech '09)
• 10 second round (Duke ’03 and ’05, Oklahoma St. ’06, Wake Forest ’07, Oklahoma St. '08, Florida and UCF '09, Texas A&M, UCF and Wake Forest '10)
• 4 first round (Colorado ’03, Arizona ’04, BYU ’05, Colorado ’07)


Seeded Teams Sent on the Road for NCAA First Weekend (2001-10)
 
(#1-16 seeds from ’03-’10; #1-8 seeds for ’01-’02 ... seeds were 1-8 in 2001-02 and 1-16 in ‘03-’04, while the ‘05-’10 NCAAs featured four #1 seeds, four #2, four #3, four #4)

(Seed, Team ... site, first-weekend results ... finished)

2010 (0-of-3 advanced)
(4 seed/13-16) Central Florida ... at UCLA, lost to UCLA (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Texas A&M ... at Minnesota, lost to Minnesota (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Wake Forest ... at UC Irvine, lost to UCI (2nd round)

2009 (1-of-3 advanced)
(3 seed/9-12) Virginia Tech ... at Dayton, advanced ... lost at Portland (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Florida ... at Ohio State, lost to Oregon State (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Central Florida ... at Wisconsin, lost to Wisconsin (2nd round)

2008 (2-of-4 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Notre Dame (quarters)
(4 seed/13-16) Colorado ... at Minnesota, lost to South Dakota State (1st round)
(4 seed/13-16) USC ... at BYU, advanced ... lost to UCLA (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Rutgers, elim. by Rutgers (PKs; 2nd round)

2007 (2-of-3 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Portland ... at Denver, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(2 seed /5-8) USC ... at Missouri, advanced ... won national title
(4 seed/13-16) Wake Forest ... at Boston College, lost to Connecticut (2nd round)

2006 (4-of-5 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Texas ... at Connecticut, advanced ... lost to Portland (round-of-16)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Utah, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(3 seed/9-12) Florida ... at Marquette, advanced .. .lost at UCLA (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Illinois ... at St. Louis, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Clemson, elim. by Clemson (PKs; 2nd round)

2005 (4-of-6 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Nebraska, advanced ... won national title
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Florida, advanced ... lost to UCLA (semifinals)
(3 seed/9-12) California ... at Texas, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Duke ... at Yale, lost to Yale (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Pepperdine ... at Vanderbilt, advanced ... lost at North Carolina (rd-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) BYU ... at Utah, elim. by Weber St. (PKs; 1st round)

2004 (1-of-2 advanced)
(13 seed) Arizona ... at Connecticut, lost to Colgate (1st round)
(15 seed) Washington ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Princeton (quarterfinals)

2003 (1-of-3 advanced)
(10 seed) Colorado ... at Utah, lost to BYU (1st round)
(12 seed) Duke ... at Texas A&M, lost to A&M (2nd round)
(13 seed) Kansas ... at Missouri, advanced ... lost at UCLA (quarterfinals)

2002 (2-of-2 advanced)
(3 seed) Pepperdine ... at Marquette, advanced ... lost to Michigan (round-of-16)
(8 seed) Portland ... at BYU, advanced ... won national title

2001 (advanced)
(2 seed) Santa Clara ... at Illinois, advanced ... won national title


Other Seeded Teams That Have Failed To Reach NCAA Round-of-16
(played at home first weekend from 2001-10; at home or neutral field in 2011 and 2012)

2012 (through first round)
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest … second-round, eliminated by Notre Dame, 1-2 (at Florida)
(4 seed/13-16) – Ohio State … first-round, eliminated by Oakland, 1-1 (PKs)
(4 seed/13-16) – Maryland … second-round, eliminated by Denver, 2-3 (OT, at Stanford)
(4 seed/13-16) – Portland … second-round, eliminated by Michigan, 0-3 (at Penn State)

2011
(2 seed/ 5-8) – UCLA ... second-round eliminated by San Diego, 1-1 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Florida ... second-round eliminated by Central Florida, 2-3
(3 seed/9-12) – Pepperdine ... first-round eliminated by Long Beach State, 0-1 (OT)
(3 seed/9-12) – Texas A&M ... second-round eliminated by Virginia Tech , 1-3 (at Virginia)
(3 seed/9-12) – Auburn ... second-round eliminated by Maryland, 0-1 (at OK State)
(4 seed/ 13-16) – Tennessee ... first-round eliminated by Ohio State, 0-3
(4 seed/13-16) – Memphis ... second-round eliminated by Louisville, 0-2

2010
(1 seed/1-4) – Portland ... second-round eliminated by Washington, 1-1 (PKs)
(1 seed/1-4) – Maryland ... second-round eliminated by Georgetown, 1-1 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Florida ... second-round eliminated by Duke, 0-0 (PKs)

2009
(4 seed/13-16) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Virginia, 2-6
(4 seed/13-16) – LSU ... second-round eliminated by Texas A&M, 1-1 (PKs)

2008
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to James Madison, 0-1
(4 seed/13-16) – Missouri ... second-round eliminated by Illinois, 1-1 (PKs)

2007
(2 seed/5-8) – Purdue ... second-round elim. by Indiana, 0-0 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Texas, 2-3
(3 seed/9-12) – Georgia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-1

2006
(1 seed/1-4) – Santa Clara ... first-round loss to California, 0-1
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-2
(3 seed/9-12) – Rutgers ... second-round elim.by Boston College, 0-0 (PKs)

2005
(3 seed/9-12) – Connecticut ... first-round loss to Boston Univ., 0-1

2004
(2 seed) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Maryland, 0-1
(3 seed) – Virginia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-3
(8 seed) – Kansas ... second-round loss to Nebraska, 1-2 (OT)
(9 seed) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Illinois, 1-2
(10 seed) – Florida ... first-round loss to Central Florida, 2-3

2003
(2 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Michigan, 0-1
(7 seed) – Virginia ... second-round eliminated by Villanova, 0-0 (PKs)
(15 seed) – Boston College ... first-round loss to Central Conn., 0-1
(16 seed) – Illinois ... first-round loss to William & Mary, 0-2

2002
(5 seed) – West Virginia ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-1

2001
(7 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Cincinnati, 2-3


Top-16 seeds that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-16 
(since 2001; 8 teams were seeded until 2002, then 16 from 2003-12)

1-4 seeds – 6 teams, out of 48 (Notre Dame in ’03 ... Penn St. and Virginia in ’04 ... Santa Clara in ’06 ... Portland and Maryland in '10)
5-8 seeds – 9 teams, out of 48 (Notre Dame in ’01 ... West Virginia in ’02 ... Virginia in ’03 ... Kansas in ’04 ... Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07 ... Florida in '10 ... UCLA and Florida in '11)
9-12 seeds – 15 teams, out of 40 (Colorado and Duke in ’03 ... Florida and Texas A&M in ’04 ... UConn and Duke in ’05 ... Rutgers and Wake Forest in ’06 ... Georgia in ’07 .. Wake Forest in ‘08 ... Florida and UCF in '09 ... Pepperdine, Texas A&M and Auburn in '11 … Wake Forest in '12)
13-16 seeds – 16 teams, out of 40 (Boston College and Illinois in ’03 ... Arizona in ’04 ... BYU in ’05 ... Oklahoma State in ’06 ... Wake Forest in ’07 ... Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma State in ‘08 ... Penn St. and LSU in '09 ... Texas A&M, UCF and Wake Forest in '10 ... Tennessee and Memphis in '11 … Maryland, Ohio State & Portland in '12)

Total (1-16 seeds) – 50 of 192 (26% ... since 2003, avg. of 5.0 teams seeded in top-16 have not reached round-of 16)

(the above list includes Wake Forest five times, Texas A&M and Florida four times, and seven teams twice: Notre Dame, Virginia, Penn State, Colorado, Duke, Oklahoma State, UCF and Portland)


Top-8 seeds that have failed to reach NCAA round-of-8/quarterfinals  (since 2001)

1-4 seeds – 12 teams, out of 48 (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 ... Portland, Maryland and UNC in '10)

5-8 seeds – 19 teams, out of 48 (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 ... South Carolina in '09 .... Florida and Virginia in '10 ... UCLA and Florida in '11 … San Diego State, Virginia and Wake Forest in '12)

Total (1-8 seeds) – 34 out of 96 (35% ... avg. of 2.8 teams seeded in top-8 have not reached quarterfinals since 2001)

(the above list includes Virginia five times, UNC and Florida three times, and five teams twice: ND, WVU, Stanford, Portland and UCLA)


ANNUAL CHART for MATCHING SEED
(top-16 reach round-of-16 ... top-8 reach quarters ... top-4 reach semifinals)

Year – Round of 16 ... Quarterfinals (8) ... Semifinals (4)

2012 – 12 ... 5 ... 3 (Stanford, Penn State, Florida State)

2011 –  9 ... 6 ... 4 (Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State)

2010 – 10 ... 3 ... 1  (Stanford)

2009 – 12 ... 7 ... 3  (Stanford, UNC, UCLA)

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

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)

2003 – 10 ... 4 ... 2  (UNC, UCLA)

2002 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 1  (UNC)

2001 – 7 (of 8) ... 5 ... 3  (UNC, Santa Clara, Portland)

Avg. (2012 TBA) – 11.1 in round-of-16 ('03-'11) ... 5.2 in quarters (‘01–’11) ... 2.3 in semifinals ('01–’11) 

Note – Only 9-of-16 seeds reached 2011 round-of-16 (fewest since tourney went to 16 seeds in '03)


Seeds of College Cup Final-Weekend Participants (semifinalists; from 2001-2012)

Seeds 1-4 ... 28 (includes recent system of four #1s) ... outside top-4 seeds: 20

Seeds 5-8 ... 11

Seeds 9-12 ... 3

Seeds 13-16 ... 4

* Others ... 2 (Penn St. '02/ UConn in '03)

Notes: Penn State reached the semifinals in 2002 but was not seeded (there were only eight seeds in ’02) … in 2003, unseeded 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
 – The 2012 NCAA Tournament could provide some historic moments for certain programs that have made numerous NCAA appearances but failed to progress to the final rounds:

Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Quarterfinal Round (final-8)
12 – San Diego (12th trip in 2011)

Notes: Every other team with 10-plus NCAA trips has made at least one final-8 game ... Wake Forest had been eliminated prior to the NCAA quarterfinals in all 13 of its NCAA appearances (1996-2008) before finally ending that frustrating streak in dramatic fashion, winning in the final second of its 2009 NCAAA round-of-16 game at South Carolina (1-0; Nov. 20, 2009).


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Quarterfinal Appearance

12 – SMU
12 – USC 
10 – Dartmouth

Note: Wake Forest made quarterfinals for second time in 16th appearance (2011)  BYU made second quarterfinal in 2012 (14th appearance)


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching College Cup Semifinals (final-4)
24 – William & Mary
18 – Texas A&M  
14 – Clemson
14 – BYU
11 – Harvard
10 – Dartmouth and Nebraska

Note: Boston College in 2010 reached the semifinals for the first time (14th NCAA appearance), while Wake Forest is making its first NCAA semifinalist appearance in 2011 (16th appearance) 

Most NCAA Trips With Only One Semifinal Appearance (final-4)
25 – Virginia  (1991)    
14 – Hartford  (1992)
12 – SMU  (1995)
12 – USC  (2007)  
Note: Stanford made its second semifinal trip in 2008 (in 18th NCAA appearance), Duke in 2011 (18th NCAA trip)


Most NCAA Trips Without Reaching Title Game
25 – Virginia 
24 – William & Mary
20 – California
18 – Texas A&M
17 – Penn State (18th appearance in 2012)    
17 – Wake Forest 
14 – Clemson and Hartford
Note: Stanford made its first NCAA final in 2009 (in 19th NCAA appearance)


Most NCAA Trips With Only One Title-Game Appearance
18 – Central Florida  (1982 ... 0-2 vs. UNC)  
15 – UMass  (1987 ... 0-1 vs. UNC)
17 – Wisconsin  (1991 ... 1-3 vs. UNC)
16 – Florida  (1998 ... 1-0 vs. UNC)
Note: Duke made its second NCAA final in 2011 (in 18th NCAA appearance)


Most NCAA Trips Without Winning the Title
28 – Connecticut
25 – Virginia 
24 – William & Mary
20 – California
19 – Duke 
18 – Texas A&M  
18 – UCLA 
18 – Central Florida
17 – Penn State (18th appearance in 2012)
17 – Wisconsin
17 – Wake Forest  
15 – UMass
14 – Clemson and Hartford
Note: Stanford won its first NCAA title in 2011 (in 21st NCAA appearance)



SECTION 6 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
ROUND-of-16 HISTORY & NOTES

note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs

CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE ROUND-OF-16 – During the past 12 seasons (2001-12), dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format, the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 53 total entrants in the round--of-16 (4.4 per year) ... next on that list is the Pacific-10/12 with 27 round-of-16 qualifiers since 2001, followed by the BIG EAST (26), BigTen (22), West Coast Conference (19), Big 12 (18) and Southeastern Conference  (12) ... the ACC and Pac-10 have combined to produce 42% of the round-of-16 entrants (80 of 192) during the past 12 seasons ... the top-six conferences on this list – ACC, Pac-10, BIG EAST, Big Ten, WCC and Big 12 – have combined to produce 86% of the teams in the round-of-16 (165 of 192) from 2001-12.

UNPRECEDENTED EARLY EXIT FOR DEFENDING CHAMPS – Notre Dame's 1-0 loss at Illinois on Nov. 13, 2011, marked the first time that the NCAA women's defending champion has been knocked off that early in the tournament (first round; rd-of-64). One year earlier, North Carolina's 3-1 win over James Madison on Nov. 14, 2010, marked the 11th straight season that the defending NCAA champion had advanced to (at least) the round-of-16. In 1999, Florida suffered a 1-0 loss to Hartford in the second round (less than one year after winning the ’98 NCAA title) – the only time that a defending champion had failed to reach at least the round-of-16 (prior to ND this season). When looking at the first 29 teams that have won the NCAA Division I women’s soccer title ('82-’10), 18 of them have returned to the championship game (13 repeated as champion, five were runner-up), two others made it back to the College Cup semifinals, two lost in the quarterfinals and five were knocked out in the round-of-16 (including UNC in 2010).

Prior to UNC's repeat title in 2009, Santa Clara was the most recent NCAA champion that returned to the College Cup’s final weekend (as a semifinalist/finalist) in the next season, doing so in 2002 (Portland lost in the ’03 round-of-16, UNC in the ’04 round-of-16, Notre Dame in the ’05 quarters, UP in the ’06 quarters, UNC in the ’07 rd-of-16, and USC in the '08 rd-of-16).

NCAA Tournament Finishes By Defending Champion
• 13 repeated as champion (North Carolina in 1983, ’84, '87-’94, ’97, 2000, '09)

• 5 runner-up (UNC in ’85 and ’95, Notre Dame in ’96, UNC in ’98, and Santa Clara in '02)

• 2 other semifinalists (George Mason in ’86, Portland in ’01

• 2 quarterfinalists (Notre Dame in ’05, Portland in '06)

• 5 round-of-16 finishers (Portland in ’03, UNC in ’04 and '07, USC in '08; UNC in '10)

• 1 round-of-32 finisher (Florida in '99)

• 1 round-of-64 entrant, failed to advance (Notre Dame in '11)

(18 defending champs have returned to title game, 20 to the College Cup final weekend, 22 to at least the quarterfinals and 27 of the 29 have made it to at least the round-of-16 … 2011 champ Stanford has reached the 2012 second round)

Active Streaks of Reaching the NCAA round-of-16    
(updated as of 2012 NCAAs; research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com)

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31 – North Carolina  (1982-2012)  

8 – Florida State  (2005-12) 

8 – Virginia  (2005-12)  

7 – Stanford  (2006-12)


Lauren Alwine (right) and her  teammates extended Virginia's NCAA round-of-16 streak to seven seasons ('05-'11), with UVa reaching the final-16 again in 2012 ... the Cavaliers were hoping to make the program's second appearance in the NCAA semifinals ('91), but lost 3-0 at Florida State in the 2011 quarterfinals (followed by 2012 round-of-16 loss vs. another ACC team, Duke, 3-1).


Notes: Notre Dame's 7-year streak of reaching the round-of-16 (2004-10) ended in 1-0 loss at Illinois on Nov. 13, 2011 ... one week later (11/18/11), UCLA's run of 12 straight round-of-16 appearances (1999-2010) was snapped in a PK game vs. San Diego (1-1; 2-3 in 6 PK rds) ... the 2010 NCAA round-of-16 included six teams – UNC, UCLA, ND, FSU, UVa and Stanford – with senior classes that advanced to the final-16 all four seasons ... UCLA lost to BYU (0-2) in the 1998 second round (that was the third varsity season for the Bruins) ... ND lost to Michigan in the 2003 NCAA second round (0-1) ...  FSU was edged by BC in PKs during the '04 NCAA first round (0-0/1-3 PKs) ... Virginia lost to Duke in the '04 NCAA second round (0-3) ... Stanford lost to St. Louis in the '05 NCAA first round (0-2).

Following below are various lists of NCAA round-of-16 conference-entry history, during the first 12 years of the 64-team format (since 2001):

NCAA ROUND--OF-16 TEAMS FROM 2001-12  (sorted by conferences)

53 – ACC  (UNC 12, FSU 10, VA 10, BC 6, Duke 6, MD 3, Clemson 2, Va-Tech 2, WFU 2)

27 – Pac-10/12  (UCLA 11, Stanford 9, USC 2, Washington 2, Arizona 1, Cal 1, Oregon St. 1)

26 – BIG EAST  (ND 9, UConn 5, WVU 3, Marquette 3, Rutgers 2, BC 1, Villanova 1, Georgetown 1, Louisville 1)

22 – Big Ten  (Penn State 8, Illinois 3, Ohio State 3, Michigan 3, Minnesota 2,  Indiana 1, Purdue 1, Wisconsin 1

19 – West Coast Conference  (Portland 9, Santa Clara 6, Pepperdine 2, San Diego 1, BYU 1)

18 – Big 12  (Texas A&M 7, Nebraska 3, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 2, Colorado 1, Kansas 1, Baylor 1)

13 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 6, Tennessee 5, South Carolina 1, Texas A&M 1)

3 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale)

3 – Big West  (Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Long Beach State)

2 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton, Richmond)

2 – Conference USA  (Cincinnati, Central Florida)

2 – Mountain West  (BYU & San Diego State)

1 – Colonial Athletic Association  (James Madison)

1 – Western Athletic (Denver)

OLD RELIABLES – There have been a total of 60 teams that advanced to the NCAA round-of-16 from 2001-12, led by these 14 teams:

Teams with the most NCAA round-of-16 appearances from 2001-12

12 – North Carolina ... 2001-12

11 – UCLA ... 2001-10, '12

10 – Florida State ... 2002-03, '05-'12 

10 – Virginia ... 2001-02, '05-'12

9 – Notre Dame ... 2002, '04-'10, '12

9 – Portland ... 2001-09  

9 – Stanford ... 2001-02, '06-'12

8 – Texas A&M ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09, '12

8 – Penn State ... 2001-03, '05-'07, '11-'12

6 – Duke ... 2004, '07, '08, '10, '11-'12

6 – Santa Clara ... 2001-05, '09

6 – Boston College ... 2004 (BIG EAST); 2005-06, '08-'11 (ACC)

6 – Florida ... 2001, '03, '06-'08, '12

5 – Connecticut ... 2001-04, '07

5 – Tennessee ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07

 
Notes: teams with three round-of-16 appearances since 2001 include: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas and West Virginia ... teams with two round-of-16 trips over the past 11 seasons include: Clemson, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Rutgers, USC, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Washington  ... these teams have made one final-16 appearance since '01: Arizona, Baylor, BYU, California, Cal State Fullerton, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dartmouth, Dayton, Denver, Georgetown, Indiana, James Madison, Kansas, Long Beach State, Louisville, Oregon State, Princeton, Purdue, Richmond, San Diego, San Diego State, South Carolina, UC Irvine, Villanova, Wisconsin and Yale.


Conferences with the most different teams in the NCAA round-of-16 (2001-12)

9 teams – Atlantic Coast Conference

9 teams – BIG EAST Conference

8 teams – Big Ten Conference

7 teams – Pacific-10 Conference

6 teams – Big 12 Conference


4 teams – West Coast Conference

3 teams – Southeastern Conference

3 teams – Ivy League

3 teams – Big West Conference

2 teams – Atlantic-10 Conference

2 teams – Conference USA


ROUND-OF-16 ENTRANTS FROM 2001-12  (sorted by conference) 

Atlantic Coast Conference  (53 appearances, by 9 teams)
North Carolina (12) ... 2001-12
Florida State (10) ... 2002-03, '05-'12
Virginia (10) ... 2001-02, '05-'12
Boston College (6) ... 2005-06, '08-'11 (also '04, as member of BIG EAST)
Duke (6) ... 2004, '07, '08, '10-'12
Maryland (3) ... 2004, '09, '11
Clemson (2) ... 2001, '06
Virginia Tech (2) ... 2009, '11
Wake Forest (2) ... 2009, '11

Pacific-10/12 Conference  (27 appearances, by 7 teams)
UCLA (11) ... 2001-10, '12
Stanford (9) ... 2001-02, '06-'12
Washington (2) ... 2004, '10
USC (2) ... 2007, '08
Arizona (1) ... 2005
California (1) ... 2005 
Oregon State (1) ... 2009

BIG EAST Conference  (26 appearances, by 9 teams)
Notre Dame (9) ... 2002, '04-'10, '12
Connecticut (5) ... 2001-04, '07
West Virginia (3) ... 2003, '07, '10
Marquette (3) ... 2005, '10, '12 
Rutgers (2) ... 2001, '08
Boston College (1) ... 2004 (also 2005-06, '08-'09, as member of ACC)
Georgetown (1) ... 2010
Louisville (1) ... 2011
Villanova (1) ... 2003 

Big Ten Conference  (22 appearances, by 8 teams)
Penn State (8) ... 2001-03, '05-'07, '11, '12
Illinois (3) ... 2004, '06, '08
Michigan (3) ... 2002-03, '12 
Ohio State (3) ... 2004, '10, '11
Minnesota (2) ... 2008, '10
Indiana (1) ... 2007
Purdue (1) ... 2003
Wisconsin (1) … 2009

West Coast Conference  (19 appearances, by 5 teams)
Portland (9) ... 2001-09 
Santa Clara (6) ... 2001-05, '09
Pepperdine (2) ... 2002, '05
San Diego (1) ... 2011
BYU (1) … 2012

Big 12 Conference  (18 appearances, by 7 teams)
Texas A&M (7) ... 2001-03, '05-'06, '08-'09
Nebraska (3) ... 2001-02, '04 
Texas (3) ... 2004, '06, '07
Oklahoma State (2) ... 2010, '11 
Baylor (1) … 2012
Colorado (1) ... 2006
Kansas (1) ... 2003

Southeastern Conference  (13 appearances, by 4 teams)
Florida (6) ... 2001, '03, '06-'08, '12
Tennessee (5) ... 2002-03, '04, '06, '07
South Carolina (1) ... 2009
Texas A&M (1) … 2012

Big West Conference  (3 appearances, by 2 teams)
Cal State Fullerton (1) ... 2005
UC Irvine (1) ... 2010, '11

Ivy League  (3 appearances, by 3 teams)
Dartmouth (1) ... 2002
Princeton (1) .... 2004
Yale (1) ... 2005

Atlantic-10 Conference  (2 appearances, by 2 teams)
Dayton (1) ... 2001
Richmond (1) ... 2002

Conference USA  (2 appearances)
Central Florida (1) ... 2011
Cincinnati (1) ... 2001  (current member of the BIG EAST)

Mountain West Conference  (2 appearances)
BYU (1) ... 2003
San Diego State (1) … 2012

Colonial Athletic Association  (1 appearance)
James Madison (1) ... 2008

Western Athletic Conference  (1 appearance)
Denver (1) … 2012


Conferences with Most Round-of-16 Entrants in One Season (since 2001)
8 – ACC in 2011

7 – ACC in 2009

5 – ACC in 2010, '08 and '06

4 – ACC in 2012, '07 and '05 ... BIG EAST in 2010

3 – ACC in 2004, '02 and '01 ... BIG EAST in 2007, '04 and '03 ... Big 12 in 2006 ... 
     Pac-10 in 2010, '09, '08, '05 ... WCC in 2005 and '02 ... Big Ten in 2003


Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Round-of-16 (since '01)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...'03...'04...'05...'06...'07...'08...'09...'10…'11…'12

ACC ............ 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 .... 4 .... 5 ... 7 … 5 … 8 … 4

BIG EAST ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 .... 3 .... 2 ... 1 ... 4 ... 1 … 2     

Big 12 ......... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 3 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 … 1

Pac-10/12 ... 2 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 .... 3 .... 3 ... 3 ... 3 ... 1 … 2

WCC .......... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 2 ... 3 ... 1 ..... 1 .... 1 ... 2 ... X ... 1 … 1

SEC ........... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 1 ... X ... 2 .... 2 .... 1 ... 1 ... X ... X ... 2      

Big Ten ...... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ..... 2 .... 2 ... 1 ... 2 ... 2 … 2

Ivy ............ 1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2004 ... 1 in 2005  

A-10 ...........1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2002

Big West ... 1 in 2005 ... 1 in 2010 ... 1 in 2011

Colonial ..... 1 in 2008

C-USA ...... 1 in 2001 ... 1 in 2011     

Mt-West .... 1 in 2003 … 1 in 2012

WAC …..... 1 in 2012


Conference High/Low Number of Qualifiers in NCAA Rd-of-16 ('01-'10)
ACC – high of 8 in 20111 ... low of 2 in 2003

BIG EAST – high of 4 in 2010 ... low of 1 in 2006, '09, '11

Big 12 – high of 3 in 2006 ... low of 1 in 2005, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12

Pac-10/12 – high of 3 in 2005, '07, '08, '09, '10 ... low of 1 in 2003

WCC – high of 3 in 2002, '05 ... low of 0 in 2010

SEC – high of 2 in 2003, '06, '07 ... low of 0 in 2005, '10, '11

Big Ten – high of 3 in 2003 ... low of 1 in 2001, '05, '09


Different Conferences Represented in NCAA Round-of-16 (since 2001)

2001 – 10 conferences with teams in final-16

2002 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2003 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2004 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2005 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2006 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16

2007 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16

2008 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2009 – 7 conferences with teams in final-16

2010 – 6 conferences with teams in final-16

2011 – 8 conferences with teams in final-16

2012 – 9 conference with teams in final-16

Note: avg. of 7.8 conferences represented in round-of-16 (since '01) ... most conferences represented in one round-of-16 since 2001 is 10 (in '01), fewest is six ('10)


YEARLY NCAA ROUND-OF-16 QUALIFIERS  (sorted by conference) 

2001
3 – ACC  (Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Rutgers)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Dayton)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – C-USA  (Cincinnati)
1 – Ivy League  (Dartmouth)
1 – SEC  (Florida)

2002
3 – ACC (Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas A&M)
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
1 – Atlantic-10  (Richmond)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)

2003
3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Villanova, West Virginia)
3 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State, Purdue)
2 – ACC  (Florida State, North Carolina)
2 – Big 12  (Kansas, Texas A&M)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
2 – WCC (Portland, Santa Clara
1 – Mt-West  (BYU)
1 – Pac-10  (UCLA)

2004
3 – ACC (Duke Maryland, North Carolina)
3 – BIG EAST  (Bsoton College, Connecticut, Notre Dame)
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Ohio State)
2 – Big 12  (Nebraska, Texas)
2 – Pac-10  (UCLA, Washington)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)
1 – SEC  (Tennessee)

2005
4 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – Pac-10  (Arizona, California, UCLA)
3 – WCC  (Pepperdine, Portland, Santa Clara)
2 – BIG EAST  (Marquette, Notre Dame)
1 – Big Ten  (Penn State)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Big West  (CS Fullerton)
1 – Ivy League  (Yale)

2006
5 – ACC  (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – Big 12  (Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M)
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Penn State)
2 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2007
4 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina), Virginia) 
3 – BIG EAST  (Connecticut, Notre Dame, West Virginia)
3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)
2 – Big Ten  (Indiana, Penn State)
2 – SEC  (Florida, Tennessee)
1 – Big 12  (Texas)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2008
5 – ACC  (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, USC)
2 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame, Rutgers)
2 – Big Ten  (Illinois, Minnsota)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – Colonial  (James Madison)
1 – SEC  (Florida)
1 – WCC  (Portland)

2009
7 – ACC  (Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest)
3 – Pac-10  (Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA)
2 – WCC  (Portland, Santa Clara)
1 – BIG EAST  (Notre Dame)
1 – Big Ten  (Wisconsin)
1 – Big 12  (Texas A&M)
1 – SEC  (South Carolina)

2010
5 – ACC  (Boston College, Duke Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
4 – BIG EAST  (Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, West Virginia)
3 – Pac-10  (Stanford, UCLA, Washington)
2 – Big Ten  (Minnesota, Ohio State)
1 – Big 12  (Oklahoma State)
1 – Big West  (UC Irvine)

2011
8 – ACC  (Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest)
2 – Big Ten  (Ohio State, Penn State)
1 – BIG EAST  (Louisville)
1 – Big 12  (Oklahoma State)
1 – Big West  (Long Beach State)
1 – Conference USA  (Central Florida)
1 – Pacific-12  (Stanford)
1 – West Coast  (San Diego)

2012
4 – ACC  (Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia)
2 – BIG EAST  (Marquette, Notre Dame)
2 – Big Ten  (Michigan, Penn State)
2 - SEC (Florida, Texas A&M)
2 – Pacific-12  (Stanford, UCLA)
1 – Mountain West (San Diego State)
1 – Big 12  (Baylor)
1 – West Coast  (BYU)
1 – Western Athletic  (Denver)


Teams in the round-of-16 each of past three seasons (5; 2010-12)
... Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Stanford and Virginia

Teams in the 2012 round-of-16 that did not reach round-of-16 in 2011 (10)
… Baylor, BYU, Denver, Florida, Marquette, Michigan, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Texas A&M and UCLA

Teams in the 2011 round-of-16 that did not reach round-of-16 in 2012 (4)
… Boston College, Maryland, Ohio State and Oklahoma State

Teams in the round-of-16 for 2011 and 2012 (6)
… Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia

Teams in the round-of-16 for 2010 and 2011 (8)
... Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Virginia

Teams in the 2010 round-of-16 that did not reach round-of-16 in 2011 (8)
... UC Irvine, Georgetown, Marquette, Minesota, Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington, West Virginia 

Teams in the 2011 round-of-16 that did not reach round-of-16 in 2010 (8)
... Central Florida, Long Beach State, Louisville, Maryland, Penn State, San Diego, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest


SECTION 7 – NCAA TOURNAMENT
QUALIFICATION & EARLY ROUNDS

note: all research contained below is courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com (please credit accordingly when reprinting or referencing this data) ... this historical information will be updated several times throughout the 2012 NCAAs

Active streaks of reaching the NCAA round-of-32
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com ... updated through 2011 season; includes some seasons with field of fewer than 32 teams)

Ten of the 11 longest active streaks of reaching the second round/round-of-32 continued in 2011 (see chart below; note that some of the earlier years included fields of fewer than 32 teams):

30 – North Carolina  (1982-2011)
18 – Virginia  (1994-2011)
15 – UCLA  (1997-2011)
14 – Texas A&M  (1998-2011)
12 – Portland  (2000-11)

7 – Florida State  (2005-11) 
6 – Florida  (2006-11)
6 – Stanford  (2006-11) 
6 – Wake Forest  (2006-11)


Notes: Oklahoma State reached the NCAA round-of-32 every year from 2006-11 but did not qualify for the 2012 NCAAs Notre Dame's 18-year run (1993-2011) of reaching at least the NCAA final-32 ended on Nov. 13, 2011, in a 1-0 loss at Illinois ... Duke (6; 2003-08) and USC (4; 2005-08) both saw their streaks of reaching the NCAA second round come to an end in the 2009 first round – and Illinois had advanced to the NCAA second round (final-32) each of the previous five seasons (2004-08), but the Fighting Illini failed to qualify for the 2009 NCAAs. ... only nine teams that made the 2009 second round failed to reach the final-32 in 2010: BYU, UConn, San Diego, Georgia, Washington St., Rutgers, Central Michigan, LSU and Cal (teams in 2010 second round that were not in 2009 final-32: USC, Minnesota, USF, Hofstra, Georgetown, Marquette, Duke, UC Irvine and Ohio St.) ... one year earlier, exactly half of the teams that advanced to the 2009 second round had not reached the round-of-32 the previous season ('08): Wisconsin, Oregon St., BYU, UConn, Washington St., Penn St., Virginia Tech, LSU, Cal, South Carolina, Georgia, Dayton, San Diego St.,Santa Clara, Maryland and Central Michigan.

Teams in the round-of-32 each of previous two seasons (18; 2010 and 2011)
... Boston College, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Marquette, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Portland, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCF, UCLA, Virginia & Wake Forest 
(note: Oklahoma State and South Carolina did not qualify for 2012 NCAAs while Ohio State was elim. in the first round) 

Teams in the 2010 round-of-32 that did not reach round-of-32 in 2011 (14)
... Dayton, Georgetown, Hofstra, James Madison, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Santa Clara, South Florida, UC Irvine, USC, Washington, West Virginia & Wisconsin
... eight of these teams did not make the 2011 NCAA field (Georgetown, Hofstra, JMU, Minn., SF, USC, WA & WIS)

Teams in the 2011 round-of-32 that did not reach round-of-32 in 2010 (14)
... Auburn, Baylor, Boston Univ., California, Georgia, Illinois, Long Beach, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee,
San Diego, Washington State & Virginia Tech


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Sarah Hagen (right) led Milwaukee to the 2011 Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles and then the team's 19th win of the season, a 3-0 victory over Illinois State to avenge a loss earlier in the 2011 season ... Hagen's impressive career included 24 goals in each of her first two seasons, 19 as a junior in 2010 and then 26 goals in 2011 – with her 93 career goals ranking ninth in NCAA Division I women's soccer history (alongside the likes of UNC legend Mia Hamm, Portland greats Cristine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett, Florida alum Abby Wambach, and Danielle Garrett Fotopoulos, who starred at SMU and Florida in the mid/late-'90s) ... Hagen has been a top scorer with the U.S. Under-23 National Team and hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of the above players who have pursued their dreams as former or current members of the full U.S. National Team.




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 2012 conference tournaments 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 in 212 (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; research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com; please credit accordingly)

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)
(research courtesy of CollegeSoccer360.com; please credit accordingly)

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 NorthridgeGeorgia Southern, Stony Brookand 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 ti   me since 2008

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