Section 3 – CS360 NCAA Women's Soccer History Notebook (11/28/12) ...

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

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)
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SECTIONS 1-7 – All of the below sections, in sequential scrolling order (one large file)
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 3 – NCAA COLLEGE CUP
FINAL WEEKEND HISTORY & NOTES

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Melissa Henderson
 (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). 


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