NCAA D-I Women 2011 Selection Notes ...

2011 NCAA D-I WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET (PDF/printable)

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Nov. 7, 2011           Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

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WE'RE #1 ... AGAIN!: A year ago in 2011, 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): Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC), Boston University (America East), Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), Illinois State (Missouri Valley), Marist (Metro-Atlantic), Memphis (Conf. USA), Milwaukee (Horizon), New Mexico (Mountain West), Radford (Big South), Samford (Southern), Toledo (Mid-American), Utah State (Western Atheltic), West Virginia (BIG EAST) and William & Mary (Colonial).

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT WINNERS (27): Roughly 75% (20-of-27) of the recently-completed conference tournament were won by either the #1 or #2 seeds ... all but five of them were won by a 1-2-3 seed (plus three #4s, a #6 and a #7 ... 14 won by #1 seeds (listed above) ... six by #2 seeds (Florida International, Illinois, Long Beach, Long Island, Texas A&M, Texas State) ... two by #3 seeds (Dayton, Tennessee-Martin) ... three by #4 seeds (Army, Montana, Oakland) ... and one each by a #6 seed (Florida State) and #7 seed (Auburn).

NCAA BIDS BY CONFERENCE: 9-Atlantic Coast (ACC) ... 8-Southeastern (SEC) ... 5-Big 12 & Pac-12 ... 4-BIG EAST & West Coast (WCC) ... 3-Big Ten ... 2-Atlantic-10, Conf. USA & Big West ... 20 one-big leagues.

THE 32 FIRST-WEEK HOST TEAMS include: eight of the nine entrants from the ACC (all but Virginia Tech) ... five of the eight entrants from the SEC (with the exception of Alabama, Georgia and LSU) ... three each from the BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 ... two from Conference USA, a pair out of the WCC and one each from America East, the Big West and the Horizon.

THE 16 SEEDED TEAMS include: six from the ACC (#1s Duke, Florida State & Wake Forest; #2 Virginia, #3 UNC and #4 BC) ... three from the SEC (#2 Florida, #3 Auburn and #4 Tennessee) ... #1 Stanford and #2 UCLA from the Pac-12 ... a couple from the Big 12 (#2 Oklahoma State and #3 Texas A&M) ... and three conferences with one seeded team:  WCC (#3 Pepperdine), Big Ten (#4 Penn State) and Conference USA (#3 Memphis) ... the 12 teams seeded 1-2-3 include five from the ACC, two SEC, two Pac-12, two Big 12 and one from the WCC ... the tournament's top-8 overall seeds (#1s and #2s) feature four from the ACC, two Pac-12, one SEC, one Big 12 ... the ACC has three of the four #1 seeds, joined by Pac-12 power Stanford.

NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAM STREAKS – For the second straight season, each of the teams with the 15-longest active NCAA appearance streaks advanced to the national postseason again this season (see list below), after a trend of disappointment 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 this season (along with Tennessee).

Three 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 and '11 (UConn and SCU were NCAA entrants in '09 and '10, with SCU back this season but UConn missing the NCAAs for the second time in the past four years).

There are 11 different teams – North Carolina (230), Notre Dame (19), Virginia (18), Texas A&M (17), Penn State (17), Wake Forest (16), UCLA (15), Stanford (14), Florida State (12), Portland (12) and West Virginia (12) – that own acive double-digit NCAA appearance streaks:


Active Streaks of Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances 

(D-I women's soccer; as of 2011)

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30 – North Carolina  (1982-2011)

19 – Notre Dame  (1993-2011)

18 – Virginia  (1994-2011)


17 – Penn State  (1995-2011)

17 – Texas A&M  (1995-2011)


16 – Wake Forest  (1996-2011)

15 – UCLA  (1997-2011)

14 – Stanford  (1998-2011)


12 – Florida State  (2000-11)

12 – Portland  (2000-11)

12 – West Virginia  (2000-11)          


9 – Boston College  (2003-11)

9 – Duke  (2003-11)

9 – Florida  (2003-11)

8 – California  (2004-11)


Other all-time NCAA Tournament appearance streaks (7-plus)…

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 16 all-time double-digit NCAA appearance streaks)


FAMILIAR FACES – The 2011 NCAA Tournament field includes 10 of the 11 programs (all but Connecticut) that have made the most all-time NCAA appearances. The top-20 teams in terms of all-time NCAA appearances include 16 that have qualified for the 2011 NCAAs (all but UConn, Wisconsin, UMass & Clemson):


All-Time NCAA Tournament Appearances (bolded teams are in the 2011 NCAAs)

(Division I women's soccer; as of 2011)

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30 – North Carolina  (1982-2011)

28 – Connecticut  (1982-2007 ... '09-'10)

24 – Virginia  (1987-92 ... 1994-2011)

24 – William & Mary  (1984-90 ... 1992-2004 ... '06-'08 ... '11)


22 – Santa Clara  (1989-2007 ... '09-'11)

21 – Stanford  (1990-96 ... 1998-2011)


19 – California  (1983-84 ... '86-'88 ... '93 ... 1998-2002 ... '04-'11)

19 – Notre Dame  (1993-2011)

19 – Portland  (1992-98 ... 2000-11)


18 – Duke  (1992-97 ... 1999-2001 ... '03-'11)

17 – Penn State  (1995-2011)

17 – Texas A&M  (1995-2011)

16 – Wisconsin  (1985-88, '91 ... '93-'96 ... '98 ... 2000 ... '02, '04, '05 ... '09-'10)


16 – UCLA  (1995, 1997-2011)

16 – Central Florida  (1982, '84, '87-'88, '91, '98-'99, 2001-04, '07-'11)

16 – Wake Forest  (1996-2011)

15 – UMass  (1982-89, '91-'97)


15 – Boston College  (1982-85, '99, 2001, '03-'11)

15 – Florida  (1996-2001, '03-'11)

14 – Clemson  (1994-2007)


13 – Harvard  (1982-84 ... '94-'96 ... 2001-04 ... '08-'09 ... '11)

13 – BYU  (1997-2003, '05-'10)

13 – Hartford  (1989-92, '94-'95, 1997-2002, '06)


12 – Florida State  (2000-11)

12 – West Virginia  (2000-11)

12 – Maryland  (1995-99, 2001-04, '09-'11)

12 – San Diego  (1996, 1999-2004, '07-'11)

12 – USC  (1998-2003, '05-'10)

12 – SMU  (1990, '92, '93, '95, '97, '99, 2001-06)


11 – Washington (1994-96, '98, 2000-01, '03-'04, '08-'10)

11 – George Mason  (1982-86, '88-'89, '93, '94, '96, '97)

11 – North Carolina State  (1985-92, '94-'96)

10 – Auburn  (2001-04 ... '06-'11)

10 – Boston University  (2001-01 ... '03 ... '05-'11)

10 – Illinois  (2000-01 ... '03-'08 ... '10-'11)

10 – Marquette  (1999-2002 ... '05-'06 ... '08-'11)  

10 – Texas  (2001-08 ... '10-'11)

10 – Dartmouth  (1993-94 ... '96 ... '98-'03 ... '05)

10 – James Madison  (1995-99 ... 2002 ... '04 ... '07-'08 ... '10)

10 – Michigan  (1997-2004 ... '06 ... '10)

10 – Nebraska  (1996-2005)

bold = teams in the 2011 NCAA Tournament


Other 2011 NCAA Entrants (all-time NCAA appearances) ... 

9 – Milwaukee  (1997 ... '01-'02 ... '05-'06 ... '08-'11) ... Tennessee  (2001-08 ... '11)

8 – Dayton  (199 ... 2001-04 ... 2009-11) ... Georgia (1997-98 ... 2001 ... '03 ... '07-'09 ... '11)
... Kentucky  (1995-96 ... '8-'99 ... '01-'02 ... '06 ... '11)

7 – Ohio State  (2002-04 ... '07 ... 09-'11)

6 – Oklahoma State (2006-11) ... Oakland  (2001-03 ... '06-'07 ... '11) ... Pepperdine  (2001-05 ... '11)
... South Carolina  (1998 ... 2007-11) ... Washington State  (1994 ... 2000 ... '02, '08, '09, '11)

5 – Kansas  (2001 ... '03-'04 ... '08, '11) ... Memphis  (2007-11) ... Radford  (1985 ... '98 ... '02 ... '08 ... '11)
... Virginia Tech  (2004 ... '08-'11)

4 – LSU  (2007-09 ... '11) ... Miami  (2001 ... '07-'08 ... '11) ... Oregon State  (1994 ... 2009-11)
... Texas State  (2001 ... '04, '08, '11) ... Toledo  (2006-08 ... '11)

3 – Baylor  (1998-99 ... 2011) ... Illinois State  (2003 ... '09 ... '11) ... Long Beach State  (2008 ... '10-'11)
... Long Island  (1999 ... '06 ... '11) ... Louisville  (2006-07 ... '11) ... Samford  (2005 ... '07 ... '11)

2 – Alabama  (1998 ... 2011) ... Arkansas-Pine Bluff  (2009 ... '11) ... Army (2008 ... '11) ... UC Irvine (2010-11)
... Florida International  (1993 ... 2011) ... Montana (1999-2000) ... New Mexico  (2010-11)

Five programs will be making their Division I NCAA Championship debuts: Florida Gulf Coast, La Salle, Marist, Tennessee-Martin and Utah State.

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