The 2013 NCAA Semifinal Stage is Set
Over the weekend, colleges across the country fought to stay alive in the NCAA tournament dance. Twelve teams across the three divisions will still be practicing this week in preparation for the biggest stage in collegiate sports, the NCAA Final Four.
Maryland, the number one seed earned their spot in the NCAA Division I Final Four in -bold fashion. The Terps opened NCAA play by defeating number. 18 ranked American University by a score of 4-1. Maryland went on to defeat reigning 2012 National Champion, Princeton, in the Elite Eight by a score of 3-2. The Terps advance to their sixth consecutive national semifinal game and their sixteenth under coach Missy Meharg. Two of the three Maryland goals were recorded by the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and U.S. National Team athlete, Jill Witmer.
Duke Field Hockey is headed to the NCAA semifinals as an attacking entity. The number.four Blue Devils encountered the University of New Hampshire in the first round of competition. The squad moved past the Wild Cats 6-1 and then went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts in the second round 4-1 earning their ticket to Norfolk.
The University of Connecticut enters the semifinal match up by first defeating Boston College 2-1 in an overtime thriller in the Sweet Sixteen. The Boston College Eagles tied the game with less than four minutes in regulation but the Huskies capitalized on a corner opportunity in the opening minutes of overtime. UConn then met Michigan State in the second round. Michigan State earned their Elite Eight appearance by upsetting number two Syracuse 2-1 but UConn ended the Spartans winning streak by defeating the squad 3-1.
North Carolina, ranked number three, topped Delaware 6-2 and Wake Forest 5-2 to advance to semifinal play. For the fifth consecutive year and the eighteenth appearance in program history, the Tar Heels advance to the Final Four. UNC is one of the three Atlantic Coast Conference teams who have advanced to the semifinals.
Maryland and Duke will meet in the first match held at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Va. at 2 p.m. on November 22. The UNC and UConn match will follow at 4:45 p.m.
Number two ranked Millersville shutout the reigning 2012 National Champion, West Chester, with a 1-0 decision. The Marauders improved to 19-2 on the season and advance for the first time in school history to play in the NCAA Division II semifinals at the National Training Center The squad is set to meet the South region’s number one ranked team, Shippensburg University, on November 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va.
Merrimack stunned number two seed Stonehill midway through the first sudden-victory period as the third ranked Warriors won 4-3 in overtime. The win marks the third consecutive semifinal appearance for Merrimack. The Warriors will face North region number one Long Island on November 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Salisbury punched their ticket to the program’s twelfth semifinal game as they attained a 4-1 victory against Wellesley in the Division III third round. Salisbury will take on Skidmore on November 22 at 2 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va. who defeated Middlebury 3-2. Skidmore ended Middlebury’s nine-game winning streak and earned the programs third semifinal appearance, the most recent coming in 2010.
Christopher Newport earned their first trip to the national semifinals as they edged Catholic 1-0. Newport will match up against Bowdoin on November 22 at 11a.m. in Virginia Beach, Va. Bowdoin enters the semifinals as veterans as the program has earned seven trips to the national semifinals in nine years. The Polar Bears advanced after upsetting top-seeded Montclair State 1-0.
Old Dominion University will host the Division I Semifinals on November 22 at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Va. The Division II and III Semifinals will be held on November 22 at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. All three divisions will compete on November 24 at Old Dominion for each NCAA Championship Final match.
For further tournament updates regarding all collegiate divisions, check usafieldhockey.com and ncaa.com