NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four BIG EAST women’s soccer teams are headed to the NCAA Championship, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Golden Eagles (16-2-2), who won their first tournament title on Sunday, earned the league’s automatic berth. The Hoyas (15-3-3), Irish (13-5-2) and Scarlet Knights (12-7-1) were at-large selections. Both Marquette and Notre Dame will host First Round matchups. It is the second straight year the league has had four teams in the tournament.
Marquette is one of the hottest teams in the country riding a 14-game unbeaten streak. The Golden Eagles have not lost since early September and have won six in a row. Marquette will host Illinois State on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Marquette is making its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship and its 11th overall.
Marquette is led by BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Ally Miller. The senior has helped anchor a defense that has allowed just 2.8 shots on goal per contest. The Golden Eagles are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Championship. Marquette is ranked No. 15 in the most recent NSCAA poll and No. 10 by SoccerAmerica. The Golden Eagles won the league’s American Division for the fourth straight year.
Georgetown is having one of its best seasons in program history. GU clinched a share of the league’s National Division regular-season crown and reached the title game of the BIG EAST Championship for the first time in school history. The Hoyas will play at Virginia Tech. Georgetown is making its third appearance in the NCAA Championship and first trip since 2010.
Georgetown is led by BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Corboz who has tallied league highs of 41 points and 17 goals. Under the direction of BIG EAST Coach of the Year Dave Nolan, the Hoyas were a perfect 13-0-0 at home/neutral sites. Georgetown is ranked No. 13 in the most recent NSCAA poll and No. 18 by SoccerAmerica.
Notre Dame will host Milwaukee in its First Round matchup. The Irish were selected for their 20th straight NCAA Championship and have won the tournament three times, most recently in 2010. Notre Dame is ranked No. 25 in the most recent NSCAA poll and No. 20 by SoccerAmerica.
Rutgers heads to Colgate for its First Round contest. The Scarlet Knights earned their seventh berth to the NCAA Championship and first since 2009. Redshirt-senior and All-BIG EAST First Team selection Jonelle Filigno leads the team with 33 points and 14 goals. This will be the 10th meeting between Rutgers and Colgate, with the Scarlet Knights owning 6-1-2 record. The two teams last faced off on Oct. 27, 2010, when RU earned a 4-1 victory.
Thirty conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2012 championship, while the remaining 34 teams were selected at-large. The top 16 teams are seeded and conference teams cannot play each other in the first or second rounds. When pairing teams, the committee follows geographic proximity parameters. Sites are selected for the first round to create the least number of flights.
First-round matches will be played at campus sites Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Second-round matches will be played Friday, Nov. 16 at campus sites, and third-round matches will be played Sunday, Nov. 18, at the same campus sites. Quarterfinal matches will be played Nov. 23, 24 or 25 also on campus sites.
The 31st annual Women’s College Cup will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif., with University of San Diego serving as host. The first national semifinal will be played at 8:30 p.m. ET and be shown live on ESPN3.com and in tape delay on ESPNU Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The second semifinal will begin at approximately 11 p.m. ET live on ESPNU. The national championship match will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. ET and will also be broadcast live on ESPNU.