Section 3 – CS360’s Exclusive NCAA Women’s Soccer History Notebook (2015) ... 

College Soccer 360 presents …
2015 Division I Women's Soccer
NCAA Tournament History Notebook
(2015)  ** SECTION 3 **

By Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com), for all research, writing & design
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 NCAAs


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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  (scroll down)
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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• NCAA DI Women’s Semifinals (Friday, Dec. 4; ESPNU):
5 ET: [2] Rutgers vs. [1] Penn State  |  Video Stream  (ESPN3)
7:30 ET: [3] Duke vs. [1] Florida State  |  Video Stream  (ESPN3)
Women’s Live-Stats Scoreboard: 
GameTracker version |  NCAA.com
Women’s Brackets: 
HTML (interactive)  |  PDF (printable)
NCAA Women’s 
Digital Program (rosters, history, etc.)

CS360 Dedicated Twitter List Feeds:
Women’s Quarterfinal Teams  |  (by quadrant): FSU  |  Penn St  |  Stanford  |  UVa

CS360 Bonus Video:
Duke sophomore defender Schuyler Debree (from the College Cup); link being added
Arizona coach 
Tony Amato
(more CS360 Video on the way soon)


* Note: all photos courtesy of the respective schools; some more historical pics may still be added. *


QUICK HIGHLIGHT NOTES – Here is a rundown of some of the more pertinent notes for the 2015 NCAA Semifinal field (more detailed further down the page). Note that this history page steadily has expanded over the past few years. For 2015, it has been reworked a bit, shifting certain items further down the page, etc.

Duke run after PKs


Bedeviled Bits (Duke; pictured above):

> One-Year Hiatus: Duke is one of only eight teams – and the first since Portland in 2000 – ever to reach the NCAA semifinals one year after missing the NCAAs altogether (the ’92 Duke team also was an NCAA semifinalist after missing the NCAAs the previous season … others include: SMU 95, George Mason ’93, Santa Clara ’89, Wisconsin ’88 and UCF ’87).

> Lower (Relative) Seed: Over the past 15 seasons (2001–15), Duke’s 2015 team is one of only 10 (out of 60 total teams) to reach the NCAA Semifinals while being outside the top–8 national seeds. Duke could join Notre Dame’s 2010 team as the only DI women’s soccer national champions to win the tile without being among the top–8 national seeds.

> Road Warriors: After winning at Florida and then prevailing in the penalty-kick shootout at Stanford, Duke became only the fourth NCAA semifinalist that has advanced to the final weekend via back-to-back games on the opponent’s field (previously done by Portland in 2000, FSU in 2003 and eventual NCAA champ Notre Dame in 2010).

> Men’s & Women’s Titles: Duke could become the fifth school ever to win NCAA men’s and women’s soccer titles, a distinction initially owned for over a decade by only North Carolina and Santa Clara (both in 2001, when UNC men and SCU women won their first titles) … before being joined a couple years ago by UCLA and Notre Dame, within one week of each other in 2013 (when the UCLA women and ND men won their first national titles).

Rutgers wins at UVa


• RU Serious? (Rutgerspictured above):

> Welcome To The Party: Rutgers continues a trend of teams making their NCAA Semifinal debut, becoming the sixth final-weekend newcomer over the past six seasons (2010–15, with two in 10 and one in all of the other years except 2012). The others include: Texas A&M (’14), Virginia Tech (’13), Wake Forest (’11) and the 2010 semifinal newcomer duo of Boston College College and Ohio State.

In the earlier five-year span from 2005–09, there was only one team that made its NCAA Semifinal debut … but that team (USC) went all the way to win the 2007 NCAA title. If Rutgers wins the 2015 NCAA title, the Scarlet Knights would become only the third champion to win the national title in its first trip to the NCAA final weekend (along with Florida in ’98 and USC in ’07; excluding of course the initial champions, UNC, in ’82).

FSU celebrate vs A&M


> Ireland native Megan Connolly (#3, left) has been a huge boost for Florida State, as a freshman attacking midfielder, helping fill the void after the graduation of four-year standout midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir. One year earlier, Vanderbilt transfer forward Cheyna Williams (#19) similarly was a big addition and helped FSU go on to win the 2014 NCAA title.


• Old Reliable (FSU):

> College Cup Five-Peat: Florida State is the only team back from the 2014 semifinal group and FSU’s current streak of five straight NCAA semifinal appearances is tied for the third-longest in the tournament’s history (others with five straight: UMass ’ 3–’87, ND ’06–’10 and Stanford ’08–’12 … while UCLA was a semifinalist for seven straight seasons from 2003–09 and UNC in 22 straight years, 1982–2003).

> Back-To-Back Titles: Florida State is seeking to join North Carolina as the only Division I women’s soccer programs ever to win back-to-back NCAA titles (UNC has won consecutive tiles 13 different times). Simply getting back to the semifinals is a noteworthy accomplishment, as only three of the past 13 national champs have returned to the NCAA final weekend in the next season (UNC repeated as champ in ’09; Stanford lost to UNC in the 2012 semifinals; and now FSU is tbd this weekend).

• The Semifinal Field:

Penn State hug vs WVU

Conference Matchups: The matchups between FSU and Duke and Penn State (right) vs. Rutgers mark the first time that both semifinals are between conference foes. There had been only seven previous NCAA semifinals between conference rivals, plus four NCAA title games featuring teams from the same league (including FSU over UVa for the 2014 title).  The 11 previous conference matchups during the NCAA final weekend included seven involving ACC teams, plus two between Pac-10 teams and one each involving Big East and WCC rivals.

> Rotating Champs: If Florida State fails to repeat (UNC remains the only back-to-back champ, doing so 13 different times), there will be six different champions over the past six seasons (ND–Stanford–UNC–UCLA–FSU–??). That also would yield a first-time champion, in a sport that has seen only 10 teams win the title during the first 33 seasons of DI women’s soccer (also George Mason, Florida, Santa Clara, Portland and USC).

Rutgers keeper UVA PKs


Winning/Advancing When It Matters: These four remaining teams have the lowest combined win pct. ever for a DI women’s soccer semifinal field (.794; 70–13–14), as Duke is 13–5–5, Florida State 18–2-4, Rutgers 19–3-3 and Penn State 20–3–2 (Duke and Rutgers both advanced from the quarterfinals in penalty-kick shootouts, which count as ties on the won-loss record … pictured above is Rutgers ‘keeper Casey Murphy, the likely U.S. Under-20 National Team starter, after winning the PK shootout at UVa). The 13 combined losses are tied for the second-most ever in a semifinal field (the 1989 semifinalist group of NC State, Santa Clara, Colorado College and UNC had 14 combined losses).

Back To The Final Weekend: Penn State (2012 and 2015) joined Florida State (2012 thru 15), Stanford (’12 & ’ 4) and Virginia (2013–14) as the only programs to appear in multiple NCAA Semifinals during the past four seasons (spanning the career of the current seniors). … There are five programs with multiple NCAA Semifinal appearances over the past five seasons, including three of the 2015 quartet: FSU (2011–15), Penn State (’12 & ’15) and Duke (’11 & ’15), plus Stanford (’11, ’12 & ’14) and Virginia (’13-’14).

#1 Seed Survival: Florida State and Penn State are the only top–4 national seeds remaining, as Virginia (vs. Rutgers) and Stanford (vs. Duke) both were edged in penalty kicks during their quarterfinal home games. This marks the first time since 2010 that two (or more) of the four #1 seeds failed to reach the NCAA final weekend (in 2010, top–4 national seeds Portland, Maryland and North Carolina all failed to match their seeds and did not reach the semifinals).

College  Cup History: Florida State’s nine NCAA semifinal appearances (’03; ’05–’07; ’11–’15) are tied with UCLA for 4th-most all-time (behind UNC’s 26, ND’s 12 and SCU’s 10). Penn State has become the 11th program (tied for 10th) to make five or more NCAA Semifinal appearances (’99, ’02, ’05, ’12 and ’15). Duke’s three trips to the NCAA final weekend (’92, ’11 and ’15) are tied for the 13th-most.

Emily Ogle head up vs WVU

B1G Weekend: In the first 21 seasons of Big Ten women’s soccer (1994–2014), the conference produced only five NCAA Semifinalist teams (Penn State ’99, ’02, ’05 and ’12; plus Ohio State in 2010) before this season’s historic feat of placing two teams (PSU and Rutgers) into the College Cup final weekend. That means there will be a Big Ten team in the NCAA title game, for only the third time (Wisconsin lost the 1991 final, 3–1 vs. UNC, while Penn State dropped a 4–1 final vs. UNC in 2012). Note that Wisconsin’s two NCAA semifinal appearances were prior to the start of Big Ten-sponsored women’s soccer.

> Penn State veteran midfielder Emily Ogle (right)
played a lead role in the quarterfinal win over West Virginia.

> Pushing Past the Quarters: Florida State now has advanced from the NCAA quarterfinals to the semifinals 9-of-12 times, among the best “advancing rates” in the tournament’s history (along with UNC 26-of-28; ND 12-of-15; George Mason 4-of-5). Penn State has moved on from the quarterfinals to the semifinals 5-of-11 times, and Duke 3-of-8 (Rutgers reached the final-8 for the first time).

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Most Trips to the NCAA College Cup Final Weekend (semifinals); ’82–’15 (34 yrs)
only 30 teams have advanced to the NCAA semifinals, in the 34-yr history of the tournament;
bold–2015 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) 
9 – 
Florida State  (2003 … 2005–07 … 2011–15)
9 – UCLA  (2000 … 2003–09 … 2013)
8 – Portland  (1994–96 … 1998 … 2000–02 ... 2005) 
7 – Stanford 
 (1993 … 2008–12 … 2014)
7 – Connecticut  (1982–84 … 1990 ... 1994 ... 1997 ... 2003)
6 – UMass  (1983–87 … 1993)
5 –  
Penn State (1999 … 2002 … 2005 … 2012 … 2015)
5 – Colorado College  (1985–86 … 1989-91)
4 –  George Mason  (1983 … 1985–86 ... 1993)

… three each for Duke ’92/’11/’15, Virginia ’91/’13/’14 and California ’84/’87/’88 
… two each for UCF ’82/’87, Wisconsin ’88/’91, N.C. State ’88/’89 and Florida ’98/’01 
… one each for 
Rutgers ’15, Texas A&M ’14, Virginia Tech ’13, Wake Forest ’11, Boston College ’10,
Ohio State ’10, USC ’07, Princeton ’04, SMU ’95, Hartford ’92 and Missouri-St. Louis ’82)

Notes: Four teams (FSU, Stanford, Virginia & Penn State) have made multiple NCAA Semifinal appearances over the past four seasons (2012–15), while Duke joins those four with multiple Final Weekend appearances over the past five seasons (2011–15). … Three of the top-11 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 (then UConn in 2013 and ’14)… most recently, in 2015, the #5 and #6 teams on this list (UCLA and Portland) did not even qualify for the NCAAs.

Reed flip throw

Rutgers senior Brianne Reid is a rarity: a center back who regular handles throw-ins … a flip-throw, to boot.

NCAA SEMIFINAL DEBUT FOR RUTGERS – Rutgers follows Texas A&M (2014) and Virginia Tech (2013), along with Wake Forest (2011) and the 2010 duo of Boston College and Ohio State, as teams recently making their debut in the NCAA Semifinals (six teams over the past six years, with none in 2012) … that pattern flipped the earlier trend from the previous five seasons (2005–09), when only one team (eventual 2007 champion USC) made its first appearance on the NCAA Semifinal stage … over the past 25 seasons (1991–2015), only 18 programs have made their NCAA Semifinal debut, and only two have gone on to win the title (Florida in ’98 and USC in ’07; with runner-up showings from semifinal newcomers Notre Dame in ’94 and UCLA in 2000) … if Rutgers gets past Penn State State in its 2015 semifinal, RU would become just the fifth team (since 1991) to make the most of its semifinal debut by advancing on to the title game (five straight have failed to do so: BC, OSU, Wake, VT and A&M):

> Teams Making Their NCAA Semifinal Debut (since 1991):
2015: Rutgers … result TBD
2014: Texas A&M … lost to Virginia (1–3)
2013: Virginia Tech … lost to Florida State (2–3)
2011: Wake Forest … lost to Duke (1–4)
2010: Boston College … lost to Stanford (0–2)
2010: Ohio State … lost to Notre Dame, 0–1 (ND won title)
2007: 
USC … CHAMPION (beat UCLA 2–1 and then FSU in 2–0 title game)
2004: Princeton … lost 2–0 vs. UCLA
2003: Florida State … lost to UConn (0–2)
2000: 
UCLA … runner-up (beat Portland 1–0 and lost to UNC 1–2)
1999: Penn State … lost to North Carolina, 0–2 (UNC won title)
1998: 
Florida … CHAMPION (won 1–0 vs. both Santa Clara and UNC)
1995: SMU … lost vs. Portland (2–4)
1994: Notre Dame … 
runner-up (beat Portland 1–0 and lost to UNC 0–5)
1994: Portland … lost to Notre Dame (0–1)
1993: Stanford … elim. by George Mason (1–1/PKs)
1992: 
Duke … runner-up (beat Hartford 1–0 and lost to UNC, 1–9)
1992: Hartford … lost vs. Duke (0–1)
1991: Virginia … lost to North Carolina, 1–5 (UNC won title)

FSU hug vs A&M


• Active streak of reaching College Cup final weekend   
5 – Florida State (2011–15 … runner-up in 2013, champion in 2014, tbd in 2015)
Notes: Notre Dame’s run of five straight trips to the NCAA semifinals (2006-10) ended in the 2011 first round (0-1 at Illinois), while Stanford’s five straight (2008-12) was halted in a 2013 round-of-16 loss at UCLA (0-2) … Virginia was stopped short of a third straight semifinal in 2015 (edged in PKs by Rutgers) … UCLA’s earlier 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 2015)
22 – North Carolina (1982–2003)
7 – UCLA (2003–09) 
5 – 
Florida State (2011–15), 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)

Notes: Stanford joined UNC, UCLA, ND, UMass and Santa Clara as the sixth program ever to have a senior class go to the final weekend four straight years (back-to-back Cardinal senior classes ended up doing so, followed by the 2014 Florida State seniors) … Florida State now has produced two consecutive senior classes that played in four straight College Cup final weekends … if Florida State makes it back to the NCAA semifinals in 2016, that will be six straight seasons and three consecutive senior classes that reached the College Cup final weekend during all four seasons of their respective careers (UNC and UCLA are the only programs with NCAA semifinal streaks of longer than five seasons).

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, a feat matched in 2013 (FSU, Virginia and Va. Tech) … there have been only four matchups – FSU’s win over UVa in 2015 being the first since 2002 – that have pitted women’s soccer teams from the same conference in the NCAA Division I title game (that can’t happen in 2015, although both semifinals are between conference foes, an unprecedented occurence) … as noted below, conference matchups in the semifinals also have been quite rare (particularly prior to 2007) … the 12 total games listed below include seven involving ACC teams (two with Pac-10 teams; one each WCC, BIG EAST and Big Ten):

> 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)
2015 – Florida State 1, Virginia 0  (Atlantic Coast Conference)

> 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)
2013 – Florida State 3, Virginia Tech 2  (ACC)
2015 – Florida State vs. Duke  (ACC) and Penn State vs. Rutgers  (Big Ten)

Duke huddle


• Conferences with Multiple Semifinalists in One Season (from 2001–15)
3 – ACC in 2011 (Duke/FSU/Wake) and 2013 (UVa/FSU/VT)
2 – WCC ’01 and ’02 (SCU/Portland) … 
ACC in ’03, ’06, ’12 (all UNC/FSU), ’14 (FSU/UVa) & ’15 (FSU/Duke)
… Pac-10 in 2007 (UCLA/USC), ’08 and ’09 (both Stanford/UCLA)… 
Big Ten in 2015 (PSU/Rutgers)
Note: in 2004, ’05 and ’10, the semifinalists for those respective years came from four different conferences


QUARTERFINAL TO SEMIFINAL ADVANCING RATE  (min. 5 semifinals)

92.9% – North Carolina  (has advanced from quarters to semifinals 26 of 28 times)
80.0% – Notre Dame  (12 of 15)    
80.0% – George Mason (4 of 5)    

75.0% – Florida State (9 of 12)     
71.4% – Santa Clara (10 of 14)     
71.4% – Colorado College (5 of 7)      

69.2% – UCLA  (9 of 13)        
60.0% – UMass (6 of 10)      
60% – California  (3 of 5)
58.3% – Stanford (7 of 12)
… failed to advance in 2015          

57.1% – Portland (8 of 14)      
45.5% – 
Penn State  (5 of 11)      
40.0% – Florida  (2 of 5)          

38.9% – Connecticut (7 of 18)     
37.5% – 
Duke  (3 of 8)  
33.3% – Virginia (3 of 9) 
… failed to advance in 2015        

25% – N.C. State  (2 of 8)      
20% – Boston College and Hartford  (each 1 of 5)      
16.7% – Texas A&M  (1 of 6) 
… failed to advance in 2015

Others
100% – Missouri-St. Loui4s, SMU, USC, Virginia Tech and 
Rutgers  (each 1 of 1)     
50% – UCF and Wisconsin (each 2 of 4); Princeton, Ohio State and Wake Forest (each 1 of 2)        

0-of-1 – Florida International, Dartmouth, Illinois, Georgetown, Long Beach State and South Carolina    
0-of-2 – Brown, Maryland, Nebraska, Washington, Oklahoma State, BYU, Michigan & *West Virginia    
0-of-3 – Cortland State and Harvard      
0-of-4 – Clemson     
0-of-5 – William & Mary   
0-of-6 – UC Santa Barbara

* – WVU failed to advance from 2015 quarterfinals (others noted above)     

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

Raquel Rodriguez vs WVU



> Costa Rica native and senior midfielder Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez (#11, right) joins senior forward Mallory Weber as current Penn State players who started as freshman in the 2012 NCAA title game.




NCAA Championship
Game Appearances
;
1982–2014 (33 yrs; with 2015 tbd)

only 19 teams have advanced to the NCAA title game, in the 33-yr history of the tournament (Rutgers would be #20)
bold–2015 NCAA semifinalists

24 – North Carolina  (1982–94, 1996–2001, 2003, 2006, 2008–09, 2012) 
8 – Notre Dame 
 (1994–96, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) 
4 – UCLA  (2000, 2004, 2005, 2013)
4 – Connecticut  (1984, 1990, 1997, 2003)

3 – 
Florida State  (2007, 2013–14)
3 – Stanford 
 (2009–11)
3 – Portland  (1995, 2002, 2005) 

3 – George Mason  (1983, 1985, 1993)
2 – Duke (1992, 2011)
2 – Santa Clara  (2001–02) 

2 – Colorado College  (1986, 1989)
1 –  
Penn State (2012)
1 – Virginia (2014)
1 – USC (2007)
1 – Florida (1998)
1 – Wisconsin (1991)
1 – North Carolina State (1988)
1 – UMass  (1987)
1 – UCF (1982)

> Advancing Rate: Semifinal to Championship Game (min. 5 semifinals; others below)
92.3% (24-of-26) – North Carolina  (21 titles, see below for all champ. teams)
66.7% (8-of-12) – Notre Dame  (3 titles)
57.1% (4-of-7) – Connecticut  
44.4% (4-of-9) – UCLA   (1 title)  
42.9% (3-of-7) – Stanford  (1 title)   
40.0% (2-of-5) – Colorado College    
37.5% (3-of-8) – Portland  (2 titles)   
37.5% (3-of-8) – Florida State (2015 tbd; 1 title) 
25.0% (1-of-4) – Penn State (2015 tbd)   
20.0% (2-of-10) – Santa Clara  (1 title)   
16.7% (1-of-6) – Massachusetts    

(2-of-2) – Duke (2015 tbd)    
(1-of-1) – USC  (1 title) 
(3-of-4) – George Mason  (1 title)
(1-of-2) – Florida (1 title), Wisconsin, N.C. State and UCF   
(1-of-3) – Virginia    
(0-of-1) – Missouri-St. Louis, Hartford, SMU, Princeton, Boston Coll., Ohio St, Wake Forest, Va Tech, Texas A&M    
(0-of-3) – California    
Rutgers 2015 is TBD


NCAA DI Women’s Soccer Championship Titles; ’82–’14 (33 yrs; with 2015 tbd)
only 10 programs have won NCAA titles, in the 33-yr history of the tournament (PSU, Duke or Rutgers would be #11)
bold–2015 NCAA semifinalists

21 – North Carolina  (1982–94, 1996–2001, 2003, 2006, 2008–09, 2012) 
3 – Notre Dame 
 (1995, 2004, 2010) 
2 – Portland  (2002, 2005) 
1 – Florida State  (2014)
1 – UCLA  (2013)

1 – Stanford 
 (2011)
1 – USC (2007)
1 – Santa Clara  (2001) 
1 – Florida (1998)
1 –  George Mason  (1985)

> Success Rate: Winning NCAA Title Game (min. 3 title games; others below)
87.5% (21-of-24) – North Carolina
66.7% (2-of-3) – Portland
37.5% (3-of-8) – Notre Dame  
33.3% (1-of-3) – Florida State (2015 tbd) 
33.3% (1-of-3) – Stanford
33.3% (1-of-3) – George Mason
25.0% (1-of-4) – UCLA 

(1-of-1) – USC and Florida
(1-of-2) – Santa Clara
(0-of-1) – Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, N.C. State, UMass and UCF

(0-of-2) – Duke and Colorado College    
(0-of-4) – Connecticut  


Seeds of College Cup Final-Weekend Participants (semifinalists; from 2001–15)
Seeds 1-4 … 36  (includes recent system of four #1s, w/ FSU & PSU in 2015) … outside top-4 seeds: 24
Seeds 5-8  14  (includes Rutgers in 2015)
Seeds 9-12
  4  (includes Duke in 2015; also FSU ’03 & ’07, and Ohio State ‘10)
Seeds 13-16  4  (SCU & UCLA in 2004; ND in ’07 & ’10)
* Others ... 2  (Penn State '02 and Connecticut 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) 

… Duke’s 2015 squad is one of only 10 teams (out of 60; since 2001) to reach the NCAA Semifinals without being a top–8 seed … the trend is even more exclusive/top-heavy over the past eight seasons (2008–15), as 29 of the 32 semifinalists have been top–8 seeds (all but ND and OSU in 2010, and Duke this season) … and then in the past five seasons (2011–15), the 20 semifinalists have included 15 top–4 national seeds, four more among the top–8, and the 2015 Duke team.


Seeds of College Cup Title Game Participants (finalists; from 1994–2014, with 2015 tbd)
Seeds 1-4 … 30 (includes recent system of four #1s) … outside top-4 seeds: 12 (29%)
Seeds 5-8  8 … outside top-8 seeds: 5 (9%)
Seeds 9-12  1  (Florida State in ’07, one of four #3 seeds)
Seeds 13-16  2  (14-seed UCLA in ’04 and Notre Dame in ’10, one of four #4 seeds) 
* Other … 1  (Connecticut in ’03; non among top-16 seeds)

Notes: In the 21-year span from 1994–2014, nearly three-fourths of the NCAA title-game participants (30 of 42; 71%) were top–4 national seeds … virtually all of the NCAA finalists from 1994–2014 (38 of 42; 91%) were seeded among the national top–8 (the four that were not are listed above), with Duke having the chance to reach the 2015 title game as a seed outside the top–8 (as one of the four #3 seeds) – which would be only the fifth team to do so in the 1994–2015 span. 


Seeds of NCAA DI Women’s Soccer Champions (1982–2004, with 2015 tbd)
Seeds 1-4 … 27 (includes recent system of four #1s) … outside top-4 seeds: 6 (19%)
Seeds 5-8  5 … outside top-8 seeds: 1 (3%)
Seeds 9-12  0
Seeds 13-16  1  (Notre Dame in 2010, one of four #4 seeds) 

Notes: Duke’s 2015 squad could join the 2010 Notre Dame team as the only NCAA champions that have not come from the top–8 national seeds (in the event’s 34-year history) …. the five champions that were seeded in the #5–#8 range include: North Carolina (2000 and 2012), Portland (2002), USC (2007) and UCLA (2013), with the 2015 Rutgers team having the chance to join that group … every other champion (27 of 33) has been a top–4 national seed (19 UNC titles, ND’s in ’95 and ’04, Portland in ’05, plus GMU, Florida, SCU, Stanford and FSU). 

DEVILS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE: Duke is one of only eight teams – and the first since Portland in 2000 – ever to reach the NCAA semifinals one year after missing the NCAAs altogether … the ’92 Duke team also was an NCAA semifinalist after missing the NCAAs the previous season … others include: SMU ’95, George Mason ’93, Santa Clara ’89, Wisconsin ’88 and UCF ’87 … the only teams on this list to reach the title game are Duke in ’92 and George Mason the next season (see below) … Duke also is one of only 20 programs ever to compile a double-digit NCAA Tournament streak (2003–13), which ended a year ago but helped spark the 2015 run to the season’s final weekend.

> Teams that missed NCAAs but reached NCAA Semifinals the next season:
1987: UCF  (lost to UMass, 1–2)
1988: Wisconsin  (lost to UNC, 0–3)
1989: Santa Clara  (lost to Colorado College, 0–2)
1992: Duke (beat Hartford 1–0 and lost final vs. UNC, 1–9)
1993: George Mason  (adv. vs. Stanford, 1–1/PKs; lost final vs. UNC, 0–6)
1995: SMU  (lost 2–4 vs. Portland)
2000: Portland (lost 0–1 vs. UCLA)

2015: Duke (result TBD)

Imani Dorsey at Florida





> Imani Dorsey (#3, left) and her Duke teammates took a rare road path to the NCAA Semifinals, first winning at Florida in the round-of-16 (pict.) and then advancing in a quarterfinal at Stanford.




2015 ROAD WARRIORS – Duke’s 2015 advancement at Florida (2–1; rd-of-16) and then at Stanford (1–1 quarterfinal; adv. 3–2 on PKs) marks only the fourth time in the tournament’s 34-year history of that a team has advanced in back-to-back games on the opponent’s field to reach the NCAA semifinals (Duke was one of the four national #3 seeds, while Florida was a #2 and Stanford a #1) … five years earlier, Notre Dame’s 2010 NCAA tournament road included a round-of-16 win at North Carolina (4–1) and a 2–0 quarterfinal at Oklahoma State (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 State) 

… there essentially have been 200 teams that played on the opponent’s field 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 opponent’s field in the quarterfinals (many of the teams lost in the round before the quarters) – meaning that only 4-of-200 teams (1-in-50) 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:

• Advanced in Consecutive Games On Opponent’s Field To Reach NCAA Semifinals:
2000: [3] Portland … adv. at [2] Washington and at [7] Penn State to reach NCAA semifinals
2003: [11] 
Florida State … adv. at [6] West Virginia and [3] Florida 
2010: [13-16] 
Notre Dame … adv. at [1-4] North Carolina & [9-12] Oklahoma State
2015: [9-12] 
Duke … adv. at [5-8] Florida and [1-4] Stanford  

> In 2000, Portland had a first-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.).

> 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.).


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 on to the win the 2010 NCAA title … 11 months later, Notre Dame suffered an NCAA first-round loss at Illinois (1-0) – becoming the first (and still only) defending champ ever to be eliminated before the NCAA round-of-32.


> Most recently, in 2015Duke (one of four #3 national seeds) opened the NCAAs at home with a 5–0 domination of CAA Tournament champion James Madison before heading to Gainesville, with a 2–0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast and then the 2–1 win at Florida (one of four national #2 seeds) … one week later, the Blue Devils were on the other side of the country and survived/advanced at Stanford (one of four national #1 seeds), 1–1 and 3–2 in the penalty-kick shootout.

… 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), while Duke outscored Florida and Stanford by a 3–2 margin … the first three teams listed above (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”) … as for Duke, advancing on the road vs. a #2 and #1 national seed sets the Blue Devils apart from the other teams above. 

Side Note – 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 ’ 3 & ’ 4 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).

’NOLES SEEKING RARE REPEAT: Florida State is seeking to join North Carolina as the only Division I women’s soccer programs ever to win back-to-back NCAA titles (UNC has won consecutive tiles 13 different times). Simply getting back to the semifinals is a noteworthy accomplishment, as only three of the past 13 national champs have returned to the NCAA final weekend in the next season (UNC repeated as champ in ’09; Stanford lost to UNC in the 2012 semifinals; and FSU is tbd this weekend).

> Recent NCAA Champions That Returned To NCAA Semifinals (for 2002–14 title teams)
2014 champion Florida State  (2015 finish is TBD)
2011 champion Stanford (lost 2012 semifinal vs. UNC)
2008 champion North Carolina repeated as champion
… 10 other recent champs did not get back to the NCAA Semifinals the next season: Portland (’02 & ’05 champ), UNC (’03, ’06, ’09 and ’12), ND (’04 & ’10), USC (’07) and UCLA (’13).
 

> NCAA Tournament Finishes By Defending Champion:
• 13 repeated as champion (North Carolina in 1983, ’84, ’87-’94, ’97, 2000, ’09;  FSU tbd 2015)

• 5 runner-up (UNC in ’85, ’98 and ’01, Notre Dame in ’96, and Santa Clara in ’02;  FSU tbd 2015)

• 4 other semifinalists (George Mason in ’86, UNC in ’95, Stanford in ’12;  FSU in 2015/so far)

• 4 other quarterfinalists (Notre Dame in ’05, Portland in ’06, UNC in ’13 and UCLA in ’14)

• 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 (FSU would be 19th)
> 22 have made it back to the College Cup final weekend (semifinals), but only 3 of the past 13 (after 19 of the first 20)
> 26 to at least the quarterfinals and 31 of the 33 have made it to at least the round-of-16


ROTATING CHAMPS – Regardless of who won the 2011 NCAA title, it was going to be the fifth different champion in a seven-year span (2005-11; Portland ’05, UNC ’06/’08/’09, USC ’07, ND ’ 0, Stanford ’ 1) and it actually 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 … if Florida State does not win the 2015 NCAA title, that will yield six different champions over the past six years (Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina, UCLA, Florida State and TBD).

Overbeck and Church

> Longtime Duke assistant coach Carla Werden Overbeck (far left; 23rd season with the Devils) was a key piece of the UNC dynasty and is one of the top defenders in college soccer history. Duke  this week could join UNC, Santa Clara, UCLA & Notre Dame as schools with NCAA men’s & women’s soccer titles.

SCHOOLS WITH NCAA MEN’S & WOMEN’S SOCCER TITLES – Duke this weekend could become the fifth school ever to win NCAA titles in both men’s and women’s soccer (the Duke men were the 1986 champions) … that distinction initially was owned for over a decade by only North Carolina and Santa Clara (both in 2001, when the UNC men and SCU women won their first titles) … the Tar Heels and Broncos then were joined a couple years ago by UCLA and Notre Dame, within one week of each other in 2013 (when the UCLA women and ND men won their first national titles).

> NCAA Titles in Men’s and Women’s Soccer:
Santa Clara – men 1989 co-champion … women 2001 champion
North Carolina – women 21-time champion (first in ’82) … men champs in 2001 and ’11
UCLA – men champs in 1985, ’90, ’07 and 2002 … women 2013 champion
Notre Dame – women champs in 1995, 2004 and ’10 … men champs in 2013
Notes – Duke’s women are a 2015 semifinalist/TBD (Duke men won ’86 title) … the Virginia men are six-time NCAA champs (’91–’94, ’09 and ’14) while the UVa women were close in 2014, losing the NCAA final vs. FSU.


WE’RE #1 (so are we …) – When Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest and Florida State all reached the 2011 College Cup’s final weekend, it marked only the second time since 1997 (but second time in four seasons) that each of the top-4 national seeds held form and reached the NCAA semifinals … in 2008, it had been North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA comprising that elite final foursome 

… North Carolina’s 2012 quarterfinal win at BYU meant only three of the top-4 seeds reached the 2012 College Cup final weekend … UCLA’s 2013 quarterfinal win at UNC, and then Virginia’s 2014 quarterfinal victory at UCLA, also meant that only three #1 seeds reached the final weekend in both of those seasons (followed by only two of the #1 seeds, Florida State and Penn State, reaching the 2015 NCAA semifinals) … over the past five seasons (2011–15), on average 3.0 of the top–4 national seeds have reached the NCAA semifinals (from ’11-’15: 4–3–3–3–2).

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 same 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 reached the semifinals, followed by three more in both 2013 and ’14, but only two in 2015.

Top-4 national seeds that have failed to reach the College Cup semifinals (1997–2015)
(37%, 28 of 76, have not reached the semifinals; from 1997–2015)

1997 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals
1998 (1) – Notre Dame (#4 overall seed) did not reach the semifinals
1999 (2) – Florida (#3 overall seed) and Nebraska (#4)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2000 (2) – Washington (#2 overall seed) and Clemson (#3)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2001 (1) – UCLA (#3 overall seed)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2002 (3) – Stanford (#1 overall seed), Pepperdine (#3) and Connecticut (#4)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2003 (2) – Notre Dame (#2 overall seed) and Florida (#3)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2004 (3) – North Carolina (#1 overall seed), Penn State (#2) and Virginia (#3)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2005 (1) – North Carolina (one of four #1s)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2006 (2) – Texas and Santa Clara (two of four #1s)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2007 (3) – North Carolina, Penn State and Stanford (three of four #1s)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2008 (0) – all four #1 seeds advanced to semifinals
 didn’t reach semifinals
2009 (1) – Florida State (one of four #1s)
 didn’t reach semifinals
2010 – Portland, Maryland and North Carolina (three of four #1s)
 didn’t reach semifinals 
2011 (0) – all of the top-4 seeds advanced to semifinals
2012 (1) – BYU (one of four #1s)  didn’t reach semifinals … [2] North Carolina adv. & won title
2013 (1) – North Carolina (one of four #1s)  didn’t reach semifinals … [2] UCLA adv. vs. UNC & won title
2014 (1) – UCLA (one of four #1s)  didn’t reach semifinals… [2] Virginia adv. vs. UCLA & was runner-up
2015 (2) – UVa & Stanford (two of four #1s) didn’t reach semi’s … [2] Rutgers (at UVa) & [3] Duke (at Stanford) adv.

(the above list includes UNC five times…Florida & Stanford three times…four teams twice: ND, PSU, UCLA, UVa)
– it’s interesting to note above that UNC (one of the #2 national seeds) won at BYU (a #1 seed) in a 2012 quarterfinal and went on to win the title … the role flipped for the Heels a year later in 2013, as a visiting 2–seed (UCLA) won its quarterfinal at a #1 seed (UNC), and the Bruins went on to win it all … UVa then did the same at UCLA in 2014 (although the Cavs lost the final to FSU) … this season, Rutgers was the 2–seed that knocked out a 1–seed (yes, UVa, to maintain the pattern) in the quarterfinal round.

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) … through 2015, it now has been 12 straight years since a team outside the top-16 national seeds reached the College Cup final weekend (UConn in 2003). No unseeded teams reached the 2014 NCAA quarterfinals, although Virginia Tech and UCF were round-of-16 participants despite not being top-16 seeds. Most recently, in 2015, unseeded Texas A&M reached the quarterfinals but lost at defending champion Florida State. 

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)
2015 – 12 … 7 … 2  (Florida State and Penn State)
2014 – 14 … 7 … 3  (Stanford, Florida State, Texas A&M)
2013 – 8 … 5 … 3  (Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech)
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–'15) ... 5.4 in quarters (’01–’15) ... 2.4 in semifinals ('01–’15) 

Notes – Only 9-of-16 seeds reached 2011 round-of-16 (fewest since tourney went to 16 seeds in ’03), then 12 in ’12 and then down to only 8-of-16 seeds that made the rd-of-16 in 2013 (before swelling to 14 in 2014, and then 12 in 2015).

CONFERENCE ENTRIES IN THE SEMIFINALS – During the past 15 seasons (2001–15), dating back to the first year of the NCAA 64-team format (2001), the Atlantic Coast Conference has led the way with 23 total entrants in the semifinals (1.5 per year), followed by 15 from the Pac-10/Pac-12, accounting for 63% of the semifinalists over the past 15 seasons (38 of 60) … next on that list is the BIG EAST, with seven semifinalists during the 64-team tournament era (’01–’15), followed by the Big Ten and West Coast Conference with six each … the ACC, Pac-10, BIG EAST, Big Ten and WCC have combined to produce 95% of the semifinalist teams (57 of 60) during the past 15 seasons (the others are two SEC and one Ivy League team).

NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001–15  (sorted by conferences)

23 – Atlantic Coast Conference  (Florida State 9, North Carolina 7, Duke 2, Virginia 2, 
Boston College 1, Wake Forest 1 and Virginia Tech 1)

15 – Pacific-10/12 Conference  (UCLA 8, Stanford 6, USC 1)

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

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

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

2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida, Texas A&M)

1 – Ivy League  (Princeton)


ALL-TIME NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS  (sorted by conferences)

42 – Atlantic Coast Conf.  (since ’86; UNC 22, FSU 9, UVa 3, Duke 3, NC St 2, BC 1, Wake 1, VT 1)
18 – West Coast Conference  (Santa Clara 10, Portland 8)
17 – Pacific-10/12 Conference  (since ’93; UCLA 9, Stanford 7, USC 1)
14 – BIG EAST Conference  (since ’93; ND 11, UConn 3)

7 – Big Ten Conference  (since ’94; Penn State 5, Ohio State 1, Rutgers 1)
2 – Southeastern Conference  (Florida 2, Texas A&M 1)
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).


NCAA SEMIFINAL TEAMS FROM 2001–15  (sorted by conference)

> Atlantic Coast Conference  (23 appearances, by 7 teams)
Florida State
 (9) … 2003, ’05-’07, ’11-’15  
North Carolina (7) ... 2001-03, ’06, ’08-’09, '12

Duke (2) … 2011, 2015
Virginia (2) … 2013-14
Boston College (1) … 2010
Wake Forest (1) … 2011
Virginia Tech (1) … 2011

> Pacific-10/12 Conference  (15 appearances, by 3 teams)
UCLA (8) ... 2003-09, 2013
Stanford (6) ... 2008-12, 2014
USC (1) … 2007

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

> Big Ten Conference  (6 appearances, by 3 teams)
Penn State
 (2) ... 2002, ’05, ’12, ’15
Rutgers (1) … 2015
Ohio State (1) … 2010

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

> Southeastern Conference  (2 appearances, by 2 teams)
Florida (1) … 2001
Texas A&M (1) … 2014

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

Yearly Conference Qualifiers in NCAA Semifinals (from 2001–15)

Conf. ......... '01...'02...’03..’04..’05..'06...'07...'08...’09..’10…’11..’12.. ’13.. ’14.. ’15

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEC ………. 1 in 2001, 1 in 2014


SEMIFINALIST REPEAT – The 2009 season remains only the second time in the 34-year history of the D-I women’s soccer tournament that all four of the 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 2009 final-four programs remaining) ... Stanford was the only 2010 semifinalist back for the final weekend in 2011, while Stanford and FSU returned to the semifinals in 2012, with FSU the only 2013 semifinalist that also had been among the final four teams playing in ’12 (FSU and UVa were back to the semifinals in ’14, while FSU is the only semifinalist in both 2014 and ’15).


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 the 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 Womens 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 were combined .837, at 74-12-6, then 86-7-8/.891 in 2013 and 86-6-6/.908 for 2014, followed by only 70–23–14/.794 in 2015 (PSU 20–3–2, Rutgers 19–3–3, FSU 18–2–4 and Duke 13–5–5)

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 17 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 Womens 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)

2014 – 86-6-6 (.908) … FSU (22-1-1), Stanford (20-1-3), UVa (22-2-0), A&M (22-2-2)

1999 – 86-8-2 (.906) … Santa Clara (23-0-0), UNC (22-2-0), Penn St (21-3-1), ND (20-3-1)

2013 – 86-7-8 (.891) … UVa (24-1-0), UCLA (21-1-2), FSU (22-1-3), Va. Tech (19-4-3)


• Fewest Combined Losses in a Division I Womens Soccer Semifinal Field

2008– 2 (92-2-5/.955)…Notre Dame (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, 2009-15
(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), 2013 (UVa)
0 – 1982-94, 1996, 1999, 2000-02, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010-12, 2014-15
(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 final 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), ’13 (UVa) 

0 – 1982-90, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014-15

(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) … ’14 (FSUUVa, A&M)

2 – 1994 (UNCND) ... '95 (UNC, SMU) ... '96 (UNCND) ... '99 (Santa Clara, UNC) ... 
2005 (Penn State, 
Portland) ... '06 (UNCND) … ’13 (UVa, FSU)

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

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1987-88, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2007, 2012, 2015

(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)
 … ’13 (UVa, FSU
UCLA) … ’14 (FSUUVa, A&M)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2011 (StanfordDuke)

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

0 – 1982-83, 1985, 1988, 1990, 2007, 2012, 2015

(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) … 2014 (Florida StateVirginia, Stanford, Texas A&M)

3 – 1998 (FloridaUNC, Santa Clara) ... 2006 (UNCND, UCLA) … 2012 (Stanford, FSU, PSU)
2013 (UVa, FSU
UCLA)

2 – 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2011 (Stanford, Duke), 2012 (FSU, PSU)

1 – 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2015

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 34 years of the NCAA Championship (’82-’15), there now have been 33 teams (roughly one per year) that have entered the College Cup final weekend/semifinals without a loss (including recently Stanford in 2009, ’10 and ’11, also earlier 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 11 years, but none since 2011, 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 a 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 seven semifinal fields with no unbeaten teams – six of them coming in the past 14 years (1983, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2012-14)

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

.939 – 2013  (45-2-2 … Virginia 24-1-0 … UCLA 21-1-2) ... UCLA won NCAA title

team in italics won/advanced (6 of those 11 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

45-2-2/.939 – 2013  (Virginia 24-1-0 … UCLA 21-1-2) ... UCLA won NCAA title

45-3-1/.929 – 1997  (Notre Dame 23-0-1 ... UConn 22-3-0) … UNC won NCAA title

44-4-2/.900 – 2014  (Virginia 22-2-0 … Texas A&M 22-2-2)

43-5-1/.888 – 1999  (UNC 22-2-0 … Penn State 21-3-1) … UNC won NCAA title

team in italics won/advanced (7 of those 10 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).

… Now, in 2015, the four semifinalists have set a new mark for lowest combined win pct. (.794, see  below):


• Lowest Combined Win Percentage in a Division I Women’s Soccer Semifinal Field:

2015 – .794 (70-13-14) … Duke (13-5-5), Florida St. (18-2-4), Rutgers (19-3-3), Penn St (20-3-2)

1989 – .813 (66-14-3) ... NC St (15-7-2), Santa Clara (14-4-0), CO 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), S. Clara (19-4-1), Penn St (19-3-1), UNC (21-1-4)

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

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

2011 – .843 (80-12-7) ... Stanford (23-0-1), Duke (21-2-1), Wake Forest (18-3-4), FSU (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), CO Coll. (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 St (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:

1989 –14 (66-14-3/.813) ... NC St (15-7-2), S.Clara (14-4-0), CO Coll. (15-3-0), UNC (22-0-1)

2015 – 13 (70-13-14/.794) … Duke (13-5-5), Florida St. (18-2-4), Rutgers (19-3-3), Penn St (20-3-2)

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 St (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), S. Clara (18-4-2), Princeton (19-2-0), ND (23-1-1)

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

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

2012 – 12 (74-12-6/.837) ... Stanford (21-1-1), FSU (20-3-0), Penn St (20-3-2), UNC (13-5-3)

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

1990– 10 (66-10-5/.846) … UConn (14-7-1), CO Col. (16-2-2), UNC (18-1-1) S.Clara (18-0-1)

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

Nickolette Driese vs WVU




> Penn State junior midfielderNickolette Driesse (left, #23) – a transfer from Florida State – could face her former team in what would be a title-game matchup between #1 seeds.



DREAM TITLE-GAME MATCHUPS

Best combined win pct. of teams in an NCAA title game:

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.)


Most combined wins in an NCAA title game –
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:

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)

2014 – 46-3-1 (FSU 23-1-1, Virginia 23-2-0)

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

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

2013 – 44-2-6 (Florida State 23-1-3, UCLA 21-1-3)

1999 – 44-5-1 (UNC 23-2-0, ND 21-3-1)


Lowest combined win pct. of teams in NCAA title game
(TBD for 2015):

2012 – .781 (35-8-5) … North Carolina 14-5-3, Penn State 21-3-2

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


Most Wins in a Season (1982–2014 … prior to 2015 NCAA semifinals)
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 and ’11 … teams with 24 wins have included UNC in ’84, ’86, ’89, ’91, ’99 and ’01, plus UVa in '13 and FSU in '14 ... there have been three 27-win teams, five with 26-plus, 15 with 25-plus and 23 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 (25-0-1)
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), '86 (22-0-1), '87 (21-0-1), ’89 (22-0-1), ’97 (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.


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 (has not happened in 2011–15):
• 1992 – Duke and Hartford made their first semifinal appearances (Duke beat Hartford in a 1-0 semifinal, then lost 9-1 to UNC in tITLE game) ... Duke and Hartford had yet to return to the NCAA semifinals (Duke back in 2011).
• 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) … 2014 semifinalist Florida State has two non-sequential title-game losses, in 2007 vs. USC (0-2) and in 2013 vs. UCLA (0-1, in OT).

FINAL-WEEK DROUGHT – Since winning its second NCAA Tournament title in 2005, Portland has yet to return to the NCAA Semifinals (a 10-year drought), while USC has gone eight seasons (’08–’15) without an NCAA Semifinal appearance since winning the national title in 2007. Notre Dame now has not returned to the NCAA Semifinals for five straight seasons, since winning it all in 2010 (UNC was the 2012 champ and UCLA won in 2013, with neither returning to the final weekend since those title wins).

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