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Maryland, Wake Forest headline field for College Cup tournament

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After the final weekend of regular season and conference tournament action, the field is set for the 48-team men’s college soccer tournament.

The first round of College Cup action will kick off on Thursday night. The 16 highest-ranked teams receive a first round-bye, and will host the winner of Thursday’s play-in games on Sunday.

Maryland enters the tournament as the top-ranked team, and will meet the winner of Thursday’s match between Providence and Delaware. Rounding out the top five are fellow contenders Wake Forest, Clemson, Louisville and Stanford.

The third round will take place November 26 and 27, with the quarterfinals being played December 2 and 3. The final three matches of the College Cup will be hosted by BBVA Compass Stadium on December 9 and 11.

Here’s a closer round at the tournament field:

NCAA TOURNAMENT

First Round (Thursday, November 17)

Providence vs. Delaware

Creighton vs. Tulsa

South Florida vs. FGCU

Darmouth vs. St. Francis

South Carolina vs. Mercer

Boston College vs. Fordham

New Mexico vs. Portland

San Diego State vs. UNLV

CSUN vs. Pacific

Vermont vs. Rider

Loyola Chicago vs. Illinois-Chicago

UCLA vs. Colgate

Akron vs. Villanova

Virginia Tech vs. Eastern Tennessee State

Michigan State vs. SIUE

Coastal Carolina vs. Radford

Second Round (Sunday, November 20)

(1) Maryland vs. Providence/Delaware

(16) Kentucky vs. Creighton/Tulsa

(9) North Carolina vs. South Florida/FGCU

(8) Syracuse vs. Darmouth/St. Francis

(3) Clemson vs. South Carolina/Mercer

(14) Albany vs. Boston College/Fordham

(11) Washington vs. New Mexico/Portland

(6) Denver vs. San Diego State/UNLV

(5) Stanford vs. CSUN/Pacific

(12) Virginia vs. Vermont/Rider

(13) Notre Dame vs. Loyola Chicago/Illinois-Chicago

(4) Louisville vs. UCLA/Colgate

(7) Indiana vs. Akron/Villanova

(10) Charlotte vs. Virginia Tech/Eastern Tennessee State

(15) Butler vs. Michigan State/SIUE

(2) Wake Forest vs. Coastal Carolina/Radford

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