The first ticket to the 2010 NCAA tournament was punched on Saturday when No. 16 Princeton claimed the Ivy League title.
The Tigers defeated No. 13 Penn 2-1 in front of over 2,000 fans in New Jersey to claim their first title since 2001. Benjamin Burton got the hosts on the board on the half-hour mark with a headed goal and Antoine Hoppenot doubled Princeton's lead in the 70th minute. Thomas Brandt brought one back for the Quakers in the 85th minute but it served as little more than a consolation.
No. 15 Virginia continued their late-season slide with yet another anemic performance. The Cavaliers were upset 2-0 by ACC bottom-dwellers North Carolina State. Craig Sutherland and Akil DeFreitas provided the goals for the Wolfpack in its finale. Virginia, who finish the season 2-4-2 in the ACC, finished their conference campaign with a three-game winless streak.
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No. 10 Creighton were on the receiving end of an even more surprising upset, falling 2-1 to Bradley University. Christian Mesa put the visitors up in the 13th minute with a shot from 20 yards out. Jose Gomes equalized for the Blue Jays less than two minutes later before Aodahm Quinn put Bradley up for good in the 28th minute. Creighton couldn't find the equalizer in the second half, despite holding an 18-0 shot advantage.
In the Big East quarterfinals, Providence nicked a 2-1 road win over No. 25 Georgetown. Sophomore Marc Cintron broke a 1-1 deadlock with an 84th-minute strike. No. 1 Louisville shutout West Virginia 2-0 with goals from Charlie Campbell and Aaron Horton. No. 19 Notre Dame ended Marquette's postseason hopes with a 2-1 victory. Jeb Brovsky and Gra Van de Casteele provided goals for the Irish. No. 9 Connecticut and Cincinnati square off tonight to determine the fourth semifinalist to travel to Red Bull Arena this weekend.
Here is a rundown of the weekend's Top 25 action:
No. 13 William & Mary 2, Northeastern 1 (OT): Alan Koger netted a golden goal in the 96th minute for his fifth game-winning goal of the season.
No. 2 Akron 2, Hartwick 1: After going behind early, Ben Speas scored in the 68th minute and Michael Nanchoff converted a penalty kick for the Zips.
No. 17 Brown 4, Yale 1: Goals from T.J. Popolizio, Evan Coleman, Sean Rosa and Kevin Ganey gave the Bears a victory on senior night.
Wisconsin 1, No. 22 Penn State 0: Wisconsin got its first conference win in over a year thanks to a penalty kick from Aaron Nichols.
No. 7 UC-Irvine 2, Cal State-Fullerton 1: Mattias Bonvehi scored with 30 seconds left in regulation to hand the Anteaters a victory.
No. 25 UC-Santa Barbara 2, UC Riverside 0: Luis Silva netted a double for the Gaucho's on senior night.
No. 18 Charlotte 5, Rhode Island 2: Andres Cuero scored a brace while James Evans, Donnie Smith and Charles Rodriguez added goals of their own.
No. 11 Monmouth 1, Quinnipiac 1 (2OT): Monmouth were held to a draw for the second consecutive match. Erkko Puranen scored the only goal for the Hawks.
No. 12 UCLA 3, Oregon State 0: Shawn Singh, Victor Chavez and Chandler Hoffman scored in the second half for the Bruins.