The Boston College women's soccer program capped off another successful season by earning a number four seed in the NCAA tournament. The women went 11-5-2 overall and 6-4-0 in the ultra-competitive ACC, placing BC fifth behind Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
This is the ninth straight season the Eagles have made the NCAA Tournament, and 15th time overall.
Boston College will look to repeat their trip to the College Cup and will open the tournament on Sunday against Marist at the Newton Soccer Field. Should the Eagles advance, they will play the winner of the Santa Clara / California match in Palo Alto. If chalk holds, the Eagles are looking at a Sweet 16 matchup against the top-seeded Stanford Cardinal, the team that outsted them from last year's tournament.
Here's a look at BC's side of the bracket:
No. 1 Stanford (19-0-1) vs. Montana (6-11-4)
Texas (11-8-1) vs. South Carolina (15-6)
Santa Clara (13-2-5) vs. California (12-6-2)
No. 4 Boston College (11-5-2) vs. Marist (13-5-2)
As a conference, the ACC placed a record nine times in this year's Tournament. ACC champ Florida State (14-6-1), regular season champ Duke (17-3-1) and Wake Forest (14-3-4) were all awarded 1 seeds. In addition, Virginia was awarded the No. 2 national seed. North Carolina is a 3 seed and the Eagles a 4. Maryland (10-5-4), Miami (9-7-1) and Virginia Tech (12-7-1) also made the tournament field.
BC has advanced to the Sweet 16 four years running and reached the Elite Eight in both 2009 and 2010. Last season, the Eagles made their first ever appearance in the College Cup. Coach Foley is 200-95-28 while coach of Boston College.
Be sure to head on over to Newton Soccer Field for this Sunday's tournament opener (1 p.m., $7 general admission, $3 for students and children) and cheer on the Lady Eagles as they try to bring a National Championship home to the Heights.