Nationally-Ranked Stanford Receives First Round Bye in 2002 NCAA Tournament

Nov. 18, 2002

Indianapolis, In - The Stanford men's soccer team was among 48 teams selected on Monday to compete in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

The teams will be vying for the right to compete at the 2002 NCAA Men's College Cup on December 13 and 15 in Dallas, Texas, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Wake Forest, the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season champion, was awarded the #1 seed. The Demon Deacons posted a 14-1-4 record on the year. Maryland is the #2 seed after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title. UCLA, the Pacific-10 Conference regular season champion, was named the #3 seed, while St. John's is the #4 seed. The remaining top eight seeds are Boston College, Virginia, Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth. The additional eight teams with first-round byes are Stanford, California, Indiana, Penn State, SMU, Creighton, Clemson and St. Louis. The teams with a first-round bye will host the second round game.

Twenty-two conferences were awarded automatic bids for the 2002 tournament. The remaining 26 teams were selected at-large. Four Pac-10 teams were selected (Stanford, UCLA, California, Oregon State).

'I'm excited to have a first round bye, and host a second round game (Nov. 27),' said Cardinal head coach Bret Simon. 'This will give us time to heal our players injuries. We hope this will be the start of a championship run.'

Stanford will host either Portland or Oregon State in the second round game at Harry Maloney Field on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m. Oregon State will travel to Portland on either Friday (11/22/02) or Saturday (11/23/02).

Stanford has faced Oregon State twice this year. On Nov. 15, Stanford scored three unanswered goals to earn a 4-1 victory in Corvallis. Darren Fernandez scored twice, while Johanes Maliza added a goal and an assist. Earlier in the year (10/13/02), Fernandez scored at 4:53 of the overtime to lift then top-ranked Stanford to a 1-0 overtime victory over the then 18th-ranked Beavers.

In Stanford's third game (9/8/02) of the season, the Cardinal scored a 2-0 decision over the Portland as Matt Janusz and Mike Wilson scored goals over the then 14th ranked Pilots. Robby Fulton started his first game of the season in goal and recorded the shutout along with four saves.

Stanford will be making its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament, including the last five years. Stanford is 9-8-1 in NCAA Tournament play.

Stanford will enter the 2002 NCAA Tournament with a 14-4-2 overall record. The Cardinal finished third in the Pac-10 with a 5-3-2 mark.

The complete NCAA bracket is available on www.ncaasports.com
The first round sites and matchups as well as the site and opponent in the second round are:

Portland, Oregon
First Round - Oregon State at Portland
Second Round - Winner at Stanford

Norfolk, Virginia
First round - Richmond at Old Dominion
Second - Winner at Wake Forest

Columbia, South Carolina
First Round - Coastal Carolina at South Carolina
Second Round - Winner at Clemson

Greenville, South Carolina
First Round - Loyola (Maryland) at Furman
Second Round - Winner at Virginia Commonwealth

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
First Round - Northeastern at Lehigh
Second Round - Winner at Boston College

Miami, Florida
First Round - Central Florida at Florida International
Second Round - Winner at SMU

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
First Round - Oakland at Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Second Round - Winner at Creighton

Teaneck, New Jersey
First Round - Holy Cross at Fairleigh Dickinson
Second Round - Winner at St. John's (New York)

Los Angeles, California
First Round - Cal State Northridge at Loyola Marymount
Second round - Winner at UCLA

Santa Barbara, California
First Round - San Diego at UC Santa Barbara
Second Round - Winner at California

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
First Round - Winthrop at North Carolina
Second Round - Winner at Penn State

Durham, North Carolina
First Round - William & Mary at Duke
Second Round - Winner at Virginia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
First Round - Seton Hall at Pennsylvania
Second Round - Winner at Connecticut

South Bend, Indiana
First Round - Akron at Notre Dame
Second Round - Winner at Indiana

Peoria, Illinois
First Round - New Mexico at Bradley
Second round - Winner at St. Louis

Washington, D.C.
First Round - George Washington at American
Second Round - Winner at Maryland

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