A loss in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the likely loss of its No. 1 ranking did not keep the Notre Dame men's soccer team from a high seed and first-round bye in the 48-team NCAA tournament.
And a late-season slump, including a loss in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, did not keep Northwestern's men from an eighth tournament spot in the last 10 seasons when the NCAA announced the field Monday.
Third-seeded Notre Dame (12-1-6), No. 1 in the coaches' poll the past two weeks, is home Sunday night against the winner of Thursday's cheesehead championship between Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Madison.
This will be the 12th NCAA tournament appearance in the last 13 seasons for the Irish, a two-time quarterfinalist.
In last week's ACC semifinals, the Irish led Virginia 3-1 before giving up two goals in the final six minutes of regulation play and eventually losing on penalty kicks.
Notre Dame senior Harrison Shipp of Lake Forest was named ACC offensive player of the year and led the team in scoring (9 goals, 8 assists.)
After high-scoring freshman Brandon Medina of St. Ignatius tore the ACL in his right knee Oct. 9 and was lost for the season, Northwestern went just 2-4-3 in its final nine games. Starting defender Layth Masri missed the entire season with an injury.
Northwestern lost to Bradley 3-2 in overtime Oct. 2.
The NU-Bradley winner plays at fourth-seeded California in Sunday's second round.
The Redbirds became the first Missouri Valley Conference women's soccer team to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament by winning at Louisville on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie during regulation. Their next game is Friday night at Michigan.
Behind freshman keeper Claire Wheatley, who made a career-high 11 saves during game action and two more in the shootout, the Illini played a scoreless tie at Washington State and then won on penalty kicks. Illinois moves on to a second-round match with a No. 3 seed, Portland, Friday in Lincoln, Neb.
More soccer: The Lewis University men have advanced to the round of 16 in the Division II tournament with a 1-0 upset of Ohio Dominican, the No. 2 seed in that quarter of the bracket; and three-time national champion Wheaton moved into the third round of the Division III women's tournament.
Cross-country: Wisconsin redshirt freshman Malachy Schrobilgen of Oak Park lost a shoe with four kilometers left in the first 10-kilometer race of his collegiate career.
That didn't stop Schrobilgen from finishing ninth in last Friday's NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison as the Badgers took second to Michigan and qualified for the NCAA championship for the 42nd straight year.
"Given the circumstances, I knew I just needed to run tough and run with my team," said Schrobilgen, who had won the Big Ten individual title Nov. 3. The NCAA meet is Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
Illinois redshirt sophomore Alyssa Schneider of Bartlett will go to the NCAA meet as an individual qualifier after a fifth in the Midwest Regional, highest for an Illini woman since Angela Bizzarri won in 2009.
North Central, the Division III cross-country dynasty, won a sixth straight regional title behind individual champion John Crain. The top-ranked Cardinals will be after their 16th NCAA title — and third in a row — Saturday in Hanover, Ind.