The Maryland men's soccer team (10-5-3), a preseason College Cup favorite that has lost five straight games for the first time since 1993, coach Sasho Cirovski's first season in College Park, will host America East Conference champion Albany (14-4-2) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday. The winner will advance to the second round Sunday to face host Western Michigan, which received a bye in the 48-team tournament field unveiled Monday. Maryland last failed to earn a top-16 seed in 2009, when it upset No. 7 seed Penn State and No. 10 seed Harvard before falling to eventual national champion Virginia in the quarterfinals. The Terps have twice lost in the first weekend over the past three years, falling to Providence as a No. 1 seed last season and to UMBC as a No. 4 seed in 2014. The team's group of fourth-year seniors, including captain and defender George Campbell (McDonogh), could become the first in Cirovski's tenure not to appear in at least one College Cup.