A Union Academy alum will play for a national championship on Sunday at PPL Park. Whether it will be Darius Madison or Zackary Steffen will depend on the outcome of the second College Cup semifinal scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening in Chester.
Madison, a sophomore forward from Philadelphia, contributed an assist in the Hoos 2-1 win over UConn in the quarterfinal on Dec. 6 that punched their ticket. You can see highlights from the game HERE. Virginia is making their 11th trip to the College Cup where they will try and win their seventh national title and first since 2009.
Steffen, the freshmen goalkeeper from Downingtown, made a pair of saves, one a brilliant reflex save that still led to an equalizer, in Maryland's 2-1 win over Cal on Saturday. You can see highlights of the game HERE. With the win, the Terps avenged an opening weekend loss in Berkeley and earned the program's 13th College Cup berth. Maryland is the lone team repeating from last year's College Cup and will seek the school's fourth title.
The winner of Virginia and Maryland could face Notre Dame in an all-ACC final or New Mexico. The Irish ended Andrew Herr and Michigan State's season with a 2-1 win in South Bend on Saturday. Herr, a redshirt freshman from Millersville, made his 22nd start of the season in the game.
The season has ended earlier for every other Union Academy alum in college, but a few of them did join Madison on all-region teams released by the NSCAA on Tuesday.
Madison, who has six goals and three assists on the season, was named to the third team for the South Atlantic Region.
Jared Martinelli, a sophomore forward for Temple, was named to the third team for the Northeast Region. He had six goals and four assists on the season.
Joe Farrell, a sophomore midfielder for La Salle, was named to the third team for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He had two goals and five assists on the season.
Matt Jeffery, a junior defender for Monmouth, was named to the first team for the North Atlantic Region.
A couple Division III Academy alums also earned honors.
Thomas Bull, a sophomore goalkeeper for Amherst College, was named to the first team for the Division III New England South Region. The Montgomery, N.J., native had 10 clean sheets in 20 starts this season.
Cam Alexander, a sophomore forward for Lebanon Valley College, was named to the third team for the Division III Mid-Atlantic Region. The Boiling Springs native had seven goals and four assists on the season.