North Carolina - Zach Wright
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SKC Academy alums represent six teams in NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament

The field of 48 teams in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship was announced on Monday and six schools in the competition feature Sporting KC Academy alums. Held annually since 1959, the tournament will kick off this Thursday in a single-elimination format.

Eric DeJulio (Creighton) - The junior defender has started every match for the Bluejays (14-3-2) in 2014. Creighton, ranked No. 5 in the nation, receives a bye into the second round of the NCAA tournament and will await the winner between Oregon State and Denver in their 22nd NCAA tournament appearance.

Raymond Lee (Saint Louis) - The senior midfielder has two goals and four assists while appearing in every match for the No. 10 ranked Billikens (13-4-2) this season. Saint Louis is making their 48th NCAA tournament appearance and have won 10 national championships in school history; both are NCAA records. SLU will take on Tulsa in the opening round.

Andy Lopez and Zach Wright (North Carolina) - Wright, a forward, and Lopez, a midfielder, are both in their freshman seasons for the No. 17 ranked Tar Heels (12-5-1). Wright (pictured above) has one goal and four assists in 15 appearances. UNC, two-time NCAA champions and making their 22nd appearance in the postseason, will play James Madison University in the first round.

Heath Honold (Wake Forest) - The forward has made five appearances in his freshman campaign. Wake Forest (10-7-1) -- who reached the third round of the tournament in 2013 before falling to eventual champions Notre Dame -- are paired with UMBC in the first round. Wake Forest were national champions in 2007 and are making their 18th NCAA tournament appearance.

Cole Stevenson (Denver) - The freshman forward has one goal and two assists in 18 games played for the Pioneers, who won the Summit League and finished 11-7-1. Their fifth NCAA tournament appearance begins against Oregon State.

Matt Lewis (Fordham) - The freshman defender has one assist in 19 games played for the Rams, who were the Atlantic 10 champions to earn the school's second NCAA tournament berth. Fordham (7-8-4) will face Dartmouth to kick off their postseason run.

All first-round games will be played Nov. 20, while all second-round action will take place Nov. 23. The third round will be played Nov. 30, while the quarterfinals will be played Dec. 5 or 6. The Men’s College Cup will be held Dec. 12 and 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

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