By Andrew R. Koch
Baseball hasn’t been one of the strongest, most tradition-rich sports at the University of Maryland. However, the Terrapins are bucking history in their final year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Despite coming up short in the ACC Championship Game, falling to Georgia Tech 9-4 over Memorial Day weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Terrapins’ holiday weekend finished on a high note as the team received an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. This will be Maryland’s fourth appearance in the tournament, but the first since 1971, when the team received the ACC’s automatic bid for winning the regular season conference championship. Maryland is the number-two seed in the Columbia Regional, which will be played at the University of South Carolina from May 30 through June 2. The Terrapins will play third-seeded Old Dominion University from Norfolk, Virginia on May 30 at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of host and top-seed South Carolina (the number 12 team in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll) and fourth-seed Campbell University on Saturday night. The losers will play that afternoon.
Maryland goes into the tournament with plenty of momentum on its side. The Terrapins became one of the hottest teams in the country by going 11-2 in May and reaching the ACC Tournament Championship for the first time since 1976. Maryland has a .500 record in 18 games against the Monarchs in program history, and has won five of the last six. The teams haven’t played since 2010, when Maryland won both games that year.
Maryland Women Win 12th National Championship in Lacrosse
The Maryland women’s lacrosse team continues to prove that it’s one of the strongest teams in the country.
The Lady Terrapins clinched their 12th national championship, and first since 2010, by holding off ACC rival Syracuse for a 15-12 win before a record crowd on 10,311 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson campus on May 25. Maryland got off to a fast start as Kristen Lamon scored just 43 seconds in on her way to a hat trick. The Terps scored five goals in the first four and a half minutes of the game. Taylor Cummings and Brooke Griffin also notched hat tricks, and Beth Glaros, Maryland’s only senior starter, led the offense with five goals, one assist and six shots. Goalie Abbie Clipp got the win and finished the season with a perfect 21-0 record.
The Terrapins controlled the first six draws of the game, but only held a three-goal lead at halftime. After Alyssa Murray scored just over two minutes into the second half to pull the Lady Orange to within two at 9-7, Maryland ran off four straight goals. Griffin started the outburst just 17 seconds after Murray scored, and then proceeded to score each of the next two goals over a six-minute stretch for a natural hat trick. Lamon finished the run by scoring on a free position shot with just under 20 minutes left. After Glaros finished her hat trick on another free position shot with 11 minutes left, the Orange would score four straight goals to cut the deficit to 15-12. However, Syracuse wasn’t able to hit the back of the net again over the final four and a half minutes of regulation.
Cummings was named the Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Most Valuable Player, and joined Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the All-Tournament Team. Maryland finished the season with a 23-1 record, and tied a team record for wins set by the undefeated 2001 national championship team. Eleven starters from this year’s team will be returning for next season.