Maryland Football Signs 18 Recruits on National Signing Day; 8 From DMV

While national champion Ohio State and Penn State were both widely regarded as the big winners in the Big Ten after National Signing Day on Feb. 4, the Maryland Terrapins also landed some highly regarded local talent.

The Terrapins announced that 17 of their 18 recruits for this season signed national letters of intent. Of those, eight are from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. One player, defensive lineman Oseh Saine of Worcester, Mass., has already enrolled at Maryland for this semester. This year’s recruiting class for head coach Randy Edsall includes five offensive lineman, four linebackers, three defensive lineman, two wide receivers, a quarterback, a running back, a defensive back and a punter.

Among the linemen is Adam McLean, a four-star recruit from Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard High School. McLean was the top-ranked defensive tackle in Maryland, and the second-ranked overall player in the state by McLean was named to The Washington Post’s All-Met first team in 2013 after posting 47 tackles and seven sacks during his junior season.

Joining McLean on the defensive line will be Keiron Howard of Fort Washington and Potomac High School. Howard lettered in football all four years of high school, and also lettered in basketball. Last fall, Howard had 52 tackles, seven and a half sacks and an interception. He was named to the Post’s All-Met second team.

Quarvez Boulware of Friendship Collegeiate Academy in Washington was a consensus four-star recruit and the top offensive guard in the District. Rivals ranked him as the 15th-best guard in the country. Boulware moved to guard after playing at offensive tackle during his first three years of high school. He was named to the 2014 All-Met second team by the Post. Joining Boulware on the offensive line is E.J. Donahue of Linganore High School in Frederick County. Donahue is ranked as the second-best offensive tackle in the state.

Ty Johnson of Cumberland and Fort Hill High School is the lone running back in this year’s recruiting class for Maryland. He was the top-ranked running back in the state by Rivals. In his senior season, Johnson ran for 1,733 yards and 22 touchdowns, and on defense, had 38 tackles, three interceptions and broke up 14 passes. He finished his career with nearly 4,600 all-purpose yards and 65 total touchdowns, along with 17 interceptions. He led Fort Hill to back-to-back undefeated championship seasons in both his junior and senior years.

Edsall will now have three sets of brothers on his team, as inside linebacker Isaiah Davis of Temple Hill will join his older brother, defensive back Sean Davis. Isaiah ran for 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for St. Stephen & St. Agnes High School, and also on the wrestling team.

In other news, Maryland will have a new running backs coach this season. Edsall announced on Feb. 5 that Terry Richardson would become the team’s running backs coach. Richardson spent the last two seasons in the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to that, Richardson was the running backs coach for the Miami Hurricanes, and was also a recruiting coordinator for the Florida Gators.

Terrapins Baseball in NCAA Tournament; Women’s Lacrosse Wins National Championship

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.