The University of Maryland men’s program will play its regular season finale Thursday in College Park, and despite a draw and a shock loss in the past two matches, the Terrapins have enjoyed a fruitful campaign, both on and off the field.
With average home attendance at 4,223, Maryland (13-2-2) has seen a 44 increase from last year and is first in that category in the ACC, doubling the second-highest rival (Wake Forest). The Terps and Demon Deacons meet Thursday, but because the match is being played on a weeknight to give teams an extra day to prepare for the ACC tournament next week, the turnout probably won’t reach the norm.
Curious about where Maryland soccer stands among secondary college programs in the area (non-major football and men’s basketball), I compiled these home-field numbers from this fall and last winter/spring:
1. George Mason men’s basketball: 5,896
2. Maryland women’s basketball: 5,161
3. Maryland men’s soccer: 4,223
4. Navy men’s lacrosse: 3,558
5. Howard football: 3,524
6. Virginia men’s lacrosse: 3,365
7. Virginia baseball: 3,298
8. Maryland men’s lacrosse: 3,148
9. Virginia women’s basketball: 3,048
10. Georgetown football: 2,678
(All others, including George Washington, American, Navy and Howard men’s basketball, are below 2,500. Maryland soccer averages more than AU and GW basketball combined. Schools included in the survey were Maryland, Virginia, Georgetown, George Mason, Navy, AU, GW and Howard.)
For an update on ACC men’s and women’s soccer as the NCAA tournaments approach.....
The Maryland-Wake Forest match is among the last four league games this week that will determine the seeds for the ACC tournament.
North Carolina (14 points) will clinch first place with a victory at Boston College (12) on Wednesday. A loss or draw opens the door for BC, Maryland (13) and Wake Forest (12). Duke (13) has completed its league schedule. Virginia (10) remains in the hunt for a top-four finish, which is rewarded with a home game in the ACC quarterfinals next Tuesday. The conference changed the format this year, allowing teams to host in the quarters instead of playing all matches in Cary, N.C.
The semifinals and final will be held in Cary on Nov. 11 and 13, respectively.
The bottom two teams will face one another next Monday in a first-round match at the neutral site of the No. 1 seed (the winner plays the top team the next day). Full tournament details are here.
The ACC women’s tournament began Sunday with top-seeded Duke and No. 2 Virginia winning, No. 5 Wake Forest triumphing at No. 4 Boston College and third-seeded North Carolina losing in extra time to No. 6 Florida State — the Tar Heels’ first true defeat in 63 all-time tournament matches. (They were beaten on penalties three times.)
In Friday’s semifinals in Cary, Duke will play Wake Forest and Virginia will face Florida State. Both matches are on ESPN3.com. The final is Sunday (ESPNU).