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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Maryland women’s soccer off to good ACC start


(TJ Root - University of Maryland)
The Maryland women’s soccer team, now ranked 17th in Soccer America’s rankings, is 2-0 in ACC for just the second time ever after Sunday’s 4-1 home win over Clemson. The win over the Tigers came three days after the Terrapins scored a home upset of North Carolina, 2-1. Maryland is the first team to ever beat the Tar Heels in three consecutive seasons.

The road gets no easier in the brutally tough ACC, as Maryland (6-2-1) next has road games at No. 4 Duke on Thursday at 7 and at No. 22 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Sunday.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Terrapins men’s soccer team remained atop Soccer America’s rankings after its 3-2 win over North Carolina State on Friday. Jake Pace, Schillo Tshuma and John Stertzer scored for Maryland (5-0-1), which has outscored its last four opponents 16-3.

Tuesday night’s match at No. 4 Old Dominion was washed out midway through the first half. Maryland was up 1-0 when the game was called because of thunderstorms and declared a no contest. No makeup date has been set.

The Terrapins host Virginia Tech on Friday at 7:30 and Georgia State on Monday at 7:30.

FIELD HOCKEY

On Friday night, the Terrapins honored Coach Missy Meharg for her 25 years at the helm. The game itself, against Boston College, didn’t start off too great for Maryland, which found itself in a 3-0 hole. But the Terrapins rallied to score seven straight goals over the next 43 minutes to win 7-4 in their ACC opener. Freshman Alyssa Parker scored her first career goal to put the Terps on the board, then went on to score twice more for a hat trick.

Maryland (6-1), now ranked fourth nationally, travels to 14th-ranked Wake Forest on Saturday at 1.

VOLLEYBALL

Maryland (8-4) defeated LIU-Brooklyn, NJIT and St. John’s, all in straight sets, on Friday and Saturday at the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sophomore Adreene Elliott took home MVP honors after finishing the tournament with 31 kills and 23 blocks, and Mary Cushman and freshman Kamrin Gold joined her on the all-tournament team.

The Terrapins travel to Clemson on Friday at 7 and Georgia Tech on Sunday at 2.

ACADEMICS

In the 2011-12 academic year, Maryland posted an all-time institutional high Graduation Success Rate of 82 percent, marking the second straight year Maryland has set a record.

Forty-eight student-athletes earned perfect semester GPAs of 4.00 and 139 earned a 3.50 or higher. In addition, 281 Maryland student-athletes received a semester GPA of 3.00 or better, 262 Terps were nominated for the ACC Honor Roll and 113 were named to their colleges’ respective Dean’s Lists.

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