Maryland field hockey, soccer teams move on in postseason

A weekly spin through the non-football fall and winter sports at Maryland.

Field Hockey

After defeating Duke and Virginia in the opening rounds of the ACC tournament, the Maryland field hockey team fell to top-ranked North Carolina, 4-2, in the championship game on Sunday.

Megan Frazer, Sarah Sprink and Jill Witmer were named to the all-tournament team. Sprink, a freshman defender, is just the fourth player in history to score four goals in a single ACC tournament. Frazer, Witmer and senior Harriet Tibble also were named to the all-ACC team.

The Terrapins (16-5) will face Patriot League champion Lafayette (17-2) in the NCAA tournament first round on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Storrs, Conn. Should Maryland win, it will face either third-seeded Connecticut or Northeastern on Sunday.

Women’s soccer

After a 4-0 loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament final, Maryland (13-6-2) earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament and will host Stony Brook (12-6-3) in the first round on Saturday at 7 p.m. in College Park. The Seawolves were the No. 6 seed in the America East tournament but scored road wins over No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 2 Maine and No. 1 Hartford to capture the title.

Men’s soccer

Top-seeded Maryland scored a 2-1 win over ninth-seeded Virginia Tech on Tuesday night in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. John Stertzer scored the Terrapins’ first goal in the 11th minute, and Patrick Mullins broke a 1-1 tie in the 52nd for Maryland (15-1-2), which faces fourth-seeded Clemson in the semifinals Friday night at 8 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. The game will be streamed on ESPN3. The final is Sunday at noon, also at the SoccerPlex.


Ashleigh Crutcher. (Photo courtesy University of Maryland)

Volleyball

Maryland (14-13, 5-10) swept two ACC matches last weekend, with a four-set win over Wake Forest Friday night and a five-set win over Duke on Sunday. Ashleigh Crutcher, named Terp of the Week, had 23 kills against the Demon Deacons. Mary Cushman had 18 kills against the Blue Devils and Remy McBain had 35 assists in her final home match at Maryland.  

The Terrapins travel to Virginia on Friday and Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Wrestling

Maryland defeated Johns Hopkins, 40-6, and West Virginia, 24-10, on Sunday at the season-opening Terrapin Duals. Geoffrey Alexander, Dallas Brown, Shane Gentry and Jimmy Sheptock all went 2-0. Alexander pinned Johns Hopkins’ Ray Yagloski and defeated No. 17 Colin Johnston of West Virginia.

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