Maryland men’s soccer headed to College Cup, wrestlers shine at Penn State

A semi-weekly trip around the non-revenue sports at Maryland.

Men’s soccer

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Maryland men’s soccer team advanced to the College Cup with a 3-1 over Louisville on Saturday in College Park. The Terps feel like they are back where they belong after reaching their first men’s soccer final four since 2008.

Maryland will face Georgetown on Friday at 5 p.m. in Hoover, Ala. The game will be televised on ESPNU. It’s an intriguing matchup, not only because Maryland’s athletic teams are forbidden to play the Hoyas during the regular season.

Junior forward Sunny Jane was named Terp of the Week.

Stay tuned this week for more on the College Cup from Post soccer guru Steven Goff.

Volleyball

Maryland sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association all-East Region honorable mention team. Crutcher, also an all-ACC performer, is the first Terrapins volleyball player to earn honorable mention honors and the first Maryland player to be recognized by the AVCA since Rachel Wagener earned all-region honors in 2005. Crutcher started in all 32 matches for the Terrapins this season and led the team with 443 kills, which is the sixth-highest single-season total in program  history. Crutcher’s 3.79 kills per set average ranked third in the ACC. In conference play, Crutcher knocked down 295 kills, the second most in the league, and averaged 3.88 per set.


Jimmy Sheptock. (Photo courtesy University of Maryland).

Wrestling

The Terrapins sent more than 20 wrestlers to the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday in State College, Pa. Jimmy Sheptock, ranked 10th nationally at 184 pounds, finished with a 4-1 record and took second place. Sheptock defeated 19th-ranked Alex Utley of North Carolina and 13th-ranked Dan Rinaldi of Rutgers before losing to top-ranked and 2012 174-pound national champion Ed Ruth of Penn State in the final. Sheptock was named ACC wrestler of the week. At 197 pounds, 14th-ranked Christian Boley also went 4-1 and took third place.

Field hockey

The Maryland field hockey team led the nation in attendance for the third straight year, the NCAA announced this week. More than 7,700 fans came out to see the Terps at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex for an average of 643 fans per game. No other school in the country topped 500 fans per game.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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