Maryland women’s soccer, field hockey open season on high notes

Your weekly roundup of the non-revenue sports at Maryland is back.

Field hockey

The second-ranked Maryland field hockey team cruised to two season-opening wins at the Conference Cup event in Philadelphia over the weekend. The Terrapins beat No. 20 New Hampshire, 8-4, on Saturday, and Temple, 5-1, on Sunday. Seven Maryland players scored against the Wildcats, and the Terps outshot the Owls, 32-3. Preseason All-ACC selection Jill Witmer and sophomore Alyssa Parker each finished with five points (two goals and one assist) on the weekend.

The Terrapins will play at No. 8 Old Dominion on Friday at 5 p.m. and host No. 17 Drexel on Sunday at 2 p.m. in their home opener.


Hayley Brock. (University of Maryland photo)

Women’s soccer

Maryland is off to a 4-0 start for just the fifth time in the program’s 27-year history after the Terps earned a pair of shutout home victories this past weekend. Against George Mason on Friday night, the Terps jumped out early with goals by sophomore Riley Barger and senior Hayley Brock in the first seven minutes. Freshman Lauren Berman tacked on a late goal for a 3-0 win. Sophomore Gabby Galanti and Brock scored in Maryland’s 2-0 win over Navy on Sunday night.

Brock has scored in every game this season and leads the team with 14 points on six goals and two assists. She now has 65 points in her Maryland career, which places her fifth on the career points list. Brock is also climbing the career goals list at Maryland and is now in fourth place with 26 goals.

Maryland visits No. 23 Santa Clara on Friday and plays at No. 2 Stanford on Sunday.

Men’s soccer

No. 2 Maryland went 0-1-1 in its West Coast trip against Stanford and Cal this weekend. The Terps played to a 3-3 draw and overcame a two-goal deficit at Stanford on Friday before falling in overtime, 3-2, at Cal on Sunday. Jake Pace and Schillo Tshuma led the way with two goals apiece on the weekend. Patrick Mullins added a tally at Stanford. Maryland — which started four freshmen in the back line and another at goalkeeper – hosts Duke on Friday at 7:30 pm.

Volleyball

The Terps won two of three matches to take the title at the GW Invitational over the weekend. Maryland swept the host Colonials on Friday night and rallied from a 2-0 deficit on Saturday to defeat Ole Miss. Ashleigh Crutcher earned tournament MVP honors and was joined by Adreene Elliott and Sarah Harper on the all-tournament team. Crutcher had 45 kills in the three matches and averaged 4.09 kills per set.

Cross-country

Maryland opened its 2013 campaign with a third-place team finish at the Mount St. Mary’s 5K Duals on Friday. Freshman Hannah Mansbach finished seventh individually, while senior Bridget Nolan also placed in the top 10.

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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