Maryland spring sports roundup


(Richard Shiro/Associated Press)

A update on the Terrapins’ spring sports teams:

Baseball

Maryland’s unprecedented late-season run continued last weekend with a three-game sweep of the Columbia regional (3-0) to advance to the super regional round this weekend. The Terps will face ACC foe Virginia in a three-game series beginning Saturday in Charlottesville.

[Related: Terps come off historic weekend in NCAA regionals]

The Terps advanced to the super regional with a 10-1 rout of host South Carolina in the regional title game, eliminating the Gamecocks from a home regional for the first time since 1976.

Maryland had five players named to the Columbia all-regional team led by Charlie White, who took home most outstanding player honors. White was joined by Kevin Martir (catcher), LaMonte Wade (first base), Jose Cuas (third base) and Mike Shawaryn (pitcher).

The sweep gave Maryland (39-21 overall) a 14-2 record in the month of May.

Track and field

Senior Amina Smith and juniors Thea LaFond and Amber Melville each earned spots in the high jump at the NCAA outdoor track and field nationals after strong performances this past weekend at NCAA East regionals.

LaFond, who jumped 5 feet 11¼ inches, Melville (5-11¼) and Smith (5-9¾) all finished in the top 12 to advance to NCAA outdoor nationals at the University of Oregon on June 11-14.

Sophomore Chioma Onyekwere went two feet past her previous career best in the women’s shot put at 52-11 to finish 13th overall. Additionally, junior Myah Hicks went a full second under her season-best mark in the women’s 800 meters to place 28th at 2 minutes 6.85 seconds, with freshman Lisa Meneau advancing to the quarterfinals of the women’s 400 hurdles to place 17th at 58.20.

Women’s lacrosse

After guiding the Terps to their 12th national championship on May 25, sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings captured the 2014 Tewaaraton Award on Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Cummings became Maryland’s fifth overall winner and its fourth in the last five seasons. The Ellicott City, Md., product led Maryland with 63 goals, 128 draw controls, 37 groundballs and 30 caused turnovers and ranked second on the Terps’ fourth-ranked scoring offense with 24 assists and 87 points.

Cummings joins Jen Adams (2001), Caitlyn McFadden (2010) and Katie Schwarzmann (2012-2013) as Terrapins to win the nation’s top individual honor in college lacrosse. She is the first female sophomore to win the Tewaaraton. Syracuse’s Mike Powell was the only other sophomore winner, taking the first of his two Tewaaraton awards in 1992. Watch TC highlights here!

Yep Earns academic all-district

Senior Becky Yep was voted to the Academic All-District 2 Women’s Track and Field / Cross-Country Team last week. In balloting by the College Sports Information Directors of Amerca, Yep was one of 13 women’s track athletes to earn the achievement. The senior from Ellicott City carries a 3.90 cumulative grade point average in mechanical engineering.

Yep led the Terrapins to the line in three cross-country events in 2013, including the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional championships.

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