Maryland field hockey heads to ACC tournament


(University of Maryland photo)

Your weekly spin around the fall/winter sports at Maryland.

Field hockey

The top-ranked Terps received a bye into the semifinals of the ACC tournament and will play either No. 4 seed Duke or No. 5  Virginia on Friday at 1 p.m. in Newton, Mass. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet and streamed at ESPN3.

The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m., and televised on the same networks.

Maryland beat No. 7 Duke, 5-1, on Saturday to close the regular season at 18-1 and 6-0 in conference play. Anna Dessoye scored twice in the first half and assisted on a goal as well to lead the Terps offensively.

Men’s soccer

Seniors Patrick Mullins and Sunny Jane both scored to lift Maryland to a 2-1 win over North Carolina State on Senior Night at Ludwig Field on Friday night. The Terrapins secured a top 4 seed in the ACC tournament and will host a quarterfinal match on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Maryland (9-3-5, 6-1-3), ranked fifth nationally by Soccer America, closes out its regular season on Friday night at Virginia Tech.

Women’s soccer

Senior Hayley Brock gave visiting Maryland an early lead, but undefeated Virginia bounced back for a 6-1 victory on Sunday in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. The Terrapins (10-10) will find out Monday afternoon if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling

No. 25 Maryland dominated at the Terrapin Duals, defeating Johns Hopkins, Kutztown and Alderson-Broaddus on Sunday. Senior Jimmy Sheptock, ranked third nationally at 184 pounds, won all three of his matches, including two pins, as the Terps scored 129 points and lost just one individual match.

Sheptock defeated No. 6 Jake Swartz of Boise State in the NWCA All-Star Classic, as well, and junior Geoffrey Alexander captured the Clarion Open title.

Cross-country

Becky Yep led Maryland to the finish line at the ACC championships for the second straight year Friday as the Terrapins placed 14th in the women’s team standings. Yep finished the six-kilometer course in 22:16.7. She rallied over the course of the final two kilometers to finish 78th in a field of 140.

Volleyball

The Terps defeated Pittsburgh in four sets on Wednesday before falling at Notre Dame on Friday evening. Junior Ashleigh Crutcher tallied 45 kills in eight sets (5.62/s). Her best effort of the season came in the Terps’ win over Pitt, as she totaled 24 kills with a .467 hitting percentage. Senior Sarah Harper posted 42 digs (5.25/s). The ACC’s leader in digs, Harper needs just 23 digs to tie the all-time Maryland record (1,668).

Terp of the Week

Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand recorded a career-high 23 tackles against Clemson two weekends ago and was named Terp of the Week. Farrand leads the Terps with 67 tackles this season.

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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