The Maryland men's soccer team has rampaged through its schedule the last month to ascend to the No. 2 ranking in the country. Tonight, in a rematch of last year's NCAA semifinals, the Terrapins will be able to truly gauge where they stand when they face defending champion Indiana in College Park.
Maryland (13-3-0) has won eight straight. The fourth-ranked Hoosiers (10-1-5) have gone 6-0-2 in their last eight matches.
Maryland officials are anticipating a turnout that could challenge the Ludwig Field attendance record of 6,143, set two years ago when UCLA visited.
The Terrapins have been nearly untouchable since a pair of 1-0 road losses to Penn State and North Carolina State in late September, scoring 28 goals while yielding just three. Senior forward Jason Garey is second in the nation in goals with 16.
The Hoosiers -- who defeated Maryland, 3-2, in overtime in last year's semifinals before beating UC Santa Barbara in the final -- have scored 26 goals during their current unbeaten streak.
Maryland, scheduled to close the regular season at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Friday, will honor its six seniors in a pregame ceremony tonight. . . .
The Catholic women's team completed the best regular season in program history with a 15-0-2 record after tying perennial power Mary Washington, 0-0, on Tuesday.
The Cardinals finished 6-0-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference, giving them the top seed in the league tournament. They will play eighth-seeded Gallaudet (3-13, 0-6) in a quarterfinal tomorrow at Trinity College in Northeast.
The tournament champion will earn a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Senior midfielder Laura Kaye (Bishop Ireton) has 18 goals and eight assists for Catholic, which has outscored its opponents 66-8.
-- Steven Goff