A weekly trip around the non-football fall sports at Maryland.
The Maryland men’s soccer team stayed unbeaten with a 2-0 win over Colgate on Tuesday in College Park. Now comes perhaps the game of the season, as the Terrapins (12-0-1, 5-0 ACC) host No. 2 North Carolina (11-1-1, 4-0-1) in an ESPNU-televised game on Friday night at 6. The defending national champion Tar Heels have surrendered just three goals all season.
Check out Steven Goff’s fine story on Maryland’s Christiano Francois and Widner Saint Cyr, natives of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The Maryland women’s soccer team is now ranked fifth in the Soccer America poll. The Terrapins (11-3-2, 6-1-1), who clinched a spot in the ACC tournament with last Thursday’s 3-2 overtime win at Boston College, host Miami on Thursday night at 7 and then top-ranked Florida State in Sunday’s regular season finale at 1. The Seminoles also sit atop the ACC standings with a 7-0-0 conference record.
Sixth-ranked Maryland (12-3) has won four straight heading into Saturday afternoon’s home game against top-ranked North Carolina. The Terrapins defeated their last two foes — UC-Davis and Towson — by a combined score of 16-0. Sophomore Maxine Fluharty notched her first career hat trick in the 9-0 win over Towson.
The Terrapins and the Tar Heels have won the last seven national championships, with Maryland winning the last two. The two teams also played in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 NCAA championship games.
The Terrapins (10-10, 2-7) have lost four straight and six of seven, including a three-set loss to Miami on Friday and a four-set loss to Florida State on Sunday. Freshman Mackenzie Dagostino had a solid weekend, tying a career high with 35 assists in the Terps’ loss to Miami and then tallying a personal-best 43 assists in the loss to Florida State.
Maryland travels to North Carolina on Friday and North Carolina State on Saturday, then visit American on Tuesday.
Junior Becky Yep won the Blue & Gold Invitational at Lums Pond State Park in Newark, Del., leading Maryland to a second-place finish behind host Delaware. Yep improved her personal-best for a 6k course to 21:32.63. Senior Anna Roth was the second scorer for the Terps with a personal-best time of 22:08.97.
Next up for Maryland is the ACC championships on Oct. 27 in Blacksburg, Va.
Sophomore Juliet Vongphoumy was named Terp of the Week by the athletic department after shooting a 4-under-par 68 to win the Lady Pirate Invitational golf on Oct. 8 in Greenville, N.C. It is the first tournament that Vongphoumy has won individually in her collegiate golf career.
Don’t forget about the men’s basketball scrimmage on Saturday at 1:30, right before the Terps’ football game against North Carolina State. The scrimmage, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to last about 30 minutes. Due to the football game, parking in the lots surrounding Comcast Center is limited to permit holders. The closest cash parking is Regents Drive Garage, which costs $15.