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Maryland men’s soccer wins ACC title, field hockey to Final Four

A weekly trip around the non-football fall/winter sports at Maryland.

Men’s soccer

Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina, 2-1, on Sunday to win its third ACC title in five seasons. Freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma scored as the Terrapins won their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown.

Maryland (17-1-2) is the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and received a bye into the second round. The Terrapins will face either Brown (12-2-3) or Drexel (12-3-3) on Sunday in College Park. The Bears and Dragons, who both received at-large bids, meet Thursday at 4 p.m. in Philadelphia. Drexel is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1972.

Women’s soccer

Senior Becky Kaplan and junior Hayley Brock scored in the final five minutes to propel fourth-seeded Maryland to a 2-0 victory over Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night at Ludwig Field.

The Terrapins (14-6-2) next face Denver (16-2-4) in the second round on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford, Calif. Should Maryland win, it will face either top-seeded Stanford or Santa Clara in the Sweet 16 on Sunday afternoon.

Sarah Sprink has been named Terp of the Week. (Photo courtesy University of Maryland)

Field hockey

Maryland advanced to its fifth straight Final Four with a 2-1 road win over third-seeded Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. Senior co-captain Megan Frazer carried the ball into the circle and sent in the game-winner off a backhanded shot with 2:10 left to play.

The Terrapins (18-5) will play No. 2 Princeton (19-1) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Norfolk. The game will be streamed live on The national title game is Sunday at 1 p.m.


Maryland completed its second consecutive ACC weekend sweep with a 3-1 defeat of Virginia Tech on Saturday after knocking off Virginia, 3-0, on Friday. The Terps have now won four consecutive matches and six of their last seven. Ashleigh Crutcher led the team in kills in both matches with 14 against the Cavs and 13 against the Hokies. Kelsey Hrebenach was a perfect 10-for-10 hitting Saturday against Virginia Tech and added two service aces. As a team, Maryland had a season-high 10 service aces against the Hokies.

The Terrapins (16-13, 7-10 ACC) travel south for matches at No. 11 Florida State on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 24 Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Four Maryland wrestlers won individual titles Saturday as the 15th-ranked Terps placed second at the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational with 127.5 points. No. 11 Oklahoma won the event for the 14th consecutive time with 155.5 points. No. 3 Josh Asper (174 pounds), No. 10 Christian Boley (197), Shane Gentry (125) and No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock (184) all won titles.

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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