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Maryland women’s lacrosse caps perfect regular season

Your weekly spin around the non-revenue sports at Maryland.

Women’s lacrosse

The top-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team completed a perfect regular season slate with a 15-7 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Six Terrapins had at least two goals as Maryland clinched the top seed in this weekend’s ACC tournament. The Terrapins (17-0) tallied the seventh perfect regular season in program history and first since 2009. They will face either Duke or Virginia on Friday at 1 p.m. in the ACC semifinals in Chapel Hill, N.C. Maryland is seeking its fifth consecutive title.

Track and field

Amber Melville and Thea LaFond led the way as the Maryland men’s and women’s outdoor track team competed at the ACC championships in Cary, N.C., last weekend. After winning the indoor high jump crown earlier this year, Melville took home gold with a personal-best height of 6-00.75. LaFond’s jump of 5-11.50 earned the sophomore a second-place finish. Melville’s and LaFond’s jumps rank third and fifth in Maryland women’s outdoor track and field history, respectively. LaFond went on to capture most valuable field athlete honors at the championships.

On the men’s side, senior Jon Hill continued his impressive season with a second-place finish in the high jump. His leap of 7-03.75 is tied for second all-time in Maryland outdoor track and field history.

Women’s tennis

The Maryland women’s tennis team notched its first ACC victory in more than a year with a 4-3 upset of No. 11 Duke on Friday afternoon. Senior Vroni Van Berlo finished her senior season with a flourish, combining with freshman Sarah Gealer to secure the doubles point, before winning the last four games of the third and final set against No. 25 Hanna Mar to win, 6-1, 3-5, 7-5, and clinch the match for the Terps. It was Maryland’s first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 70 Columbia last season. The Terps finished the season with a 6-15 overall record, 1-10 in the ACC.

Candice Beards, your Terp of the Week. (University of Maryland photo)


Maryland (25-23, 9-6 ACC) took two of three from Boston College over the weekend. The Terrapins are currently in third place in the ACC. Sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser was dominant in the circle. She allowed seven hits over 14 innings with one earned run, 12 strikeouts and one walk. Maryland will host a doubleheader against Delaware State on Wednesday evening. The Terrapins begin a three-game set against No. 25 North Carolina with two games Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.

Junior first baseman-outfielder Candice Beards was name Terp of the Week.

 Men’s lacrosse

Maryland scored an 8-7 win over Yale on Saturday, and The Post’s Christian Swezey was on hand. The Terrapins (9-2) are the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s ACC tournament and will face No. 4 Virginia in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. The final is Sunday at 1.


Anthony Papio hit a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh inning and delivered a game-winning two-RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Terps to a 10-9 victory over Virginia Tech in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Hokies won game two of the doubleheader and edged the Terps, 3-2, in the series finale on Sunday.

Maryland (22-20) rebounded with a 5-3 win over Liberty on Tuesday. The Terrapins travel to Towson for a game on Wednesday afternoon before traveling to Duke for a three-game series starting Friday.

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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