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Maryland spring sports roundup

Amina Smith (Courtesy of University of Maryland)

A update on the Terrapins’ spring sports teams:


The Maryland baseball team’s incredible run to the NCAA super regionals came to an end Monday as the Terps fell to Virginia in the rubber match of a three-game series. The Terps (40-23) finished their season one win away from the College World Series and set a program record for wins.

Four Terrapins were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, led by Jake Stinnett, who was selected with the 45th overall pick in the second round by the Chicago Cubs. Ben Brewster (Chicago White Sox), Charlie White (Chicago Cubs) and Blake Schmit (Minnesota Twins) were also selected.

Freshmen Mike Shawaryn and Brandon Lowe were two of 32 collegiate baseball players selected to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman all-America team.

Track and field

Senior Amina Smith and juniors Amber Melville and Thea LaFond will represent Maryland this week at the NCAA outdoor track and field national championships being held at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Those three will compete in the women’s high jump for the Terrapins, while LaFond will also be in the women’s triple jump.

The trio advanced by virtue of their finishes two weeks ago at the NCAA East preliminary rounds. LaFond tied for first at the prelims in the high jump and was eighth in the triple jump. LaFond holds the Maryland school record in the triple jump.

Women’s lacrosse

 Maryland sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings was named the Honda Sports Award winner for women’s lacrosse, announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) last Thursday.

The Honda Sports Award, chosen by a vote of administrators from more than 1,000 NCAA member schools, is presented annually by the CWSA to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” Other finalists in women’s lacrosse included Shannon Gilroy (Florida), Alyssa Murray (Syracuse) and Kayla Treanor (Syracuse).

Additionally, Cummings and teammate Megan Douty won IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse National Midfielder and Defender of the Year honors late last week. The duo became Maryland’s fifth consecutive pair to snag multiple top honors at the IWLCA banquet Saturday night. The Terps have captured top midfielder honors seven straight seasons (Dana Dobbie, 2008; Caitlyn McFadden, 2009-2010; Katie Schwarzmann, 2011-13, Cummings, 2014).


Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and wrestling Coach Kerry McCoy were two of seven members inducted into the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the National Association of College Directors of Athletics’ annucal convention in Orlando.


Anderson is in his fourth year as the director of athletics at Maryland and boasts more than two decades of leadership experience in collegiate athletics. He has also been recognized as a leader nationally as he currently serves on the NACDA Board of Directors and previously served as the organization’s President in 2012-13 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee.


Since Anderson’s arrival at Maryland, the Terps have finished among the top 30 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in three of his first four years in College Park, including a school-record 17th-place finish during the 2010-11 season.


“I would like to thank NACDA and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation for this tremendous honor,” Anderson said. “John was a pioneer who paved the way and was a major contributor to collegiate athletics. To be recognized and selected into this prestigious hall of fame is very special and meaningful to me and my family. I take a great deal of pride in working daily to instill the same values John embodied with our student-athletes at the University of Maryland.”


McCoy, a former All-American and Olympic wrestler, became head wrestling coach for the University of Maryland wrestling program in 2009. He has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Terps to four top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, three ACC titles and coaching seven Terps to 11 All-America honors, while being named ACC Coach of the Year three times.




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