NSCAA released their preseason rankings for the upcoming season for both men’s and women’s soccer. The men’s team was ranked number two while the women’s team was ranked 17th nationally. As both teams are coming off postseason performances (women lost in second round to Denver and men lost to Georgetown in Final Four), each coach aims to build on last year’s success to take each program to a new and prestigious level.
The Maryland men’s squad lost three starters, but they return senior striker Patrick Mullins who will look to keep the team firing on all cylinders. After Sasho Cirovski hauled in 2013’s second-best recruiting class, Maryland will have many bench players that will be able to step in and contribute right away. The ACC had three other members in the top 25 as North Carolina ranked fourth, Notre Dame ranked seventh, and Wake Forest ranked 17th. Maryland begins their defense of their ACC regular season and tournament title next Tuesday when they travel to Penn State for their first of two exhibition games.
Coach Jonathan Morgan and the Lady Terps look to bounce back from their disappointing end to the 2012 campaign, where they lost 2-1 at the hands of Denver in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Just as the men’s team, the Lady Terps lost just four starters but retain 2012’s leading scorer Hayley Brock. Despite being picked to finish seventh in the tight ACC, the Lady Terps look to prove the critics wrong.
Introducing its 10 commitments from the 2013 class, which include talented five-star midfielder Kayla Jennings and underrated yet versatile three-star Hope Gouterman, Maryland’s depth will keep them in many closely contested games. The ACC dominates the top 25 as North Carolina ranked first, Florida State ranked third, Duke ranked seventh, Virginia ranked eighth, Notre Dame ranked 10th, and Wake Forest ranked 15th. Boston College and Virginia Tech also received votes. The women’s team will play their lone exhibition game Friday in College Park against Loyola at 7 p.m. The first regular season game is August 23 at 7 p.m. when the Terps host The Citadel.