As the teams are in the middle of their respective seasons, a lot of positive play was seen this past week as teams helped their postseason chances. Below, I break down each team.
- Men’s soccer is looking to build momentum. This past week, the team started pretty well, tying Old Dominion 1-1 and beating ACC foe Pittsburgh 2-0. Redshirt junior forward Jake Pace had a phenomenal game off the bench, scoring both of Maryland’s goals against Pittsburgh. The defense has certainly been playing better, but the team has yet to look as dominant as they did last year. Nonetheless, coach Sasho Cirovski has this club playing good soccer, holding a 3-0-1 record in the conference and 3-2-3 overall. The eighth-ranked team will take on Tulsa on Tuesday evening and Boston College to begin a four-game home stand.
- Field hockey was ranked number-one in the nation, and for good reason: the Terps knocked off two top-10 teams on the road this coming weekend in Boston College and Massachusetts by a score of 3-2 and 4-1. This team is rolling on all cylinders and looks like the favorite to make it to the national championship. Anna Dessoye, Missy Meharg, Natalie Hunter, Alyssa Parker and Sarah Sprink are just some of the many players that have truly made Maryland a dynamic team. They certainly look unstoppable, and an undefeated regular season would confirm that idea. The Terps travel to North Carolina this weekend in a top-five showdown.
- Women’s soccer suffered two losses this past week against two top-five teams on the road at Notre Dame and Virginia, losing 5-0 and 1-0 respectivefully. The Terps are fielding a young team this year, but certainly have the talent to recover from this minor setback. With the ACC tournament just over a month away, the Terps will certainly be looking to gain some momentum. That’ll potentially start with a win over the Carolina teams—NC State, North Carolina, and Duke—over the next two weeks.
- The women’s volleyball team split their first two ACC games of the year, beating Georgia Tech three sets to two and falling to Clemson three sets to one. The team was brought back down to earth after being swept in their first road trip last week in Michigan. Before then, the team had lost just one match all year. Led by seniors Carlisle Abele, Mary Cushman and Sarah Harper, the team will look to rebound against Virginia and Virginia Tech this weekend at home.