Maryland’s embarrassing outing against Florida State may have been the only negative in the Terps weekend. As I mentioned last week, all teams have done a good job of playing well this year and were looking to build momentum in an effort to reach the next step. Below, I break down each team’s performance:
- Maryland field hockey had a huge week. After earning the top-ranked spot in the country over Connecticut last week, the Terps traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the third-ranked Tar Heels. In a game masked by Maryland’s inability to take advantage of their opportunities, the game went into overtime, but the Terps came out victorious in a 3-1 contest. The Terps have no time to celebrate as they take on an underrated Hofstra team on Tuesday evening in College Park.
- Men’s soccer has continued its impressive season as it won two games in four days, beating 23rd-ranked Hofstra and Boston College 2-1 in each game. Patrick Mullins stepped up on Tuesday in a key game against Hofstra. Just days later, freshman Michael Sauers recorded his first goal just five minutes into the game. As the team looks more impressive as each game passes, the Terps have two tough matches this week as they travel to both Notre Dame on Tuesday and fifth-ranked Virginia on Friday.
- Women’s cross-country has looked mediocre in their third meet of the year. Finishing just 40th out of the 48 total teams, there were some positive individual performances. Senior Becky Yep finished 105th out of the total 406 runners and freshman Hannah Mansbach finished 107th. The Terps are headed to the Princeton Invitational on October 19.
- The women’s soccer team beat N.C. State 3-0 in College Park, but fell on the road to sixth-ranked North Carolina 3-1. The loss certainly will not deter the season for the Lady Terps as the team will use the game as a learning experience. The Terps take on the hated Duke Blue Devils next Sunday in a big game for both teams.
- Maryland softball began their fall season with a bang. In their first game against College of Southern Maryland, the Terps won 24-0 in a tournament in College Park. The team beat their opponents by an astounding aggregate of 58-7. Heading the Terps team are four seniors that provide a threat on offense on any given day. This past weekend, the Terps continued their dominance, beating their opponents 81-11 and finishing 8-0. The Terps will look to improve throughout the winter in an effort to dominate the ACC in the spring.
- Volleyball suffered a heart-breaking loss against Virginia Tech, losing 3-2. It was not all negative as the Terps were able to to defeat Virginia 3-1. Despite losing a match, the Terps have undoubtedly had a very impressive season. The team travels to Florida next week to take on Miami and Florida State. Let us hope that the volleyball team can remain competitive this time around.