Aug. 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD. - Since 2004 the Terps have only had three primary goalkeepers. That number will rise to four with the 2012 season.
Yewande Balogun, who played 4,127 minutes of the 4,206 minutes the Terps have logged the last two seasons, graduated following the 2011 season. That left redshirt freshman Rachelle Beanlands and junior Shannon Zickler to compete for the starting keeper spot in the spring.
Beanlands, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, won the job during the spring, continued to improve throughout fall training and enters the season as the starter. A physical presence in the box, Beanlands has no glaring weakness and even with just one year of college experience is a polished defensive leader. She has a mental toughness and infectious energy that will be needed while the Terps' new back line comes together.
Zickler, a native of Sellersville, Pa., has battled injuries throughout her college career, but proved tough competition for Beanlands in the spring and is a quality backup for the Terps if needed. Her biggest attribute is her ability to organize the defense and is a quality distributor.
Kristene Mumby transferred in from West Virginia prior to the 2012 season and will provide depth. Quick and athletic, the native of Ellicott City, Md., still needs to take the next step in her progression before competing for playing time.
With only one returning starter along the back line, the Maryland goalkeepers will be challenged throughout the season, but the quality of talent and depth with Beanlands, Zickler and Mumby should prove up to the challenge.