Kevin's Corner: Excitement Builds In March

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March 26, 2013


Hello Terp Fans:

It has been an exciting month of March for our athletic department, as "March Madness" descended upon us at Comcast Center with both our men's and women's programs hosting and winning a pair of postseason games.

The Maryland women's basketball program advanced to its sixth Sweet Sixteen under head coach Brenda Frese with a 74-49 win over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Monday. The Terps defeated Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the NCAA First Round in College Park Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Terrapins (26-7) will face top seed Connecticut (31-4) in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday at the Webster Bank Arena. Game time is TBA.

Alyssa Thomas, who has won consecutive ACC Player of the Year honors, combined for 57 points in the two wins. More impressive is how our Terps have overcome so many injuries to five key players on our roster, but have moved forward to win 26 games this season. This marks the six time that a team under the direction of Coach Frese has won 25 or more games in a single season.

After a tremendous showing in the ACC Tournament with wins over Wake Forest and No. 2 ranked Duke, the men's basketball team posted a pair of impressive wins against Niagara, 86-70, in the NIT First Round and a 62-52 win over Denver in the NIT Second Round.

Tonight, we play at Alabama in the NIT Quarterfinals. The winner moves on to face the winner of Virginia-Iowa at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Congrats and continuedd success to both teams who have provided us with a lot of excitment over the past five months.

More Exciting Events

We have another busy weekend of athletic competiton at College Park this week and throughout the weekend.

· After an impressive indoor track season, head coach Andrew Valmon and the Terps men's and women's outdoor track porogam will host the Maryland Invitational at the Kehoe Track Complex Saturday at 10 a.m. Congraulations are in order to a pair of sophomores - Thea LaFond and Amber Melville - who each represented the Terps at the NCAA Indoor Championships last month

· Women's softball opened ACC competition with a three-game sweep of Virginia last weekend. The Terps have won eight of their last 10 games and welcome Howard to College Park Wednesday for a 5 p.m. doubleheader and Florida State this weekend for a three-game series

Honors and Accolades

· Maryland gymnastics had another outstanding campaign en route to their fifth consecutive and 19th overall appearance in the NCAA regional. The No. 24 Maryland gymnastics team will travel to Florida to compete in the Gainesville Regional on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The field also includes No.1 Florida, tied-No. 12 Minnesota and Auburn, Bridgeport and Pittsburgh. The top two finishers in the region qualify for the NCAA Championship at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 19-21

· Congratulations to Jimmy Sheptock who became Maryland's 19th different wrestler to earn All-American honors after finishing sixth at 194 pouns this past weekend at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

· Alex Aust of the women's lacrosse team moved to fourth all-time in career assists at Maryland with five in an 18-1 win against No. 19 James Madison. The Terps are undefeated (12-0) in 2013 and ranked No. 1 in the country

· Freshman Tom Harris shot a four-over 148 (75-73) to help the Terps capture third place at the Seahawk Intercollegiate earlier this week. The Castletown, England native's second place finish was a career-best, and gave Maryland a boost to jump from fourth to third in the final round

· The women’s team finished in second place today at the Briar Creek Invitational, led by Heidi Baek’s t-7th result, and is looking for a strong end to the season as the ACC Championship approaches (April 19-21).

· The Terps baseball team (14-9) is exciting to watch and features center fielder Charlie White, who has .352 avg. and is tied for third in the nation with 18 stolen bases.

And Many Thanks ...

I was truly honored to be among 25 distinguished honorees to be selected by the Washington Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader last week at a luncheon at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

I want to also thank the Terrapin Club members who joined me at the luncheon and have been very supportive and enthuastic about our student-athletes at the University of Maryland.

Look forward to seeing you at College Park ... Lots to look forward to during the spring semester.

Go Terps!