Hello Terp Nation!
It’s championship Tuesday in College Park as we emerge from Memorial Day weekend with another National Championship under our belts – this one courtesy of the women’s lacrosse team! The title marked the Maryland athletic department’s seventh national title over the last six seasons.
The women’s lacrosse team’s triumph capped off a superb weekend for Terp Nation which began in celebration with graduation and continued with the men’s lacrosse team’s 22nd appearance in the NCAA Final Four and the baseball team’s historic run to the ACC Tournament title game.
Head coach Cathy Reese returned the women’s lacrosse program to glory with the program’s NCAA record 12th national title with a wire-to-wire 15-12 victory over Syracuse Sunday night in front of a spectacular Maryland-driven crowd. It was the ninth overall NCAA title for Reese at Maryland, who has captured four as a player, three as an assistant coach and two as a head coach.
Lone senior starter Beth Glaros saved her best game for last, scoring five goals to lead Maryland to victory. Believe it or not, the Terps will return 11 of 12 starters next season – including 2014 Tewaarton Award Finalists Taylor Cummings and Megan Douty.
I must also recognize the baseball team, which is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 43 years! Head coach John Szefc and the Terps closed out their final ACC Tournament with a bang, knocking off No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 Florida State on back-to-back days to earn a runner-up finish in Greensboro.
The Terps earned the No. 2 seed in the Columbia regional, and return to action with a matchup against Old Dominion Friday at 1 p.m. Click here for all tournament information.
The men’s lacrosse team’s loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium over the weekend should not overshadow its incredible season, which included a nation’s-best four first team All-America bids. The 2014 campaign was a strong indication for the viability of John Tillman’s program, which returns 10 starters next year.
The track & field team continues its season this weekend as it sends seven athletes to Jacksonville, Fla. for the NCAA East Regional competition. The team improbably qualified three high jumpers: Thea LaFond, Amber Melville and Amina Smith.
Elsewhere, Sean Bosdosh and Victor Fox each received PING All-Northeast Region honors for their work on the golf links. Bosdosh completed his career with a top-15 finish at NCAA Regionals, while the freshman Fox has a promising future ahead of him.
And finally, a note to all our graduating student-athletes: The best part of my job is watching our student-athletes graduate. We appreciate your commitment, dedication and tireless work ethic in pursuing their degree and proudly representing our athletic program at the University of Maryland. I have little doubt that you will go on to great things in your personal and professional lives!