April 21, 1997
1996 Men's Soccer Season Review
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland won its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship as it defeated No. 1 ranked Virginia, 2-0, on November 16. The Terps defeated N.C. State, 7-0, and Wake Forest, 5-1, to claim the championship.
Maryland rewrote the ACC Tournament record books during its march to the championship. Against N.C. State, the Terps set tournament records for goals scored in a game, 7, goals scored in a half, 4, and total points in a game, 20. Sehior Shane Dougherty tied a league mark with two goals five total points versus the Wolfpack. Sophomore Keith Beach also set an individual tournament record with four assists; his five career tournament assists in two seasons ties him for first all-time in ACC history.
Sophomore Pierre Venditti was named the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player while senior Russell Payne, Dougherty and Beach were named to the All-Tournament team.
Following the ACC Tournament, the team finished one win shy of advancing to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament after they lost to third-ranked William & Mary, 3-0. The Terps defeated 19th ranked James Madison, 2-1, in the first round. It marked the 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in the history of the Terps' program and the third consecutive season that it had advanced to the second round.
Despite losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Terps finished ranked No. 8 in the ISAA Coaches Poll, No. 9 by Soccer News and No. 12 by Soccer America Magazine.