Three Things We Learned: Week Four

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#1 Mullins is Captain Clutch

Patrick Mullins notched a pair of penalty kick scores to lift Maryland to a convincing win at No. 13 Clemson Saturday night. The two-year captain boasts four goals and three assists this season.

The senior has recorded 32 goals in his illustrious four-year career. He tallied a career-best 17 in 2012 en route to winning the MAC Hermann Trophy.

#2 Shaking the Clemson Cold Streak

Maryland has had its share of troubles at Historic Riggs Field, losing three of the last four matches at Clemson prior to Saturday’s 3-1 victory.

Saturday’s win was not only a nice sendoff as the Terps move to the Big Ten in 2014, it also sets a tone heading into a four-game homestand which kicks off on Tuesday.

#3 The Best Two Win Team in the Nation

Maryland may have the fewest wins of anyone ranked in the top 25, but that surely doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong there.

Maryland’s two losses – California and VCU – are both ranked in the top 20, with Cal earning a No. 1 ranking from this week. One of the Terps’ draws – North Carolina – is slated at No. 4 and Maryland’s latest win at Clemson dropped the Tigers to No. 20.

After giving up six goals in the first two matches, Maryland is beginning to settle into its defensive scheme recently, surrendering seven in its last four contests.