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Maryland Takes on Albany in NCAA First Round

Maryland Athletics
11-15-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men's soccer team faces off with Albany in the first round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament Thursday night at Ludwig Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the match can be seen live on BTN Plus.

Kicking It Off

• Maryland earned its 17th straight and 37th overall bid to the NCAA Soccer Tournament. The Terps face Albany, the America East Tournament champions, at Ludwig Field. It will be the first meeting all-time between the two schools.
• Maryland has been one of the most consistent postseason programs in the country, having reached the round-of-16 in 18 of the past 23 seasons. Maryland has reached the College Cup eight times since 1998 and have won three national titles (1968, 2005, 2008) in its history.
• Four Maryland players earned Big Ten honors. Junior Eryk Williamson was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and was joined by senior Jake Rozhansky on the All-Big Ten First Team. Sophomore Donovan Pines was a second-team All-Big Ten pick while junior Andrew Samuels was chosen as Maryland’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner. Junior Sebastian Elney named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after his goal against Wisconsin, the eventual tournament champion, in the quarterfinals.

Doing It All

• Junior midfielder Eryk Williamson, recently crowned the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, leads Maryland with six goals this season, a mark that led all Big Ten midfielders in the regular season. He was incredible in the Terps’ road win over Wisconsin, netting a hat trick and putting together a performance that earned in College Soccer News National Player of the Week honors and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week plaudits. One of Williamson’s tallies, a 30-yard chipped effort, was featured on SportsCenter’s top-10 plays.

• Williamson brings tremendous experience to the Terps. He competed with the US National Team at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea this summer and has been a consistent member of the national team set up in recent years.

Class on and Off the Field

• Maryland’s defense went on a 567-minute scoreless between its overtime win against UCLA and its match with UMBC. The Terps have eight total shutouts. 

• Maryland went to Michigan State and shutout the then sixth-ranked Spartans in front of a record crowd in East Lansing. Sophomore Donovan Pines was spectacular in the match, and earned Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors following the performance. Pines was recently named a second-team All-Big Ten selection

• Sophomore Johannes Bergmann earned Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 19. consecutive Big Ten shutouts against Rutgers and Penn State. Bergmann paired with Miles Stray in central defense against Rutgers for being deployed with Pines against Penn State. The central defense has lined up with Chase Gasper and George Campbell at outside back. Freshmen Matt Di Rosa and Ben Di Rosa have filled in for Gasper since his injury sustained against Wisconsin. Maryland is 10-0-3 with Gasper in the lineup.

• Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, on Sept. 12. St. Clair made a career-high six saves in a 0-0 draw with then-No. 4 Indiana in front of nearly 7,000 fans at Ludwig Field. The Pickering, Ontario, Canada native posted two highlight reel stops in the first overtime. St. Clair has continued that strong form even with Maryland’s struggles late in the season.

Class On and Off the Field

•  Maryland senior midfielder Jake Rozhansky was selected as a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in men’s soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The midfielder was named one of Maryland’s captains before the 2017 season. He also has taken an active role with Maryland’s 2017 Team IMPACT signee, Keith Poe.

• Rozhansky has been outstanding since arriving at Maryland last season. The Germantown, Md., native started all 21 games for the Terps and notched three goals and eight assists. So far this season, Rozhansky has four goals and nine assists. He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection.  

Celebrating Sasho's 25th Season

•  The Terps are celebrating head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season in 2017. Upon his arrival in College Park in 1993, Cirovski has transformed Maryland into a national soccer power, leading the Terps to the 2008 and 2005 NCAA titles, seven College Cup appearances, and 15 conference titles, all the while producing countless top-level professional players.

• Cirovski captured his 400th career victory in Maryland’s win over Wisconsin earlier this season. With the victory, Cirovski became just the ninth coach in Division I history to win 400 games and the 39th in men’s college soccer history across all levels. Cirovski picked up his 100th conference win as a head coach against Ohio State this year.

• During his tenure with the Terps, Maryland has been to the NCAA Tournament 23 times, advancing to the College Cup in eight of those years, including four-straight appearances from 2002-05, culminating in the NCAA title in 2005. The Terps have also captured eight conference tournament titles (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and six conference regular season titles (2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016) during his stay in College Park.

Sasho's Crew Crunch

To help commemorate Maryland men’s soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season with the Terps, the Maryland Dairy has produced a limited edition Sasho’s Crew Crunch ice cream flavor which made its official debut Sept. 1.

Cirovski worked in collaboration with Executive Pastry Chef Jeffrey Russo to create Sasho’s Crew Crunch which features Dulce De Leche ice cream, chocolate ice cream cloud swirl and Nestle Crunch pieces.

Sasho’s Crew Crunch will be available at the Maryland Dairy this fall and is featured as the flavor of the month for September. Additionally, fans can purchase the flavor at home games at Ludwig Field this season.

Celebrating Sasho’s 25th Season

The Terps will be celebrating head coach Sasho Cirovski’s 25th season in 2017. Upon his arrival in College Park in 1993, Sasho Cirovski has transformed Maryland into a national soccer power, leading the Terps to the 2008 and 2005 NCAA titles, seven College Cup appearances, and 15 conference titles, all the while producing countless top-level professional players.

During his tenure with the Terps, Maryland has been to the NCAA Tournament 22 times, advancing to the College Cup in eight of those years, including four-straight appearances from 2002-05, culminating in the NCAA title in 2005. The Terps have also captured eight conference tournament titles (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and six conference regular season titles (2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) during his stay in College Park.

Ludwig Field – THE Premier College Soccer Venue

 Repeatedly one of the top venues in college soccer, Ludwig Field was once again rockin’ last season, leading the nation in attendance.  The Terps averaged more than 4,000 fans per match and welcomed over 52,000 total fans to College Park in 2016. That tally also led the Big Ten Conference, nearly doubling second-place Indiana. Repeatedly one of the top venues in college soccer, Ludwig Field was once again rockin’ last season, leading the nation in attendance.  The Terps averaged more than 4,000 fans per match and welcomed over 52,000 total fans to College Park in 2016. That tally also led the Big Ten Conference, nearly doubling second-place Indiana. Maryland had its fourth largest crowd in history when it welcomed 7,532 for its battle with UCLA Sept. 1.

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