Cirovski Announces 2013 Fall Slate Monday

May 13, 2013

2013 Fall Schedule
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - An early trip to the West Coast highlights an 18-game slate for the 2013 Maryland men's soccer season, head coach Sasho Cirovski announced Monday.

Maryland - which boasted the top scoring offense in the nation in 2012 - will be tested early and often with matches against a total of 10 NCAA tournament teams from last season on the docket.

Following a pair of exhibitions at Penn State (Aug. 20) and against St. John's (Aug. 24), Maryland officially opens the season with a trip to California for a match at Stanford (Aug. 30) and Cal (Sept. 1).

The Terps open conference play early on when it welcomes Duke Friday, Sept. 6 before taking on VCU Sept. 8.

Maryland then hits the road for two important conference tests at North Carolina Sept. 13 and Clemson Sept. 21.

The 2012 ACC champions return home to the friendly confines of Ludwig Field for their longest home stretch of year with games against Old Dominion (Sept. 24), new ACC member Pittsburgh (Sept. 27), Tulsa (Oct. 1) and Boston College (Oct. 4).

The Terps then head to Notre Dame for a midweek ACC contest against the Fighting Irish Oct. 8 and travel to rival-Virginia Oct. 12.

Ludwig Field plays host to a stretch of three home games in a week when the Terps welcome Marshall (Oct. 15), Wake Forest (Oct. 19) and Drexel (Oct. 22).

Maryland tangles with the third new member of the ACC - Syracuse - in upstate New York Oct. 26 before wrapping up the regular season with a pair of Friday night matches against NC State (Nov. 1) and at Virginia Tech (Nov. 7).

The 2013 ACC Men's Soccer Championship will be held in Germantown, Md., at the Maryland SoccerPlex Nov. 15-17 for the second consecutive year. Last season, the Terps captured the ACC crown in front of nearly 10,000 fans.

"At Maryland, we work hard to compile one of the toughest schedules in the nation and this year is no exception," Cirovski said. "We are looking forward to an always-challenging ACC slate as well as games against many top-flight non-conference opponents. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to defend our conference title as the ACC championship returns to Germantown in 2013."

The Terps return eight starters from their 2012 College Cup unit, including defending MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins.