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#8 Matt Kassel
Position: Midfielder
Weight: 172
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bridgewater, N.J.
High School: Bridgewater-Raritan
Experience: 2 Letters

As a Junior in 2010: First Team All-ACC selection...TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Year (First Team)...named to ACC All-Tournament Team...named ACC Player of the Week (10/5)...started in all 23 games...scored Maryland's first goal of the season against Michigan State and also added on an assist (9/3)...followed up with a goal and an assist against Northeastern two days later (9/5)...assisted on a Jason Herrick score in ACC action against N.C. State (9/18)..assisted on London Woodberry's game-winner at George Mason (9/21)...netted back-to-back penalty kicks against No. 3 North Carolina (9/24) and No. 9 Duke (10/1)...tallied a goal and an assist in a 7-0 rout of Virginia Tech (10/8)...registered a pair of assists to Sunny Jane and Herrick's game-winner against Clemson (10/16)...assisted teammate Casey Townsend in a 2-0 non-conference win versus Colgate (10/19)...tallied a goal to help snap a losing skid against rival-Wake Forest (10/23)..assisted on John Stertzer's tally at No. 5 Virginia (10/29)...scored one of five goals against Coastal Carolina (11/5)...netted the game-winning PK in the ACC Championship against top-seeded North Carolina (11/14)...registered a PK score and an assist in Maryland's second round win against Penn in the NCAA Tournament (11/21)...assisted on Herrick's tying score to move the match into overtime against No. 10 Michigan in the NCAA Quarterfinals (12/4)...totaled a career-high nine goals and 11 assists this season...his 11 assists landed him seventh all-time on Maryland's single-season list...his 24 career assists are sixth-best all-time in program annals.

As a Sophomore in 2009: Started in every match but one for the Terps in 2009...ended the year with a team-best six assists...also added one goal...assisted on Jason Herrick's game-winner against California (9/6)...picked up another pair of helpers in the Terps 2-0 win against Boston College (9/11)...tallied a career-high four points in Maryland's 7-0 thumping of Duquesne (9/15) when he scored the game-winner and provided assists to Casey Townsend and Ethan White...also tacked on an assist versus Seton Hall (10/20).

As a Freshman in 2008: TopDrawerSoccer.com Rookie of the Year...All-ACC Freshman Team...started in 19 matches while missing a string of three games due to injury...tied for second on the squad in assists (7)...tallied first collegiate assist in a 3-0 Maryland win against Hartford (9/5)...ended that match with two assists, aiding in scores by Doug Rodkey and Omar Gonzalez, and establishing a career-best as a Terrapin...his first collegiate goal was also a game-winner as the midfielder found the back of the net to lift the Terps past Binghamton, 1-0 ...credited with three assists in ACC play, dishing one against Duke (9/19) to Gonzalez, one at Virginia Tech (10/10) for a Jeremy Hall game-winner and one at NC State to Jason Herrick (10/25).

Before Maryland: Ranked the No. 9 recruit in the nation by Rise Magazine ... has played with the U-15 and U-18 National Teams ... adidas ESP All-Star from 2005-07 ... two-time NSCAA High School All-American ... named New Jersey Player of the Year by the NSCAA and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior ... three-time all-state honoree ... widely considered as the best player in the New York Red Bulls youth program ... named Player of the Year in the youth program the last two seasons ... member of the Region I ODP Team ... scored 110 goals in his high school career ... scored 13 times as a freshman and recorded 27 goals and 17 assists as a sophomore leading the Panthers to the Group 4A state title ... scored 32 goals and 13 assists as a junior to lead the team to another state championship ... scored 38 goals as a senior.

Personal: Full name is Matthew Timothy Kassel ... the son of Gina and Tim Kassel ... born October 30, 1989 ... has two older sisters, Jenn and Lauren ... chose Maryland because he feels it displays the best soccer in the country and it fits his style ... lists his favorite athlete as David Beckham ... majoring in general business.

Kassel's Career Statistics
SeasonGP-GSGoalsAssistsPointsShotsGW
2008 23-19179331
2009 22-22168381
201023-2391129483
TOTAL 68-641124461195


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