Three Things We Learned: Week One

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#1 Jake Pace is Really, Really Good

Not that we didn’t already know he was pretty darn good before this season, but it appears Pace is ready to assume not only a leadership role as a senior captain, but also a large presence in Maryland’s offense.

Pace – who won gold with Team USA at the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer – notched an equalizing goal late in both matches in California last weekend to force overtime at Stanford and California. Pace earned a start in the match against the Golden Bears.

#2 Ryan Reid’s Brother is a 49er

Ryan Reid, a redshirt freshman who grew up in Baton Rouge, La., was paid a visit by his older brother and rookie safety Eric Reid at the Terps’ match at Stanford on Friday night. Eric was an All-American at LSU before being drafted by San Francisco in the first round.

Eric was recently tabbed San Francisco’s starting safety for its season opener against Green Bay.

Ryan comes from a very athletic family – his father also ran track at LSU. While running on his home track at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in his final collegiate race at LSU in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1987 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Reid became the first Tiger in program history to be crowned the national champion in the event.

#3 The Defense is Crazy Young

Maryland utilized a starting lineup consisting of four rookie defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal on Sunday afternoon.  It was the second straight start for Alex Crognale, Suli Dainkeh and Zack Steffen. Joining that trio for the Cal match was Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers, who also saw significant time on Friday vs. Stanford.

Fear not, Terp fans. While this unit is young, it is full of talent and is poised to only get better as the season progresses.

Up Next:

Friday vs. Duke, 7:30 p.m.,

Sunday vs. VCU, 7 p.m., TerpsTV