Kevin's Corner: Come Celebrate Military Day

Nov. 2, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Hi Terp Fans:

Come Celebrate Military Day with the Terps!

This Saturday, I am excited our football team is celebrating Military and Veteran's Appreciation Day during our game vs. Georgia Tech. I have always had such a great appreciation for the men and women who so selflessly serve our great nation. Having spent part of my professional career at Army, I've seen how committed, hard-working and patriotic our military members are.

So it gives me great pleasure that we've been able to invite 4,000 veteran and active-duty military personnel to Saturday's game. Please join us in showing your appreciation for all they do for us. We'll have active service members on the field to participate in the pre-game flag presentation during the national anthem, and 300 military veterans will be recognized on the field at halftime while our band performs the Armed Forces Salute.

Terps In ACC Championship Play

Congratulations to the men’s soccer team for winning the ACC regular season championship last week. The Terps finished the regular season play with an impressive 14-1-2, 6-1-1, ACC record and will play host to thewinner of the No. 8/No. 9 first round match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the quarterfinals at Ludwig Field. The ACC semifinals (Friday, Nov. 9) and ACC championship match (Sunday, Nov. 11) will be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

Wishing the best of luck to the field hockey and women’s soccer programs, who are both in the midst of ACC Tournament play today and, hopefully, will continue competing throughout the weekend. We are very proud of both programs and the tremendous success they have had this season.

Here is to a pair of lucky No. 7s: Coach Meharg’s field hockey program posted a 15-4 record in the regular season and is ranked No. 7 in the latest rankings. And in his first season, Jonathan Morgan and his women’s soccer program concluded the campaign with a 12-5-2 record and boast a No. 7 ranking in the latest Soccer America poll.

Academic Strength

A salute to our student-athletes and support staff as the University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent in figures recently released by National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marked the third time in the eight-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the third straight year the campus set a school record. Maryland's previous-best GSR of 82 percent came in 2011.

Maryland's four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 68 percent, three percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 65 percent.

Overall, Maryland’s GSR rate of 83 percent is three percent better than the overall NCAA Division I average of 80 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive year that Maryland has increased its overall GSR rate.

We are committed to having our student-athletes receive an outstanding education, while earning their diplomas at the University of Maryland. Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletics program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities.

Continued success in the classroom and on the field!

Terp of the Week

Congratulations to our past two Terp of the Week winner:Keith Cardona of men’s soccer andAshleigh Crutcher of volleyball.

Keith, a sophomore goalkeeper, had a dramatic penalty kick save to help lead No. 1 Maryland to an overtime victory against No. 2 North Carolina. In the 89th minute of a scoreless match against North Carolina, in front of the second-largest crowd ever at Ludwig Field, the Tar Heels were awarded a penalty kick. Keith deflected the strong shot at goal and the Terps went on to win in the extra period.

Ashleigh, a sophomore outside hitter, totaled 20 kills for the Terps in a five-set victory over Georgia Tech. She followed that performance with a career-high 28 kills against Clemson. It marked the most kills for an ACC player this season.

Best of luck to our football team. I admire Coach Edsall’s team and how determined, focused and resilient they have been this season. Despite the numerous season-ending injuries, the football team has continually given an outstanding effort and we are excited about Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech.

Two players were recognized for their accomplishments last week as Joe Vellano and Stefon Diggs earned weekly honors from the ACC for their play against Boston College. Joe was named the defensive lineman of the week, while Stefon was named Rookie of the Week.

Joe was part of a defensive line that allowed Boston College to rush for just 8 net yards on 27 attempts. He had five tackles, including 2.5 sacks to total minus-22 yards, and also forced a fumble that the Terrapins recovered.

Stefon, meanwhile, turned in his most productive receiving game this season, setting career marks with 152 receiving yards and 11 catches. He caught a career-long 66-yard touchdown pass for a touchdown.

Our men’s basketball team has a home exhibition game on Friday against IUP and I am excited to watch many of our new exciting student-athletes.

I look forward to seeing you on campus all weekend. Come say hello to our women’s basketball team who will be signing autographs at Terp Town beginning at 11:30 a.m. Coach Frese’s team, ranked No. 5 in the country, will be honored during the football game to celebrate their 2011-12 ACC Championship!

It promises to be exciting first week of November on our College Park campus.

Go Terps!