Kevin's Corner: 2013 Starts With Excitement

Jan. 4, 2013


Hi Terp Fans:

Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!

After a tremendous fall and a restful holiday break, we are recharged and energized for an exciting spring semester!

Prior to the break, I had the pleasure of participating in the fall graduation ceremonies. It is always a wonderful and exciting time to see our student-athletes graduate with a degree from the University of Maryland. I always enjoy visiting with the proud parents, siblings and family members as well. It is ‘Why’ we are so passionate about what we do - to follow through with our mission to educate, develop and serve student-athletes through a culture of academic and athletic excellence.

I had mentioned in a previous blog post that Maryland currently ranks 11thin the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 216 points. It’s an exciting opportunity to build upon that success as we begin the spring season.

Come join us at Comcast Center for a fun and exciting weekend of basketball!

Our men’s basketball team, 12-1, is off to its best start since the 1998-99 season. The Terps tip off their ACC schedule tomorrow (Saturday) against Virginia Tech at noon at Comcast Center. Seven of our 10 student-athletes in the rotation are freshmen and sophomores. In fact, 78 percent of our scoring is coming from our underclassmen.

There is great depth on our roster and we look forward to a bright future with a lot of exciting moments from Coach Turgeon’s squad.

Brenda Frese and the women’s basketball team have a pair of important ACC home games this week (Sunday vs. No. 19 Florida State and Thursday vs. Miami). The Terps, ranked No. 8, made a valiant comeback in a tough 60-57 loss at No. 15 North Carolina on Thursday. Maryland was down by 11 points with a little more than eight minutes remaining, but cut the deficit to three with an opportunity to tie the game in their final possession.

Come out and support our men’s and women’s basketball team during this crucial homestand! Here is a link attached to get your tickets.

A congratulations goes out to Maryland soccer forwardPatrick Mullins, who has been named a finalist for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy. Patrick is nominated for the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.

A First Team NSCAA All-American, Patrick was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in goals (17) and points (44) in 2012. He was tabbed ACC Championship Most Valuable Player after guiding the Terps to their second conference championship in the past three seasons.

The award will be presented Jan. 11 at a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

Before we turn our attention to the spring semester ... I wanted to recognize our Solomon Eye Associates Terp(s) of the Week during the fall semester. The following student-athletes were honored for their excellence in both the classroom and playing field:

Sept. 4 - Anna Roth, women's cross country, and Patrick Mullins, men's soccer
Sept. 10 - Ali McEvoy, field hockey, and Demetrius Hartsfield, football
Sept. 20 - Hayley Brock, women's soccer
Sept. 29 - Stefon Diggs, football
Oct. 3 - Sean Bosdosh, men's golf
Oct. 12 - Juliet Vongphoumy, women's golf
Oct. 19 - John Stertzer, men's soccer
Oct. 25 - Keith Cardona, men's soccer
Nov. 2 - Ashleigh Crutcher, volleyball
Nov. 7 - Sarah Sprink, field hockey
Nov. 14 - Megan Frazer, field hockey
Nov. 25 - Patrick Mullins, men's soccer
Nov. 30 - Sunny Jane, men's soccer
Dec. 6 - Dez Wells, men's basketball
Dec. 17 - Tianna Hawkins, women's basketball
Dec. 24 - Jimmy Sheptock, wrestling

Look forward to see many of you this spring!

Go Terps!