March 2013 Archives
While other Maryland students were traveling in search of
warmer weather to enjoy spring break, we traveled to a snowy Providence to face
Brown University. In the days leading up to our match we worked hard in the gym
and on the court to get ready to face our Ivy League opponents.
We arrived in Providence around noon on Friday and headed
straight to Brown University to practice and get a feel for their courts. At
the end of practice the coaches played in so that everyone could play some
doubles points. After practices we checked into our hotel and had a couple of
hours to relax before dinner.
After dinner at Outback Steakhouse some of the girls came up
to our room and we watched a movie together. This weekend I got to room with
Tally and even though I would say I know my teammates pretty well, I always
seem to learn new things about them during this time.
We are allowed to go down for breakfast whenever we want to
since some of us prefer more time than others. I don't want to mention any
names, but Sarah is a bit of a slow eater. Needless to say she was at breakfast
before any of us got there.
Our match did not go as well as we had hoped. We started off
by winning the doubles point, but could not bring that momentum into singles. This
was a disappointing loss for us as a team and it shows us that there are still
a lot of things that we need to work on. The exciting part about all of this is
that this team has so much potential. We are still young and we are growing and
learning every day.
Even though we did not perform as well as we would have
liked to, this is another hurdle we have to overcome as a team. We will learn
from the mistakes we made against Brown and work hard to improve for our
matches against Georgia Tech and Clemson.
In this week's Maryland men's lacrosse blog we will look ahead to this week's game at Virginia, as a the Terps finish up their ACC slate, as well as take a look at why the season isn't over after the first loss. There will also be some information on the upcoming Men's Lacrosse Alumni Reunion. Let's get to it ...
Hey Terp Fans,
What an exciting season this has been. I am extremely proud of all our accomplishments so far this season. This team is one of the most focused, hard-working, and dedicated groups I have had the privilege to work with. Every day they come in the gym with a relentless tenacity for perfection.
The morning session of day two at the NCAA Championships saw Josh Asper and Jimmy Sheptock fall from the championship bracket as both wrestlers suffered losses in the quarterfinal round at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday.
2013 NCAA Championships got underway Thursday morning at Wells Fargo Center in
Des Moines with five Terps competing. After the dust settled from session one,
Josh Asper and Jimmy Sheptock advanced in the championship bracket.
For four days in late February, five Maryland volleyball players visited the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to take part in the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts.
Adreene provided a daily account of her experience in Colorado Springs.
I think this
week was probably one of the toughest weeks of the season. First, most of us
had midterm exams. Second, we had two very close matches over the weekend. One
of them we won, and the other one we lost.
We started the week out by analyzing our
weaknesses. After two defeats in a row last weekend, it was perhaps the only
right thing to do, because you get stronger only if you learn from your losses.
the team remembers the first practice of the week. We had to do synchronized
jumping jacks as a team. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn't finish
this exercise as many of us simply lost attention. This showed us that the
reason we're losing very close matches is simply because of a lack of focus.
Over the weekend, we had two games. The one on
Saturday against Penn was really inspiring for me, and I hope the whole team
feels the same way as I do, as this match is one of my best memories from the
first half of the season. As I recall from one of our losses several weeks ago,
we were told, "You don't look like a team. If you were a team, you would
feel it". It was on Saturday that I truly felt it.
On Sunday we
lost. Though every single loss brings disappointment, it also gives motivation.
We were close, and it means that we have to work harder from the very first
practice. Surely all of us should bring more excitement and interest to every
single drill, because if you are really motivated and enjoy doing even the
toughest drills, there will not be a team strong enough to beat you... We
must do it, Terps!
Coming to Maryland has brought a lot of new in my
life, but surprisingly, the most considerable changes for me were not the new
climate, language or the different style of life, but understanding that I am
now a part of a team.
This has a great amount of advantages since tennis
is usually an individual sport, and now I feel support and help from the team.
It also requires a lot from me because I must respond by giving best attitude
towards what I am doing and help and support the people with whom I have got to
work, travel and hopefully make progress. Even though I have been playing
college tennis for just two months I feel that this experience has already made
me learn something very important. Now I am far more concentrated on the court
than I used to be even 2-3 months ago, because now I represent not just myself,
but also my university and my team.
Second, I have started working harder
during practices than I used to before I came here because having matches every
week makes you finally understand that you have no time to procrastinate
and that every single practice may allow you to become a better player if you
have a great wish to work and a clear goal. Now, I enjoy tennis more.
It's been this way for the past 35 years and for at least
one more this is the week that the annual four-week stretch of Carolina-Virginia-Navy-Hopkins begins. This week's Blog takes a closer look at "The Stretch" and a look at this week's
opponent - UNC. There's also a quick look
at Terps who have scored at least 50% of the team's goals in a victory with regards to Jay Carlson's five-goal outing at Villanova.
Hi Terp Fans!
Spring break is finally here, but that doesn't stop the Gym Terps from practicing! Even though school is out, it's been a busy weekend for the Terps.
Almost half of a
season has already passed. The time goes by really fast when we are excited
about what we are doing. Every day that we are here, we get new impressions and
We work hard both on
and off the court, and I think we all are getting better every day.
Most of our matches
are really tough, but it is adjusting to difficulties that makes us stronger.
Personally, I feel that I have a long way to go. But that's what I like
about being on this team and competing in the ACC. As long as I am not
satisfied with the way that I'm playing, I can keep trying to do better and
keep moving forward.
Being a Terp means
paying a lot of attention to the mental part of tennis. Since the first day of
practice, our coaches have been very careful about our attitude. Right away
they showed us that they will never accept a defeat.
I mean, we are
supposed to do everything to win and believe that we can win in any situation
and against any opponent.
last weekend was not lucky for our team.
We lost our Saturday
match against the University of Virginia and won only one doubles match.
However, I was very happy about that doubles match. We showed everything we
were able to do on the court on that day.
Also, I was very proud
of Vroni, who was very close to beat a player ranked in the top 10.
On Sunday, we played
at Virginia Tech. Thanks to the great job of Tali and Olya, we gained two
points on courts 5 and 6. But for most of us, that day was really hard, because
we were simply not able to implement what we had been working on the week
before. Again, we could win more matches. Sarah's singles match and Gabby
and Olya's doubles match were very close.
Anyway, we got a very
good learning experience last weekend. We fought hard and we revealed the
things that we need to improve to make a step forward.
We have four days to
practice and get ready before our next matches. I am sure that we will do
Hey Terp Fans!
It is not registering in my head that this season is just about almost over. We just had our last home competition, Senior Night, which was sad yet so exciting at the same time.
The Blog was off last week with the midweek game on the
schedule (yes all of the work was done to get ready for it even if it wasn't
played), so that means there's a whole heck of a lot to get to this week.
We will preview this Saturday's game at Villanova and the impact the Philadelphia area has had on Maryland lacrosse, rewind the wins at Duke and over Stony Brook and give an update on your chance to own a special piece of
With the ACC Wrestling Championships set for Saturday at Comcast Center, I will be previewing each weight class in three installments leading up to the weekend. Today, 174 through 285 are under the microscope.
With the ACC Wrestling Championships set for Saturday at Comcast Center, I will be previewing each weight class in three installments leading up to the weekend. Today, 149 through 165 are under the microscope.
We began our week after a
tough weekend playing matches. We spent a lot of energy because playing both
Saturday and Sunday isn't that easy. Our Saturday match against Columbia opened
up my eyes to a lot of things. At this point, I realized how important it is to
act as a team. Before that, our opponents at home weren't that strong. This
time, we faced a team that was ranked in top 60. It was a challenging match for
us, and I felt like what we needed to do was stay together, but under the
pressure that Columbia created by being energetic, we were really quiet.
The coaches tried to explain to us that our main problem, wasn't
technique, physical condition, or that we were much weaker then Columbia. We
just simply needed to be more energetic and aggressive in positive way. After
our coaches talked to us, I had a lot to think about on the Saturday night. I
think we all did.
The most important thing
is that we didn't give up! We had a team talk, and decided to try bring our
team together. It is really tough goal for Coach Panova and ourselves to make a
team out of five freshman, even though for Sarah it's a second semester. So
during our talk, we tried to find our weak spots, and came to conclusion that
we should spend more time together! So on Saturday night the baby Terps
(freshmen), Vroni and Welma watched a movie in the team room. Sarah picked the
movie and proved that she has great taste because everybody seemed to enjoy
Spending time together
helps a lot. It helps us to get to know each other more, and helps the veterans
teach baby Terps what it's like to be a team. We could see the progress on the
court the next day as we beat Richmond 6-1!
We had the following
Monday off, to rest and think over our recent experience. It was important to
start our week off well, so we could move forward and get stronger before our
upcoming match against VCU. We had to work a lot on our energy, and our coaches
gave us a lot of exercises for that so we could practice our cheering and
acting as a team. We actually practiced for the first time outside on
Wednesday. What a great feeling! So much more freedom. I hope that spring will
come soon and that warm weather will come with it!
Friday morning we headed
to Richmond. It was a long trip, but we seemed to enjoy it, playing songs,
talking and making jokes. During lunch before the match, everybody looked
exited to play against such a great team. You could see that we were a team and even the waitress tried to join our conversation because it looked very
energetic and fun. We came on court with a different attitude, ready to fight
and support each other! Although you could see we were a little nervous,
because the doubles started a little tight. It was the second time Gabi and I
had played together and it was still sometimes confusing, but we were trying
hard and I'm sure we will get much better with a little more team effort and
time. We will get much stronger. In singles, we showed so much more energy than
before! Our opponents might have been a little more consistent, but the way we
were acting on the court, it looked like we had won. Losing 4-3 wasn't that
bad because we really showed the improvement in our attitude.
During the weekend we got
some rest and we are now ready to work hard, be energetic, and have fun as a team
on and off the court. We have to enjoy hitting every ball, as Coach Panova said,
that's where the energy will come from. Now we know that and will work on
improving our tennis skills for our next match against Virginia on Saturday!
Lets go Terps!
With the ACC Wrestling Championships set for Saturday at Comcast Center, I will be previewing each weight class in three installments leading up to the weekend. Today, 125 through 141 are under the microscope.
Hey Terps Fans!
It's been a busy weekend for the Terps! We had our first plane trip of the season to Auburn University. We left College Park Thursday morning and didn't return home until Saturday night, but we had a really fun weekend! Although we were disappointed that we didn't get the win vs. Auburn, we still put up a great away score and had many highlights. Throughout the entire meet, our team did not give up. Even though a few little things didn't go our way, we fought the whole way until the end. I could not be more proud of this team and the way we stick together.
This coming week is a huge week with a bittersweet ending... Senior night. I cannot believe we are approaching our last home meet of the season; it has flown by! I am beyond excited to honor our two seniors, Kesley and Ally, for all their hard work and dedication to this team. However, I know I speak for the rest of the team when I say we are not ready to say goodbye to two of our incredible teammates and sisters. Thank goodness we still have a few more meets after this weekend, and I know we will enjoy every single moment together!
Be sure to come to our home meet this Sunday at 5pm vs. Central Michigan and Yale and help us send out our Seniors the right way! Thanks for reading Terp fans!