Faceoff between Maryland and Cornell is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Faceoff between Maryland and Colgate is scheduled for noon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium
Faceoff between Maryland and Virginia is scheduled for 5 p.m. at UNC's Kenan Stadium.
On Alford: Big, strong player who had an amazing fall ... did everything asked of him and more ... has become a team leader ... ... will play on either the first or second midfield lines ... shoots the ball well with power ... a good cutter and can carve out space for himself ... posted a strength index of 705 during fall conditioning ... came to Maryland with his identical twin brother goalie, Harry ... switched from No. 2 to No. 33 prior to the 2007 season.
As a junior (2006): Won two of four face-offs in 10-4 season opening victory at No. 7 Georgetown (2/25) ... won his only face-off in 8-7 overtime win at No. 1 Duke (3/4) ... won five of seven face-offs in 14-2 win over Dartmouth (3/21) ... also picked up two groundballs vs. the Big Green ... tremendous all-around effort in 18-2 win over Sacred Heart (4/18) ... scored his first goal of the season, went 2-5 as a face-off man, caused a turnover and picked up a groundball vs. the Pioneers ... won three-of-five face-offs in 12-4 win over No. 10 Penn (5/6).
As a freshman (2004): Emerged as one of the Terps' top two face-off men, also ran on third midfield ... won 42-of-89 face-offs (47.2 percent) ... took 83 face-offs in final seven games ... made collegiate debut and had an assist in 14-7 win over Bucknell (3/17) ... netted first two career goals in second half of 19-4 rout of Butler (3/23) ... saw most playing time in 14-10 loss at No. 1 Johns Hopkins (4/17) ... won 9-of-21 face-offs and picked-up two groundballs vs. Blue Jays ... won 4-of-10 face-offs in 10-7 ACC Semifinal victory over No. 16 Duke (4/23) ... captured 5-of-11 draws in 12-11 win in ACC Final over No. 14 Virginia (4/25) ... best performance came in 9-8 (2OT) win over No. 12 Notre Dame (5/1) ... won 8-of-13 face-offs and had six groundballs vs. Fighting Irish in first career start ... won 4-of-8 with two groundballs in 13-5 regular-season finale win over No. 13 Penn (5/8) ... 4-of-12 with two groundballs and took the opening face-off in 16-12 win over No. 14 Army (5/15) in NCAA first round ... won 4-of-8 in 9-8 (OT) loss to No. 6 Princeton (5/22) in NCAA Quarterfinals.
Before Maryland: Three-year varsity starter in lacrosse at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. ... played under coach Malcolm Lester for four years ... served as a lacrosse and football team captain as a senior... won the Coaches Award in both sports as a senior ... Washington Post all-Metro honorable mention selection and all-conference pick in the IAC as a senior ... scored 23 goals and added seven assists as a senior ... also won 70 percent of his face-offs ... totaled 55 goals in his final three years ... also started in football, at linebacker and fullback ... rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his career while scoring 15 touchdowns ... also blocked three punts.
Personal: Son of Kay DeBow Alford and Harry Alford Jr. ... father, who is the President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, was a linebacker at Wisconsin in the late `60s ... chose Maryland over Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and Duke ... a double-major in African-American studies and family studies with an emphasis on public policy.