Faceoff between Maryland and Virginia is scheduled for 5 p.m. at UNC's Keenan Stadium.
Kelly Award Candidate
Alford's Honor Roll
On Alford: One of the nation's top goalkeepers ... has improved tremendously as his experience has grown ... a good communicator with his defense ... defenders trust him to make saves ... an amazing athlete with explosive quickness ... makes dynamic saves ... a "franchise goalie" ... attacks the ball ... has good stick skills ... has the strength and speed to bring the ball out of the crease ... understands defense and how to play in goal ... led Team USA to the 2003 U-19 World Championships at Towson ... came to Maryland with his identical twin brother goalie, Thomas.
As a junior (2006): Made 14 saves and picked up four groundballs in 10-4 season opening victory at No. 7 Georgetown (2/25) ... racked up 12 saves in 8-7 overtime win at No. 1 Duke (3/4) ... also picked up four groundballs vs.the Blue Devils ... turned in another steady game with 12 saves in 9-6 win over No. 15 Towson (3/11) ... made a game-changing save by robbing Tiger attackman Bobby Griebe's point-blank shot in the fourth quarter ... also picked up a game-high five groundballs vs. Towson ... made 11 saves in 7-6 loss in double overtime to Bucknell (3/14) ... solid eight-save performance in 9-4 win at UMBC (3/18) ... only had to make two saves in 30 minutes of work in 14-2 win over Dartmouth (3/21) ... eight saves and three groundballs in 9-6 win at North Carolina (3/25) ... made 12 saves in 15-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/1) ... three saves in 7-6 loss to No. 8 Navy (4/8) ... nine saves in 11-4 win at No. 6 Johns Hopkins (4/15) ... only had to maked three saves in 30 minutes of work in 18-2 win over Sacred Heart (4/18) ... tied his season high with 14 saves in 10-9 win over North Carolina (4/28) in the ACC Semifinals ... 11 saves in 11-5 loss to No. 1 Virginia (4/30) in the ACC Finals ... named to the ACC All-Tournament team ... nine saves in 12-4 win over No. 10 Penn (5/6) ... eight saves in 16-8 win over No. 12 Denver (5/13) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... eight saves in 11-6 win over No. 9 Princeton (5/21) in the NCAA Quarterfinals ... 10 saves in 8-5 loss to No. 10 UMass (5/27) in NCAA Semifinals.
As a freshman (2004): Played in six of 16 games, backing up All-American Tim McGinnis ... three saves in season opening 14-5 win at No. 6 Georgetown (2/28) ... four saves in 10:01 of action in 14-7 win over Bucknell (3/17) ... two saves, playing the third quarter, in 19-4 rout of Butler (2/23) ... played the final 5:54, with no saves, in 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy (4/10) ... played the final 2:57 of 13-5 win over No. 13 Penn (5/8) in regular-season finale ... made two saves and allowed two goals in final 2:46 of 16-12 win over No. 14 Army in NCAA First Round.
Summer of 2003: Starting goalie for United States U-19 Team which captured the ILF World Championship at Towson ... played in all six games, starting four, posted a 6.71 goals against average and a 60.0 save percentage ... made 10 saves in championship victory over Canada ... also made tournament-high 11 saves in semifinal win over England.
Before Maryland: High School All-American at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. ... four-year starting varsity goalie under coach Malcolm Lester ... team captain as a senior ... two-time Washington Post all-Metro selection and two-time all-conference pick in the IAC ... had a 5.50 goals against average as a senior in leading his team to a 13-5 finish ... scored three goals in his high school career, two left-handed, one right-handed ... also starred in football, starting three years at linebacker.
Personal: Son of Kay DeBow Alford and Harry Alford Jr. ... identical twin brother Thomas is also a junior on the Terps squad ... nicknamed Roldy (Raw-Dee) ... father, who is the President of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, was a football player at Wisconsin ... chose Maryland over Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and Loyola because "it was my dream school since I picked up a stick" ... majoring in family studies and African-American studies with a concentration in cultural and social analysis.