On Birch: A regular starter for the Terrapins in the midfield for the past two years, Rob Birch will be a key for Maryland at defensive midfield in 2000 … a versatile and talented senior leader for the Terps, he assisted on four goals last season … Birch is coming off a very good spring and has matured tremendously in the offseason … looking for him to have an impact year.
As a Junior in 1999: A staple in the Terrapin midfield, Birch started all but one game for Maryland … he had four assists, including the assist on Taylor Twellman's game-winner against North Carolina … took 20 shots.
As a Sophomore in 1998: Played in all 24 games, starting in 21 … scored one goal, the game-winner, against UMBC … recorded 20 shots on goal.
As a Freshman in 1997: Played in 18 games, third-most of the freshman class ... earned the starting nod four times ... starts came against Villanova, American, Loyola and Ohio State ... scored three assists ... assists came vs. Adelphi, Mount St. Mary's and Villanova ... recorded 12 shots.
Before Maryland: Hails from St. John the Baptist High School ... high school teammate of former Terp Keith Beach ... played for coach Tom Bouklas ... named all-county in the Catholic High School Athletic Association ... team captain in 1995 and 1996 ... led St. John's to the New York state high school championship in 1995 and 1996 ... played for Commack United club team which won the Eastern New York championship in 1992, 1993 and 1995 ... also advanced to the semifinals of the Eastern Regional championship in 1993 ... captured second place in the Italy Cup in 1994 ... a member of the New York State Olympic Development squad from 1995-97 ... a member of the Long Island Select Olympic Development squad in 1991 ... a two-time regional team selection.
Personal: Parents are Kathy and Robert Birch ... a communications major ... a member of the National Honor Society, the Principal's Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the Science Honor Roll ... born Jan. 12, 1979.
Birch By The Numbers Year GP-GS Goals Assts Pts 1997 18-4 0 3 3 1998 24-21 1 0 2 1999 20-19 0 4 4 Career 62-44 1 7 9