Maryland Releases Men's Soccer Schedule For 2001
June 6, 2001
College Park, Md. -
Maryland announced its 2001 men's soccer schedule, which includes a tough ACC schedule and three tournaments, highlighted by the Maryland/FILA Classic on Sept 7 and 9. The Terps meet seven members of last year's NCAA field in the 2001 season, including four ACC teams.
Maryland warms up with exhibition contests against Georgetown and Richmond in early August, before starting the season at the Virginia/Coca-Cola Classic on Labor Day weekend against UCLA and Liberty. The Terps host their own tournament for the second straight season the following weekend. American, Creighton and Virginia round out the four-team field for the FILA/Maryland Classic and will meet 2000 national semifinalist Creighton in the opening round.
The ever-challenging ACC slate begins for the Terps on Sept. 16 when they host NC State. Maryland will also entertain conference foes Wake Forest (Sept. 29) and Virginia (Nov. 2). The Terps' conference road slate this year includes Duke (Sept. 22), North Carolina (Oct. 7), and Clemson (Oct. 28).
Maryland heads south for the Gamecock Soccer Classic at mid-season, meeting host South Carolina (Oct. 19) and the College of Charleston (Oct. 21). Non-conference battles against Fairfield, George Mason, Holy Cross, Loyola, Princeton, and Virginia Commonwealth dot the Terps' schedule before the regular season concludes at the 2001 ACC Tournament to be held at Clemson's Riggs Field. on Nov. 15-18
"As has become the tradition of Maryland men's soccer, we will once again be challenged by one of the most grueling schedules in all of college soccer," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "It will be a thrill to see how our young team comes together and accepts the challenge. After the incredibly injury-plagued season last year, I'm just praying that I can go through the season practicing more than just 6-on-6, so I don't have to have my assistant coaches play during practice every day. Hopefully, everything will come together after that."
The Terps are rebounding from a 10-9 season filled with seven medical redshirts. Maryland returns 14 letterwinners, but loses five seniors as well as junior defender Nick Downing, who were all counted on for their leadership throughout the year. All-American and three-time team captain Beckett Hollenbach (Havertown, Pa.) leads the 14 returning letterwinners, and is the only senior on this year's squad. The returners include as many as eight players with starting experience either last year or the previous season. The 2001 team looks to make its seventh NCAA appearance in the past eight years.
2001 Maryland Men's Soccer Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time Preseason Exhibition Aug. 19 at Georgetown (Ex.) Washington, D.C. 1 p.m. Aug. 24 RICHMOND (EX.) College Park, Md. 7 p.m.