#3 Terps Battle #22 Duke Friday Night
Oct. 12, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 3 Maryland men's soccer team helps kick off Maryland Madness Friday as it battles No. 22 Duke at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.com
The Terps (12-1-1, 3-1-0 ACC) turned to an unlikely source for their offensive output against Adelphi Tuesday night as redshirt sophomore Jake Pace netted his first two career goals in a 2-0 shutout. Maryland remains atop the ACC in goals per game (2.43).
Duke (7-4-1, 3-1-1 ACC) is unbeaten in its last seven games. Friday's ACC showdown will feature two of the nation's premier strikers as Andrew Wenger leads the Blue Devils with 15 goals while forward Casey Townsend has racked up a team-high 12 for the Terps.
Head men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon will kick off the honorary first ball as a prelude to Maryland Madness which begins at 9:30 p.m. at Comcast Center. A shuttle from Ludwig will be available for the first 350 students at Friday night's match.
· Friday's match will be available via webcast at ESPN3.com.
· Fans will be able to follow all of the action on umterps.com via Gametracker.
· Maryland's student-run radio station, WMUC, will also be broadcasting the match at WMUCsports.com.
· Click here for ticket information for all 2011 Maryland men's soccer home games.
General Information: After 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends, there is no charge for parking in Lots Z1 or 1b or in Regents Drive Garage. Lots R2 and R3 are limited to vehicles displaying current valid permits for the respective lots at all times. The Stadium Drive Garage is closed on weekends.
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Scouting The Terps
· The Terps are led on offense by 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list selection Casey Townsend and his sophomore counterpart Patrick Mullins. Towsend, a Traverse City, Mich., native, is the top returning scorer for the Terps after scoring nine goals for 2010 ACC champion Maryland. He has already eclipsed that mark in 2011, with 12 goals through 14 matches. The 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year, Mullins has five goals and has also dished two assists for 12 points.
· John Stertzer has been the statiscial leader in the midfield thus far, tallying nine goals, including the game-winner in overtime at UMBC and against Rutgers, and three assists. Kaoru Forbess, Helge Leikvang and Sunny Jane have sealed up the remainder of the midfield with rookie Alex Shinsky earning significant playing time as the first player off the bench. Jane leads the Terps with five assists. Jereme Raley has also seen action in the starting lineup.
·Taylor Kemp returns for his third season as a starter at outside back and, along with senior captain Alex Lee, have led a dynamic defensive effort through 14 games. Widner Saint Cyr and London Woodberry have been solid as well. Maryland is surrendering a mere 0.69 goals per contest. They have allowed only 39 shots on goal all season.
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Scouting The Blue Devils
· The Blue Devils are led on offense by reigning ACC Player of the Week Andrew Wenger, who leads the nation with 15 goals this season.
· Friday night's match pins the top two scoring offenses in the conference against each other. Maryland is averaging 2.43 goals per game, just edging Duke's 2.42.
· Maryland leads the all-time series, 44-22-3.
Pace Leads Terps Past Adelphi
· The Terrapin defense held the Panthers to zero shots in the second half as freshman goalkeeper Keith Cardona earned his first career victory between the pipes. It was Maryland's seventh shutout of the year.
Terps Drop First Game of the Year
· NSCAA National Player of the Week Casey Townsend tallied his team-leading 12th goal of the season to equalize the match in the 61st minute before a late strike to the upper 90 by Will Bates in the 84th minute put the Cavaliers over the top in the physical affair.
Protect This House
· The Terps have not lost more than two games at home in a season since 2001, boasting a 100-11-8 record in the last 10 years.
Stertzer Celebrates 21st Birthday in Rutgers Win
· Stertzer scored the game-winning goal just seven minutes into the first overtime to propel the Terrapins.
Townsend Named National Player of the Week
· The senior, who was also named ACC Player of the Week, scored two goals on the week, one each against Charlotte and Creighton.
Terps Top #2 Creighton for Marquee Win
·The Maryland defense was strong throughout the 90 minutes, holding the Bluejays without a shot until the 48th minute of play.
· The Terps have held 12 of 14 teams they faced this season to one goal or less.
Terps Grind Out Win vs. #12 Charlotte
· Stertzer, a native of Oakton, Va., has tallied nine scores, including the game-winner in overtime at UMBC and against Rutgers, and also has three assists. Townsend has tallied a team-high 12 goals, including a hat trick at UMBC. Mullins, last year's ACC Freshman of the Year, has five goals in 2011, including two against No. 8 Boston College.
· The Terps are averaging nearly 10 shots per game more than their foes in 2011 and is second in the league with 17.4 per contest.
· Maryland is averaging a league-best 2.43 per game heading into Friday's match against Duke. The squad is first in total goals and fifth in scoring offense nationally through 13 games.
Cirovski Nets Career Win No. 300 vs. Radford
· The Maryland victory vaults Cirovski into the top 10 among active NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches.
Stertzer's Time to Shine
· The midfielder boasts nine goals this season, more than double his career mark (four) entering the 2011 campaign.
· He tallied his second multi-goal showing of the season with a pair on his 21st birthday against Rutgers.
Townsend Climbs the Charts
· The senior is currently sixth all-time in Maryland men's soccer history in career goals. He needs one more goal to move into the top five.
Terps Cruise to First ACC Win
· Sophomore Patrick Mullins scored twice and goalkeeper Will Swaim secured his third shutout of the season as the Terrapins outshot the Eagles, 18-4. Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp accounted for Maryland's other two goals.· Head coach Sasho Cirovski was honored before the game for earning his 300th win on Sept. 4 against Radford.
Jane the Playmaker
· Jane has tallied a career-best five assists this season, a team-best average of 0.36 per game.
Cirovski Nets Career Win No. 300 vs. Radford
· The Maryland victory vaults Cirovski into the top 10 all-time among active NCAA Division I men's soccer head coaches.
Maryland Soccer on Display in Stanford Win
· The crowd, which ranked as the second most in Ludwig Field history, and a live Fox Soccer Channel audience were treated to four first half goals by the Terps, including two from senior Casey Townsend.
· The four first half goals were the most for the Terrapins since scoring four on September 15, 2009 against Duquesne in a 7-0 drubbing. Ironically, Townsend scored two first half goals in that match as well.
· Townsend has already recorded two multi-goal performances this season, including his second career hat trick against UMBC.
· He was tabbed to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week for his efforts against UMBC.
Mullins Snags ACC Player of the Week Nod
· Mullins led Maryland to its first 5-0 start since 2004 with his first career two-goal outing in a 4-0 rout of the Eagles.
· The sophomore forward netted the second and third goals in the Terps' victory over BC. He was also named to both the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week.
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Townsend Earns Preseason Honors
· Townsend was tabbed to the initial 42-player list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in college soccer. A senior from Traverse City, Mich., the 2010 First Team All-ACC pick is Maryland's top returning scorer after tallying nine goals as a junior.
· Townsend was also named a College Soccer News Second Team Preseason All-American.
ACC Freshman of the Year Returns for Terps
· As a midfielder, Mullins was also a TopDrawerSoccer All-Rookie second team pick.
From College Park to the MLS
Terps Land Top Recruit
· Shinsky is a member of U-17 U.S. National Team where he scored a goal for the U.S. U-17 National Team in the FIFA World Cup in Malawi.
· Swaim began his career at Maryland as a starter during his freshman season and has made a valiant return to a starting role in 2011, giving up only 10 goals in 12 games thus far.
Fan Friendly Ludwig Field
· A program-high crowd of 7,260 watched Maryland top No. 9 Duke in 2010. The Terps were second nationally in overall attendance in 2009. Maryland has averaged more than 2,000 fans per match in each of the last seven seasons.
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