Nov. 10, 1999
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- Maryland men's soccer players Dan Califf (Orange, Calif.), Jason Cropley (La Canada, Calif.), Beckett Hollenbach (Havertown, Pa.), and Taylor Twellman(St. Louis, Mo.) have all received All-ACC honors for their performances this season. Califf and Twellman received first team recognition, while Cropley and Hollenbach were placed on the second team. The four Terrapins were honored at a banquet Wednesday night that is held in conjunction with the ACC Tournament which starts Thursday. No. 6 Maryland is preparing to take on Virginia at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
Califf is a sophomore defender at the heart of the conference's No. 2 defense. The Maryland defense gives up only 0.82 goals per game, and has posted nine shutouts. A preseason All-American pick by College Soccer Online, Califf has scored two goals for the Terps this year while providing a formidable presence on the backline for Maryland. Califf was tabbed as a "player to watch" in the race for the Missouri Athletic Club's Player of the Year Award. He was named to the all-tournament teams at the Maryland/FILA Invitational and the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
A forward, Twellman is the Terps' leading scorer heading into the ACC Tournament. With 12 goals and nine assists, he is second only to ACC Player of the Year Ali Curtis from Duke in scoring in the conference. A Hermann Trophy candidate and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year candidate, Twellman has recorded six game-winners and has had three multiple-goal games. Just a sophomore, he is tied for sixth on Maryland's all-time career assists list (17), is seventh on Maryland's career points chart (73), and seventh on Maryland's career goals list (28). He was named the ACC Player of the Week Sept. 20 and Soccer America's Team of the Week twice.
Cropley joins Twellman on the frontlines, combining for a one-two punch at forward that few teams can match. One of two seniors this season, Cropley is the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and seven assists. His two-goal performance against Clemson brought the Terps their first win at Riggs Field since 1988. Cropley has tallied three game-winners this season. Like Twellman, Cropley has placed his name on every career list at Maryland. He is ninth on Maryland's career goals list with 29, fifth on Maryland's career assists list with 16, and sixth on Maryland's career points list with 76. The ACC Player of the Week for Nov. 1, Cropley was also been named to the Soccer America Team of the Week once.
The Terps' team captain, Hollenbach has battled through injuries most of this season, but still started 15 games on a defense which ranks tied for 12th nationally in shutout percentage. Hollenbach's lone assist this season came in the Terps' 2-0 win over NC State earlier this season. He was recognized as the Co-Student Athlete of the Week by the Maryland Athletic Department for the week of Oct. 25.
Duke led the list of honorees with five players, including ACC Player of the Year Ali Curtis. Blue Devil coach John Rennie was also named ACC Coach of the Year. Wake Forest also had five honorees, while Maryland was next in line with four. Virginia and Clemson placed three student-athletes each on the All-ACC team, while North Carolina had two honorees, and NC State had one.
Maryland (14-4) will meet Virginia at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Wake Forest. The Terrapins earned the No. 2 seed after finishing the ACC regular season 4-2, narrowly edging host Wake Forest who finished 2-1-3. The game marks the first time the Terrapins will meet the Cavaliers in the quarterfinals. The two programs have met twice previously in the ACC Tournament. Maryland defeated the Cavs 2-0 to win the 1996 ACC Tournament Championship and Virginia got revenge the next season, dashing the Terps' back-to-back title hopes by beating Maryland 2-0 in the Championship game.
The winner of the Maryland/Virginia game will meet the winner of the Wake Forest/NC State game on Friday. That game will be played at 8 p.m. Duke received the No. 1 seed to the ACC Tournament, earning the first round bye, and will meet the winner of the Clemson/North Carolina game at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The ACC Championship game will take place on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Spry Stadium.