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Maryland F Wells picks up official third team All-ACC nod from media

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke freshman Jabari Parker and NC State sophomore T.J. Warren lead the 2013-14 All-ACC Basketball Team, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Parker and Warren are joined on the first team by North Carolina sophomore guard Marcus Paige, Syracuse senior C.J. Fair and Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels.

Duke’s Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward from Chicago, ranks second among ACC scorers at 19.2 points per game and first in rebounding at 9.0 per contest.  Parker carries a 15-game double figure scoring streak into this week’s ACC Tournament, and his 14 “double doubles” in points/rebounds lead the conference.  His 16 games this season with 20 or more points ties for second-most in ACC history.

NC State’s Warren leads the ACC in scoring at 24.8 points per game and in field goal percentage at .532. The 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, N.C., closed the regular season with back-to-back scoring games of 41 and 42 points in wins over Pitt and Boston College. Warren scored at least 20 points in 26 of the 30 games in which he played, and scored more than 30 points on nine occasions.

North Carolina’s Paige is the only ACC player to rank among the conference’s top six in scoring (17.1 ppg) and in assists (4.5). The 6-foot-1 native of Marion, Iowa, has scored 30 plus points twice this season – 32 against Louisville and 35 at NC State – and 20 or more points 10 times.  He ranks second in the ACC in free-throw percentage at .876.

Syracuse’s Fair leads the Orange and ranks seventh among ACC scorers at 16.9 points per game while pulling down 6.2 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-8 forward from Baltimore, Md., finished the regular season strong with a combined 50 points and 16 rebounds in games against Georgia Tech and Florida State. Fair ranks ninth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.441) and second in minutes played (37.8).

Clemson’s McDaniels leads the ACC in blocked shots at 2.8 per game while ranking fifth in scoring (17.2 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (7.1 rpg). The 6-foot-6 forward from Birmingham, Ala., is bidding to become just the second player in ACC history to lead his team in points, rebounds, 3-point field goals, blocks and steals.

Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon (12.6 ppg, ACC-leading .893 free-throw percentage), Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (17.6 ppg, 4.5 apg), Syrause’s Tyler Ennis (12.4 ppg, ACC-leading 5.5 assist per game), Duke’s Rodney Hood (16.5 ppg, second in the ACC in 3-point shooting at .425 percent) and North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg) were voted to the second team.

Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan (third in the ACC at 18.6 ppg) was the leading vote-getter on the third team. Hanlan is joined by Virginia’s Joe Harris (11.4 ppg), Miami’s Rion Brown (15.4 ppg), Maryland’s Dez Wells (14.8 ppg) and Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller 7.9 rpg, 2.5 blocked shots per game).

ACSMA All-ACC Team
(First place votes in parenthesis, followed by total points)

First team
Jabari Parker, Fr.. Duke (77) 231
T.J. Warren, So., NC State (77), 231
Marcus Paige, So., North Carolina (69) 223
C.J. Fair, Sr., Syracuse (47) 200
K.J. McDaniels, Jr. Clemson (46) 199

Second Team
Malcolm Brogdon, So., Virginia (35) 170
Lamar Patterson, Sr. Pitt (10) 158
Tyler Ennis, Fr., Syracuse (13) 156
Rodney Hood, Jr., Duke (4) 148
James Michael McAdoo, Jr., North Carolina (2) 103

Third Team
Olivier Hanlan, So., Boston College (3) 101
Joe Harris, Sr., Virginia (1) 79
Rion Brown, Sr., Miami 52
Dez Wells, Jr., Maryland 45
Daniel Miller, Sr., Georgia Tech 34

Honorable Mention
(10 points or more)
Eric Atkins, Sr., Notre Dame 30
Talib Zanna, Sr., Pitt 28
Aaron Thomas, So., Florida State 27
Akil Mitchell, Sr., Virginia 17
Jerami Grant,So.  Syracuse 15
Ryan Anderson, Jr., Boston College 10

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Maryland F Wells named third team All-ACC by coaches

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke’s Jabari Parker, who led the ACC with 14 double-doubles, and the nation’s fourth-leading scorer T.J. Warren of NC State are among first-team honorees on the Coaches All-ACC Basketball Team announced on Monday.

The first-, second- and third-team selections were made by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. Balloting took place during the final week of the ACC regular season and was based on regular-season performance.

Parker and Warren were joined on the first team by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon.

A freshman hailing from Chicago, Ill., Parker was the lone unanimous selection on the team after coming in at second in the league in scoring (19.2) and first in rebounding (9.0). Parker also holds ACC marks of first in defensive rebounds (6.03), third in field goal percentage (.487) and third in offensive rebounds (3.0).

Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, N.C., enters the ACC Tournament as the league’s top scorer (24.8), the second-highest mark in the conference since 2006 and the third highest since 1993. Warren scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games this year and owns the league’s high-water mark with 42 points. In total, Warren had nine 30-plus point games and closed out the regular season with back-to-back 40-point games.

The leading scorer for the Tar Heels this year, Paige followed up his 2013 ACC All-Freshman season with a solid 2014 that saw him average 17.1 points, 4.45 assists and 1.58 steals. In all, Paige ranked in the Top 10 in eight individual categories in the league, including scoring (sixth), assists (fourth), steals (fifth), free throw percentage (second) and 3-pointers made (third).

Fair, who led the Orange in scoring for the second consecutive season, heads into the ACC Tournament with a scoring average of 16.9 points. A senior from Baltimore, Md., Fair ranked ninth in the league in field goal percentage (.441) and 16th in rebounding (6.2).

Brogdon, who returned to the court after missing the 2013 season due to a foot injury, led the Cavaliers to a league-record tying 16 ACC wins and their first outright regular-season title since 1981. A sophomore from Norcross, Ga., Brogdon was UVa’s leading scorer with 12.6 points per game. Brogdon was the league’s only player to score in double figures in each conference game this season.

Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis (12.4 ppg, ACC-leading 5.55 assists), Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (fourth in the ACC at 17.6 ppg), Duke’s Rodney Hood (eighth in the ACC with 16.5 ppg, second in 3-pt percentage), Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels (fifth in the ACC at 17.2 ppg, seventh in rebounding at 7.1) and Virginia’s Joe Harris (11.4 ppg) were voted to the second team.

The third team is comprised of North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rebs), Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan (third in the ACC at 18.6 ppg), Maryland’s Dez Wells (10th in the ACC at 14.8 ppg), Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins (13.9 ppg, second in the ACC at 4.81 apg) and Miami’s Rion Brown (ninth in the ACC at 15.4 ppg).

2014 Coaches All-ACC First Team (Vote Totals)
*Jabari Parker, Duke (42)
T.J. Warren, NC State (41)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (40)
C.J. Fair, Syracuse (39)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (35)

2014 Coaches All-ACC Second Team
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse (33)
Lamar Patterson, Pitt (31)
Rodney Hood, Duke (31)
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson (28)
Joe Harris, Virginia (24)

2014 Coaches All-ACC Third Team
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina (21)
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (15)
Dez Wells, Maryland (13)
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame (8)
Rion Brown, Miami (8)

Honorable Mention (Four or more votes)
Akil Mitchell, Virginia (7)
Jerami Grant, Syracuse (4)
Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame (4)
Ian Miller, Florida State (4)
Talib Zanna, Pitt (4)

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Maryland women Thomas, Brown pick up more All-ACC honors

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year and Lexie Brown was voted to the All-ACC Freshman Team by the league’s 15 head coaches Monday.

Starting in 2013, the league separated the coaches and Blue Ribbon Panels votes into separate awards. The Blue Ribbon Panel is made up of school representatives and national and local media. The awards from the Blue Ribbon Panel were released last week.

Thomas is the third player in Maryland history to earn All-ACC honors in each of her four years, following Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. She made the Second Team as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and has been on the First Team ever since as the league’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game, in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game along with Brown. She broke Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 career points with her 24 Friday night vs. North Carolina. She is 12 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 24 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

Brown started in 25 of 29 games played for the Terrapins, leading one of the nation’s top offenses. She averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, Maryland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, will await its NCAA Tournament berth with the Selection Show Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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Maryland/FSU ACC Tournament game set for noon Thursday

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Regular-season champion Virginia will be the top seed for the 61st annual Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, which gets under way Wednesday, March 12, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), who are seeded No. 1 for the first time since 1981, will join second-seeded Syracuse (27-4, 14-4), third-seeded Duke (24-7, 13-5) and fourth -seeded North Carolina (23-8, 13-5) in earning a double bye into Friday’s quarterfinal round.

The tournament, which for the first time will feature 15 teams and 14 total games, gets under way Wednesday with three first-round contests. No. 12 Wake Forest (16-15, 6-12)  faces No. 13 Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) at 1 p.m., followed by No. 10 Miami (16-15, 7-11) vs. No. 15 Virginia Tech (9-21, 2-16) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. game between No. 11 Georgia Tech (15-16, 6-12) and No. 14 Boston College (8-23, 4-14).

Thursday’s second-round schedule features four games, beginning with No. 8  Maryland (17-14, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9) at noon. No. 5 Pitt (23-8, 11-7) will face the Wake Forest-Notre Dame winner at 2 p.m., followed by No. 7 NC State (19-12, 9-9) against the Virginia Tech-Miami winner at 7 p.m.  The session concludes with No. 6 Clemson (19-11, 10-8) meeting the Georgia Tech-Boston College winner at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s winners advance to face the tournament’s top four seeds on Friday, when play will again resume at 12 noon.  The semifinals are set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship tipping on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament winner receives the ACC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland plays final regular season ACC game Sunday against Virginia

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

No. 5 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC) at Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC)

Maryland plays its final ACC regular season game in history Sunday at noon as it takes on conference regular season champion No. 5 Virginia. It marks the Terps’ third game against a top-5 opponent in six games.

Watch: CBS – Marv Albert (Play-by-Play), Steve Kerr (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Fans are reminded to account for traffic when driving to the game, as the contest is a sellout!

Storylines

• The Terps have played the Cavaliers more than any school in their program’s history. Maryland is 106-74 in 180 meetings all-time against Virginia, including a formidable 63-24 home mark.

• Sophomore Jake Layman scored 13 points and junior Dez Wells added 11 as the Terps moved to 6-2 at home in ACC play with a 64-47 victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday. It was the first time Maryland has held an ACC opponent under 50 points since defeating Virginia, 66-42, on Jan. 27, 2011 at John Paul Jones Arena.

• Maryland was highly efficient offensively against the Hokies Tuesday, dishing 18 assists and totaling just five turnovers. It was the first time the Terps committed five turnovers or less in a game since Feb. 14, 1998 against top-ranked North Carolina.

• Former Maryland coaching greats Lefty Driesell (1969-86) and Gary Williams (1989-2011) will be in attendance at the game. Driesell totaled 348 victories at Maryland and is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, while Williams led Maryland to the 2002 national title and is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

• Maryland legends Gary Williams, Lefty Driesell, Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon will be signing autographs prior to the contest to commemorate the Terps’ final ACC game. Additionally, the first 12,000 fans will receive an ACC timeline poster, and fans can share their favorite ACC memories on an interactive wall.

Maryland Outpaces Virginia Tech, 64-47
Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland defeated Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don’t meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Jarell Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before Joey van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies’ lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia captured its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981 when it defeated No. 4 Syracuse, 75-56, on March 1. The Cavaliers have climbed to fifth in the Associated Press national poll – their highest ranking in over a decade.
The Cavaliers boast the nation’s best defense, holding opponents to a meager 54.8 points per game. Virginia defeated every ACC team by double-digits at home this season except for Maryland.
Freshman guard London Perrantes is an excellent ball-handler for Virginia, ranking eighth in the nation with a 3.68 assist-to-turnover ratio. Akil Mitchell is eighth in the ACC in rebounds (7.0/g).
Virginia has taken six straight games from Maryland — its longest win streak in the series. Maryland has had winning streaks of 11 straight games (1950-55) and 10 (1972-76).

Last Meeting
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Feb. 10.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four at the time.
The play of the game came in the second half when Roddy Peters’ fast break layup was blocked by Justin Anderson with 10:45 remaining. Anderson quickly passed the ball to Harris, who pulled up for a transition 3-pointer to complete the 5-point swing. The basket gave the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead that led to a 9-0 run.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 - Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 - ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 - ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 99 - All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 447 - Wins in ACC regular season play (447-435 overall record)
  • 25 - 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Pregame Activies/Giveaways Planned for Virginia Game
Maryland athletics has a wide array of pregame activities and giveaways planned for the final regular season ACC game in history against Virginia.
The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive an incredible ACC commemorative timeline poster that captures the most memorable Terrapin moments over the last six decades. Additionally, the first 4,000 students will be given a free t-shirt courtesy of Force 3.
An autograph session featuring Maryland legends will take place on a first come, first serve basis until 11:30 a.m. Former coaching greats Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell, in addition to Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon, are scheduled to appear. The autograph area will be held on the third level concourse behind section 207 and 208.
Fans will have the opportunity to take photographs with ACC championship trophies at the top of the escalator stairs on the third level concourse. Fans are also encouraged to recall their most fond ACC moments on the “My Favorite ACC Moment” interactive wall, located on the Gate A side of Heritage Hall.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Marland F Thomas named ACC Women’s Player of the Year for third time

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel Wednesday. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011, then was named Player of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Duke’s Alana Beard was named ACC Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, from 2002 to 2004, after being named Freshman of the Year in 2001. They are the only players in ACC women’s basketball history with four straight individual honors.

Thomas is the fourth player under head coach Brenda Frese to earn the league’s top honor. Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) has won the honor in five of the last seven years with Crystal Langhorne (2008), Kristi Toliver (2009) and Thomas the last three years.

“This is amazing to be honored for the third time in a really tough conference,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be in the same company as the people and players I am. I’m just really proud to represent Maryland and want to thank my teammates and coaches over the years. No success comes without them.”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

“There are a lot of great players in the ACC,” Frese said. “It’s amazing when you have a player win this honor once. Three times in a row, in what is one of the deepest, most competitive conferences is a testament to her place in history.”

“We couldn’t be happier for Alyssa and I think she has more than earned this honor. She’s so humble, she would be the first to credit her terrific teammates for helping her achieve this rare trifecta. When you think about what she does for us every time we play, it’s amazing. From the first time I saw her play, she has always passed one of the crucial tests for what great players are all about- she makes everyone around her better.”

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas’ jersey was honored in the rafters of Comcast Center Sunday after the Senior Day game vs. Virginia Tech. She is the ninth player in Maryland history honored, joining Langhorne, Toliver, Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron and Laura Harper. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, third-seeded Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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Two Maryland women pick up All-ACC honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year and Lexie Brown was voted to the All-ACC Freshman Team by the Blue Ribbon Panel Tuesday.

The league will announce the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Wednesday, March 5. Brown and Thomas helped lead Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) to the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

Thomas is the third player in Maryland history to earn All-ACC honors in each of her four years, following Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. She made the Second Team as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and has been on the First Team ever since as the conference’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. For the full All-ACC team, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/news-detail/All-ACC-All-Freshman-Team-Announced_03-04-14_diyul3.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team. She is joined by North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray, Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis and Miami’s Adrienne Motley. DeShields,

“This is just really special to be included among the best players in the conference,” Thomas said. “We battle night in and night out and it’s just an honor. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for battling every night and helping me every day.”

“This is just an honor to be included on the All-Freshman Team because this is a really strong freshman class on our team and all across the conference,” Brown said. “My teammates and coaches have supported me and have helped me through this transition so much. Congrats to the other freshmen and a special congrats to my girls from Georgia [DeShields, Gray, Davis].”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game, in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game along with Brown. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career.

“It never gets old seeing our players earn this type of honor and we’re really appreciative,’ Frese said. “Alyssa had another incredible season and was just devastating in so many ways. She shows up every game and accepts the responsibility of helping us win. She plays with incredible passion and really is willing to give everything she has for her team. We’re really happy for her to take her place among the league’s very best and we offer our congratulations to the other players as well.”

Brown started in 24 of 28 games played for the Terrapins, leading one of the nation’s top offenses. She averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.

“Because we believed in her, we threw Lexie into the toughest position on the court as a freshman, against really tough competition,” Frese said. “This honor tells you she handled that challenge really well. Her game IQ is one of the best I’ve ever seen and it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow this season.”

“I honestly thought all three of our freshmen had an argument to get this honor, but I understand there are only so many slots and there were a lot of terrific players to choose from. We’re happy to get one selected, but we feel that the future of our program is in good hands.”

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on tohttp://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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Terps Chanenchuk, Amato pick up weekly ACC lacrosse honors

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a win at top-ranked Duke, Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato earns his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week nod, as announced Tuesday by the league.

Chanenchuk registered a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to a 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke. The Poquott, N.Y., native scored Maryland’s first two goals and then tallied his three others, including the game winner, during the Terps’ game-deciding 7-0 run. With the five goals, Chanenchuk now has 31 career hat tricks and 23 career multi-goal games.

Amato was the difference in the Terps’ 10-6 win over the top-ranked Blue Devils, turning in a season-high 17-save performance. The senior made four of his saves in the third quarter when Duke managed just five shots. He was the anchor of the defensive effort that saw Maryland hold the Blue Devils scoreless for a stretch of 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter to 14:17 of the fourth. Overall, Amato and the Terrapin defense allowed just one Blue Devil goal over the game’s final 37:58. With his 17-save performance Amato also became just the third goalie in Maryland history to reach the 500-save mark for his career. Amato now stands at 516 saves.

ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Friday as No. 8/6 North Carolina plays at No. 14/13 Princeton at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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Maryland tries to stay above .500 Tuesday against Virginia Tech

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes ACC regular season play this week with a pair of home games, including Tuesday’s contest at 8 p.m. against Virginia Tech on the ACC Network.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius 119, XM 192

Storylines

• The Terps have won four consecutive meetings over the Hokies, and hold a 31-10 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to 1925-26. Maryland is 5-2 at home in ACC play against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the conference in 2004-05.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 19 points and sophomore Seth Allen posted 16 points and seven assists as the Terrapins defeated Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. Maryland used a 14-2 second half run to open a 17-point lead and seal the game.

• Clemson outlasted Maryland in a double overtime affair, 77-73, Sunday in the Terps’ final ACC trip to Littlejohn Coliseum. Seth Allen (45) and Dez Wells (44) notched career-highs in minutes played in the game. It was Maryland’s first double overtime game since Feb. 1, 2012 at Miami, and 15th in program history.

• Seth Allen led the Terps with a 20-point effort at Clemson, becoming the first player on the team to notch at least 20 points in back-to-back games this season. Dez Wells was the last Terrapin to accomplish the feat, scoring 21 and 30 points against Wake Forest and Duke, respectively, in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

• Maryland snagged 63 rebounds in the double overtime effort at Clemson Sunday — the most by the Terrapins ever in an ACC contest. It was the sixth-most rebounds in a single game in program history, and most since the Terps tallied 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

Clemson Outlasts Terps in Double OT
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 20 points and Evan Smotrycz added 19 as Clemson took down Maryland 77-73 in double overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday.
Allen’s final basket gave the Terrapins a 71-70 lead with 1:27 to go. K.J. McDaniels then drove the lane and found a teammate open in the right corner for a 3-point basket. Smotrycz had 19 points off four 3-pointers for Maryland.
The Tigers seemed to wrap it up on Hall’s 3-pointer with 19.2 seconds left in the first overtime for a 63-59 lead. But officials reviewed the shot, found his feet were on the line and changed it to a two-point goal and a 62-59 lead. That’s when Smotrycz hit his fourth 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go and sent the game to double overtime.

Scouting Virginia Tech
The Hokies have struggled this season, accumulating a 2-14 mark in the ACC (9-19 overall). Virginia Tech has just one victory in its last 15 contests, defeating Miami on Feb. 15.They most recently lost to North Carolina by four points on March 1.
Virginia Tech is a strong rebounding team, ranking second in the conference in defensive rebounds (26.3/g). The Hokies struggle to cause turnovers, however, averaging just 3.4 steals per game.
Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both points (13.4/g) and rebounds (5.4/g), including an 18-point performance against the Tar Heels Saturday. Devin Wilson is second in the ACC with 4.7 assists per game, while Joey van Zegeren is fourth in blocks (50).
Maryland has defeated the Hokies in four consecutive meetings, and hold a 31-10 advantage in the all-times series.

Last Time
Maryland came away with a 20-point road victory against Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. It was the Terrapins’ fourth straight win over the Hokies.
The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the floor, as Maryland pulled away at the end of the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Seth Allen and Jake Layman. A 14-2 second half Maryland run put the game out of reach for the Hokies.
Dez Wells led the Terps with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Allen added 16 points and seven assists.

Milestones, Feats, etc…
- Nick Faust and Dez Wells will both be playing there 100th career games Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Wells played 32 of those games at Xavier, before transferring to Maryland after his freshman season.

- It will also be the 100th game at Maryland for head coach Mark Turgeon.

- Maryland snagged a season-high 63 rebounds at Clemson Sunday, the most in an ACC game ever for the program. The mark ranks sixth in Maryland history, and is the most since the Terps had 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

- Seth Allen followed a 22-point performance against No. 4 Syracuse with 20 points at Clemson Sunday, becoming the first Terp to record at least 20 points in back-to-back games since Dez Wells last season. Wells posted 21 points against Wake Forest and 30 versus Duke on back-to-back days in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

Maryland Closes ACC Reg. Season Play Sunday
The Maryland men’s basketball team will play its final regular season game in ACC history Sunday against No. 5 Virginia as it makes its transition into the Big Ten Conference next season.
Maryland will honor the night in a number of ways at it looks back on its time in the ACC, including a wide array of activities and giveaways. The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ACC timeline poster featuring a collection of the most memorable Terrapin moments in the conference.
Pregame activities include an autograph session with past Maryland greats, photo opportunities with ACC trophies and an interactive wall that fans can sign their favorite ACC memories on.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Maryland poised to become new #1 after statement win over Duke

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Maryland poised to become new #1 after statement win over Duke

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Mike Chanenchuk tied his career high with five goals to pace the offense, while senior Niko Amato made 17 saves to anchor the defense in the No. 2 University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team’s 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke Saturday afternoon in front of 5,055 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) scored seven straight goals and held the Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for 26:26 starting in the middle of the second quarter until the fourth quarter.

Duke started off the scoring at 10:41 when Jordan Wolf scored his first of two goals on the day.

The Terrapins responded on the ensuing faceoff. Junior Charlie Raffa pushed the draw and took a quick shot that was backed up by junior Jay Carlson. Carlson then found Chanenchuk on the left alley for the easy finish to tie things at 1-1.

Chanenchuk added his second of the day just over a minute later. Freshman Matt Rambo found Chanenchuk with a good pass and Chanenchuk finished with the top shelf shot to give the Terps a 2-1 lead with 9:16 to go in the first.

Duke tied things up to close out the first quarter with a Josh Dionne goal to make it a 2-2 game.

Maryland opened up the second period with an extra man goal after a pushing foul on Duke’s Brendan Fowler on the opening faceoff of the quarter. Freshman Connor Cannizzaro had his shot blocked, but Carlson picked up the loose ball and finished the rebound to give the Terps a 3-2 advantage.

The Blue Devils then went on a three goal run, making the score 5-3 with 7:38 remaining in the half. That would be their final lead of the day as the Maryland defense began their stretch of 26:26 without allowing a goal.

Freshman Colin Heacock scored his first career goal with 4:40 remaining in the first half on a step down shot off an assist from Chanenchuk to start the 7-0 scoring run for the Terps.

Just over a minute later Chanenchuk scored his third goal of the day after dodging down the right alley and finishing with a low shot to the left corner.

The Terps finished out the half when Rambo scored his lone goal of the day, an unassisted tally after coming off a big screen from Heacock behind the cage to make it 6-5.

Maryland added three unassisted goals in the third quarter to make it 9-5 heading into the final period. Chanenchuk had two goals in the period and Raffa added his third goal of the year.

Junior Joe LoCascio finished off the Maryland scoring with 14:17 remaining in the game to extend the lead to 10-5. LoCascio dodged down the right alley and finished inside the left pipe.

The Terrapin defense only allowed single Duke goal in the final 14:17. Maryland’s defense forced 10 turnovers on the day led by four from senior Michael Ehrhardt.

Amato’s 17 saves was a season-high and helped him improve to 39-15 in his career. The 17-save total was also his highest single-game total since stopping 24 shots last season in a 8-7 win over Yale on April 20.

Maryland won the ground ball battle scooping up 32 loose balls on the day. Raffa led the way with seven groundballs for the Terps, while Ehrhardt chipped in with six and Carlson had five.

Maryland returns to non-conference play next weekend, hitting the road to take on Stony Brook. Faceoff between the Terps and Seawolves is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at LaValle Stadium.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 10-6 win Maryland is now 62-20 all-time vs. Duke and 29-6 all-time in College Park.
• With six points on five goals and an assist, senior Mike Chanenchuk now has 12 hat tricks, 31 multi-point and 23 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on a goals and an assist, junior Jay Carlson now has 16 multi-point games for his career.
• With two points on a goal and an assist, freshman Matt Rambo now has four multi-point games for his career.
• With 17 saves, senior Niko Amato now has 516 for his career, becoming just the third Maryland goalie in the program’s 89 seasons to reach the 500-save plateau.
• The Maryland defense held Duke without a goal for 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter until 10:12 in the fourth quarter to register the team’s third 20-plus minute scoreless stretch of the season.

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