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Maryland WR Diggs gets preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 23 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been to Athlon Sports 2014 preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Monday.

Diggs, who was named a first-team member of Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, earned second team All-American honors as an all-purpose performer.

Last season, Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

To see the full All-America team, visit athlonsports.com.

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Six Terps pick up preseason All-Big Ten nods from Athlon Sports

Posted on 16 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive back William Likely are two of five Maryland football players that earned a spot on Athlon Sports 2014 preseason All-Big Ten team.

Diggs, who received first-team consideration from Phil Steele, and Likely were named to the first team, while kickerBrad Craddock earned second team honors. Linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive end Andre Monroe were selected to the third team.

Diggs is one of two wide receivers to be named to the first team. Last season, he finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Likely earned first team honors as specialist. The sophomore led the team in kick returns (28) and punt returns (15) in 2013. Likely averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, which ranked 17th nationally, and averaged 26.0 yards per kick return, which was the 23rd-best average in the country.

Craddock earned a spot on the second team after converting 21-of-24 field goals a season ago.

Linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive lineman Andre Monroe were named to the third team. Farrand ranked second on the team in tackles. The senior totaled 84 tackles including 4.5 for a loss. Monroe was a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield last season. Monroe led the team in tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (9.5).

To see the full All-Big Ten team, visit athlonsports.com.

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Maryland to host inaugural Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament

Posted on 12 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been selected as the host site for the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The 2015 men’s tournament will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We’re excited to be selected as the host school for the first-ever Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament,” said Maryland head coach John Tillman. “Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium is one of the finest venues in the country and this will be a tremendous showcase for Big Ten lacrosse.”

The Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature a four-team field, with two semifinal matches on Thursday and the championship game played on Saturday.

In June 2013, the Big Ten announced the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as the conference’s 27th and 28th sports, and that Johns Hopkins had been accepted as a sport affiliate member for men’s lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

Big Ten competition in both men’s and women’s lacrosse will feature Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers, with Johns Hopkins participating in men’s lacrosse and Northwestern competing in women’s lacrosse.

The six programs that will comprise Big Ten men’s lacrosse boast 56 national championships, with schools that have competed for more than a century. Johns Hopkins has played since 1883 and leads all schools with 44 national championships. Maryland has claimed 11 national titles, while Rutgers has also won a national championship. The Scarlet Knights launched men’s lacrosse in 1887, followed by programs starting in 1913 for Penn State, 1924 for Maryland, 1953 for Ohio State and 2012 for Michigan.

The 2016 men’s tournament site was also announced and will take place from May 5-7 at Johns Hopkins.

The women’s lacrosse tournament sites for 2015 and 2016 were also announced with Rutgers hosting the inaugural tournament from April 30 to May 3, 2015. Northwestern will serve as the host for the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament from May 5-8.

Big Ten women’s lacrosse will feature teams that have won 24 national championships and 20 of the 33 NCAA championships, including nine of the last 10. Maryland won its 12th national championship this year, and claimed seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has won seven NCAA titles, highlighted by five consecutive from 2005 to 2009 and most recently in 2012. Penn State has earned five national championships, including NCAA titles in 1987 and 1989.

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Maryland AD Anderson recognized by NACDA/McLendon Hall of Fame

Posted on 11 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Anderson, McCoy Named to NACDA/McLendon Hall of Fame

Director of athletics and wrestling coach inducted Wednesday

                                                                                          

ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson and wrestling coach Kerry McCoy were two of seven new members inducted into the NACDA/John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Hall of Fame Wednesday at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at the 49th Annual NACDA Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

 

Anderson is in his fourth year as the director of athletics at Maryland and boasts more than two decades of leadership experience in collegiate athletics. He has also been recognized as a leader nationally as he currently serves on the NACDA Board of Directors and previously served as the organization’s President in 2012-13 and as the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee.

 

Since Anderson’s arrival at Maryland, the Terps have finished among the top 30 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in three of his first four years in College Park, including a school-record 17th-place finish during the 2010-11 season.

 

“I would like to thank NACDA and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation for this tremendous honor,” Anderson said. “John was a pioneer who paved the way and was a major contributor to collegiate athletics. To be recognized and selected into this prestigious hall of fame is very special and meaningful to me and my family. I take a great deal of pride in working daily to instill the same values John embodied with our student-athletes at the University of Maryland.”

 

McCoy, a former All-American and Olympic wrestler, became head wrestling coach for the University of Maryland wrestling program in 2009. He has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Terps to four top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, three ACC titles and coaching seven Terps to 11 All-America honors, while being named ACC Coach of the Year three times.

 

McCoy was instrumental in the development of two-time 184-pound All-American Jimmy Sheptock, who became Maryland’s highest national placer in 45 years when he finished second at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

 

“It is an amazing honor,” McCoy said. “I’m very excited and truly humbled for this recognition.  John McLendon established a great foundation for all of us to follow in college athletics. I love what I do and just feel very fortunate.”

 

Anderson and McCoy join Ray Anderson (NFL/Arizona State), Ian Clarke (NBA/Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment), Brisco McPherson (NAIA/ University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), Donald Remy (NCAA), and Kenny Williams (MLB/Chicago White Sox).

 

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

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Terps announce events in Baltimore, College Park, DC to celebrate official B1G move

Posted on 11 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces Special Big Ten Events

Terps set to celebrate move to the Big Ten June 30 and July 1

 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Department of Athletics has announced a string of exciting events to celebrate the Terps’ historic transition to the Big Ten Conference on July 1.

“We are eager to celebrate this big moment in our history,” University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said. “We have chosen our future, spent a year of intense preparation, and have been welcomed by the Big Ten with exceptional camaraderie. We are academic partners. Now, we cannot wait to meet in competition.”

On Monday, June 30, Maryland will kick off the two-day festivities with a trip to the Under Armour Brand House in Baltimore for the official launch of exclusive Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel. The event, which is open to the public, is slated to begin at noon and will include a brief program featuring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Under Armour leadership and Maryland coaches and staff. Music will be provided by the Mighty Sound of Maryland.

“The University of Maryland and Maryland athletics are excited to celebrate its new era in the Big Ten Conference,” Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “This is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities and our new partners share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence. We are thrilled to join the Big Ten and look forward to officially beginning this next chapter for the University of Maryland.”

The fun continues with an event Monday night at Nationals Park where Maryland and the Big Ten Network (BTN) will play host to a block party at the Fairgrounds, adjacent to the ballpark, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be an appearance by the Big Ten mascots and all Big Ten alumni are encouraged to attend. The Big Ten will be honored with the Nationals Spirit Award during a pre-game ceremony prior to first pitch of the Nationals/Rockies game at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available for the public on a limited basis at a special Maryland group rate of $14 by clicking here.

“The Big Ten couldn’t be more proud to officially welcome the University of Maryland to the conference on July 1,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. “President Wallace Loh, Kevin Anderson and the rest of the Maryland community have been great partners during the transition period, and we look forward to building a successful future together.”

On Maryland’s first official day as a member of the Big Ten Conference, there will be an on-campus celebration on Mitchell Field (near the M Circle) from noon-1:30 p.m. The event will feature the special unveiling of the Big Ten ice cream, interactive games, t-shirt giveaways and appearances by the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Testudo and the Spirit Squad.

In addition, BTN will dedicate its entire programming to the University of Maryland on Tuesday, July 1 to commemorate the Terps’ inaugural day in the Big Ten.

 

BIG TEN/MARYLAND CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, June 30

 

Under Armour Brand House

700 South President St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

 

11:45 a.m.

  • Maryland staff/coaches scheduled to arrive at Under Armour Brand House

 

Noon

  • Launch of exclusive Maryland/Big Ten inaugural apparel at Under Armour Brand House
  • Brief program featuring Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson, Maryland coaches and staff and Under Armour leadership

 

The Fairgrounds at Nationals Park

1299 Half Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

4:00 p.m.

  • University of Maryland/BTN Block Party

 

Nationals Park

1500 S. Capital Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

6:45 p.m.

  • Big Ten Conference honored with Nationals Spirit Award in pre-game ceremony at ballpark

 

7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies

 

Tuesday, July 1

 

Mitchell Field (near the M Circle)

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20740

 

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

  • Campus Big Ten Celebration

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Maryland freshman C Reed to miss 2-3 months with ankle injury

Posted on 10 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Reed to Miss 8-to-12 Weeks with Fractured Right Ankle

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced on Tuesday that freshman center Trayvon Reed has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle. Reed sustained the ankle injury this past April in high school.

The injury was further evaluated during his pre-participation physical and the fracture was discovered at that time. Reed is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks and the injury will not require surgery.

Reed (7-1, 235) is one of two freshman 7-footers joining the Maryland men’s basketball program this season as part of a nationally ranked top-10 recruiting class. The Snellville, Ga. is a four-star prospect and ranked in the top-100 of major recruiting outlets including Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.

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Magical season ends for Maryland with loss to Virginia

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.

The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.

“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season,” said head coach John Szefc. “I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.

“As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”

Junior Charlie White and senior Blake Schmit led the Terrapins with two hits each, as Cavalier starter Josh Sborz kept the Terrapin offense at bay striking out nine batters in seven shutout innings.

Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.

Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.

The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.

LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.

Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

Posted on 08 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia broke a 1-1 tie and scored six runs over the final four innings to defeat the Maryland baseball team, 7-3, and force a decisive game three in NCAA Super Regional play Sunday afternoon.

Monday’s game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

After Maryland (40-22) tied the game at one with a RBI single from Brandon Lowe in the bottom of the fifth, Virginia (48-14) answered with a run in the sixth and scored three in the seventh to take control of the contest.

The biggest opportunity for the Terps came in the bottom of the fourth trailing by one. Lowe and Jose Cuas led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up on a one-out walk by Tim Lewis. With the bases loaded, Kyle Convissar hit a line drive directly at second baseman Branden Cogswell who made the catch and stepped on the bag to double up Cuas and end the Terrapin threat.

Lowe led the Terps offensively with three hits and tallied one RBI on the afternoon, while Cuas, Anthony Papio andKevin Martir each added two hits. Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn allowed five earned runs in six innings on the mound with two strikeouts.

After a pair of scoreless frames to open the game, the Cavaliers struck first with a run in the third on a trio of singles. Mike Papi’s single to right field did the damage, scoring Robbie Coman from second on the play.

Maryland threatened to answer in both the third and fourth innings, and finally squared the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fifth as Kevin Martir set the table with a single to center field. Lowe then delivered with his third hit of the game, knocking a blooper to right center to score Martir.

The Cavaliers wasted little time reclaiming their lead, however, as Kenny Towns led off the sixth with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a fielding error. John La Prise followed with a first-pitch chopper to shortstop to plate Towns and give Virginia a 2-1 advantage.

The Cavs then opened the game an inning later, 5-1, with a three-run seventh on four hits. The Cavs loaded the bases and Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Townes and Kenny Downes then followed with RBI singles to center.

Run-scoring hits from Joe McCarthy and Branden Cogswell in the final two innings gave the Cavs a pair of insurance runs to hold off the surging Terps, who scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Artie Lewicki notched the final out.

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Maryland SS Schmit drafted by Twins in 26th round

Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Twins selected 40 total – 19 pitchers and 21 position players in 2014 Draft

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected 30 additional players on the final day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to bring their three-day total to 40 players. In all, the Twins drafted 19 pitchers, including 16 collegiate arms, and 21 position players in the three days of the draft. Of the 21 position players, six are catchers, 10 are infielders and five are outfielders.

Among the players the Twins selected was University of Maryland SS Blake Schmit. Schmit was selected in the 26th round (770th overall), joining Jake Stinnett (2nd round-Chicago Cubs) as Terps to be drafted. Schmit bats right-handed and is hitting .312 with a home run and 17 doubles for the Terrapins.

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Terps top Virginia in Game 1, one win from College World Series berth

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Terps top Virginia in Game 1, one win from College World Series berth

Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Charlie White went 3-for-5 with two runs and made a potential game-changing catch in the first inning to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Virginia in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.

The Terps (40-21) have an opportunity to clinch their first trip to the College World Series in program history tomorrow as they take on the Cavaliers at noon on ESPN2. Maryland claimed its 40th victory of the season in the win, as Jake Stinnett allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work.

“I’m very happy for our guys and everyone who works for our program to be able to come in here and play the way we did against a very good team in a tough environment,” said head coach John Szefc. “We felt we did a really good job offensively early on to get their starter out. He’s obviously one of the better left-handed pitchers in the country and I know he’s had a lot of
success here this season.”

Maryland jumped on All-American pitcher Nathan Kirby in the top of the first, as White hit a leadoff double to left field and then advanced to third on a LaMonte Wade sacrifice bunt. Redshirt freshman Brandon Lowe then hit a grounder to shortstop to score White and put Maryland ahead, 1-0.

Virginia answered with a run in the bottom of the first and threatened for more with the bases loaded and only one out, but White made an incredible sprawling catch in center field to limit the damage. White sprang to his feet and found the relay man, Blake Schmit, who fired home in time for the inning-ending double play.

“That inning was Charlie White’s inning,” said Szefc. “First, he got us going offensively. But that catch is as good as hitting a double with the bases loaded because he took two runs off the board. That may not show up on his offensive statistics, but everybody in that dugout knows how important that was. To get out of that inning and to minimize the damage as much as we did was crucial.”

The Cavaliers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as Mike Papi hit a two-out single and made his way to third after a stolen base and a throwing error. Papi then scored after Wade had trouble scooping an errant throw by Jose Cuas at first base.

Maryland retook the lead in the fourth, however, scoring three runs to open a 4-2 advantage. Cuas and Schmit used a pair of hits to begin the inning, before Tim Lewis knocked in Cuas with a single through the right side. The Terps then utilized a suicide squeeze to score Schmit after Kyle Convissar laid down a textbook bunt. Anthony Papio then completed the scoring with a double to left center field to score Lewis. Kirby left the game after pitching 4-2/3 innings – his shortest outing of the season.

White was the catalyst for another Terrapin run in the fifth after singling through the right side and advancing to third on a passed ball and sacrifice bunt. Lowe then knocked in White for his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Virginia cut its deficit to two, 5-3, in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Branden Cogswell. The hosts then added another run in the eighth on Papi’s third hit of the day which scored Daniel Pinero.

Closer Kevin Mooney closed the door on the Cavaliers, however, fighting through 1-1/3 innings of work to earn his 13th save of the season – tying a program record. Bobby Ruse, who entered in the seventh in relief of Stinnett, also tied the program single-season record for appearances (30). Both tied former Terp Brett Cecil in their respective categories.

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