Maryland will face Notre Dame for a shot at its fourth national championship Sunday at 3 p.m. in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at PPL Park.
• Watch the game live on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Scouting The Terps
• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.
2013 Maryland Terrapins: 17-3-5, 7-1-3 ACC
(NSCAA #4, Soccer America #3, TopDrawerSoccer.com #2)
• Maryland’s offense is led by one of the top scoring tandems in the nation – Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma. Mullins – the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner – leads the ACC in both goals and points. Tshuma is second on the team in goals and racked up second team All-ACC honors earlier this season.
• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with talented players like Dan Metzger, Sunny Jane, Tsubasa Endoh and Mikias Eticha running the center this season.
• Sophomore Mikey Ambrose has anchored the Terrapin defense, which is incredibly young and includes starting freshmen centerbacks Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh.
• Freshman Zack Steffen has started every game between the sticks for the Terps.
Scouting The Fighting Irish
• Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 to punch its ticket to the title match Sunday.
2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 16-1-5, 7-1-3 ACC
(NSCAA #3, Soccer America #4, TopDrawerSoccer.com #1)
• The Irish are led by ACC Offensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Harrison Shipp who boasts 12 goals and 10 assists.
• Notre Dame is 16-1-5 on the year, including a tie against Maryland earlier this season. The Irish are outscoring foes 45-17 in 2013.
Terp Tourney Notables
- Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.
- Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
- Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
- Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country.
- Maryland is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Terps advanced to the third round for a nation-best 12th straight season in 2013.
Mullins Sparks Terps to NCAA Title Match
• Patrick Mullins scored two spectacular goals to lead the Maryland men’s soccer team past rival Virginia 2-1 in the 2013 NCAA College Cup semifinals at PPL Park Friday night.
• The Terrapins will advance to their sixth national title game against Notre Dame on Sunday. Zack Steffen backed up Mullins with an outstanding night between the sticks, stopping five Cavalier shots.
Terps Drop Cal 2-1 Saturday to Advance to College Cup
• Freshman Michael Sauers tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to give No. 5 seed Maryland a 2-1 victory at No. 4 seed California Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
• Sauers found the back of the net from 25 yards after Mikias Eticha found the rookie in space for Maryland’s 10th consecutive victory. The win avenges a September loss to the Bears. Junior Alex Shinsky also scored for the Terps who advance to their 13th College Cup in program history.
Maryland in the College Cup Under Cirovski
1998 – Semifinals – L, Stanford – 1-0
2002 – Semifinals – L, UCLA – 2-1
2003 – Semifinals – L, St. John’s – 1-0
2004 – Semifinals – L, Indiana – 3-2 (2OT)
2005 – Semifinals – W, SMU – 4-1; Championship – W, New Mexico – 1-0
2008 – Semifinals – W, St. John’s – 1-0 (2OT); Championship – W, North Carolina, 1-0
2012 – Semifinals – T, Georgetown – 4-4 (Lost in PKs)
2013 – Semifinals – W, Virginia – 2-1
Maryland/Notre Dame – Round One
• Senior Patrick Mullins tallied the lone goal as the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team escaped No. 2 Notre Dame with a 1-1 draw.
• Maryland was keyed by a tremendous defensive effort as the Terps kicked off the first leg of their most difficult road trip of the year. Freshman Zack Steffen racked up five saves to anchor the effort against Notre Dame.
Mullins Leads Terps Past UC Irvine
• Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
• The Terrapins controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters. Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.
#Mullins4MAC Time Again
• Patrick Mullins was one of three players named a 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist.
• The two-time first team All-ACC honoree and two-time ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, Mullins will join Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp and UCLA’s Leo Stolz at the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a banquet where winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
Terps Advance to 12th Straight NCAA Round-of-16
• No. 5 seed Maryland benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute as the Terps defeated Providence 3-1 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship night at Ludwig Field.
• The Terrapins advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars. The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.
Going Out with a Bang! Terps Win ACC Championship
• The Maryland men’s soccer team benefited from an own goal to defeat Virginia 1-0 and capture its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship last Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
• With 2:42 remaining, ACC Championship Most Valuable Player Patrick Mullins crossed the ball into the box from short range and Virginia defender Kevin McBride failed on the clear, beating goalkeeper Calle Brown and giving Maryland its third title in four years and sixth tournament championship overall.
Sauers Powers Terps into ACC Final
•Michael Sauers scored a goal with just 13 seconds left in the first overtime period to lift the top seeded Maryland men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Clemson in the ACC semifinals last Friday night in front of 3,352 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
• Maryland led Clemson in shots, 13-11, and nine different Terps had notched a shot. Steffen had three saves between the sticks for the Terps.
When #15 Scores, Good Things Happen
• Patrick Mullins has recorded a masterful 46 goals in his prolific career at Maryland but possibly more impressive is the Terps’ record when #15 finds the back of the net.
• In four years, Maryland has lost only one game when Mullins scores a goal. The Terps are 32-1-5 in matches Mullins’ notches a tally. The lone loss came against Wake Forest earlier this season.
Mullins, Metzger Headline All-ACC Team
• Patrick Mullins and Dan Metzger were tabbed to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer First Team, announced by league officials.
• In addition to Mullins and Metzger, Schillo Tshuma landed second team honors and Mikey Ambrose was named to the third team. Zack Steffen and Michael Sauers were both tabbed to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Terps Claim Share of ACC Regular Season Title
• Senior Patrick Mullins scored the golden goal in overtime to lead the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Virginia Tech. The win clinched a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship for the Terps as they cap their final season in the league.
• Maryland controlled play for most of the night against Virginia Tech. Schillo Tshuma’s early goal stood up for most of regulation before Alessandro Mion equalized late for the Hokies. Mullins then netted in the first overtime period to give the Terps the victory.
• The title marks Maryland’s 24th ACC Regular Season Championship in program history. It’s the Terps’ second consecutive title and their third since 2005. Notre Dame capped its first season as a member of the ACC with a matching 7-1-3 record. Maryland earned the top seed due to a tiebreaker.
All Systems Go Against Marshall
• Senior Patrick Mullins scored two goals as the No. 4 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Marshall 5-0 at Ludwig Field.
• The Terrapins relentlessly attacked the Thundering Herd from the opening whistle and held a 16-6 shot advantage in the match. The Terps’ five goal win was their highest margin of victory this season.
• Dan Metzger, David Kabelik, and Ryan Reid also scored for Maryland.
Mullins Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors Again
• Forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, announced by the league office last Tuesday.
• Mullins, a senior from New Orleans, had a hand in all of the No. 5 Terrapins’ goals during a rugged road stretch that produced a 1-1 tie at second-ranked Notre Dame and a 3-3 draw at 23rd-ranked Virginia.
The 40 Goal Club
• Patrick Mullins’ two-goal showing against Wake Forest put the senior forward in prestigious company when he moved to fifth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 40. After his two goals against Virginia in the NCAA semifinals, Mullins now boasts 46 and is second all-time in Terrapin career annals
Mullins Named ACC Player of the Week
• Senior forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in the Terrapins’ 3-1 road win over 13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Clemson.
• Mullins, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, tallied the first and final goals against the Tigers, who had surrendered just one goal in six matches this season prior to Saturday night’s contest.
• Mullins sealed the win in the 83rd minute when pulled down in the box and converted the subsequent penalty opportunity for his second goal of the match. The New Orleans native’s efforts helped the Terps remain unbeaten in ACC play.
• Maryland has battled opponents to extra stanzas in eight of 25 games this season, including five double overtime matches.
• The Terps’ lone defeat in overtime came at California in the second contest of the year.
Terps, Tar Heels Draw in Chapel Hill
• Sophomore Schillo Tshuma recorded two goals to lead the No. 18 Maryland men’s soccer team to a hard-fought 2-2 tie at No. 2 North Carolina.
• The Terrapins amassed 20 shots on the night and fueled by the return of sophomore defender Dakota Edwards tallied nearly 90 minutes of shutout soccer to cap the match and give North Carolina its second straight draw.
Terps Top Duke in Front of Ludwig Record Crowd
• Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh scored one goal and added two assists as the No. 13 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Duke 3-1 in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 8,397.
• The Terrapins fell behind early for the third time this season, but fought back with three second-half scores from Endoh, Helge Leikvang and Patrick Mullins to overcome the Blue Devils.
• Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma continue to show why they are one of the most prolific 1-2 punches in college soccer.
• The pair have combined for 24 of Maryland’s 52 goals in 2013.
Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll
• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.
• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.
• Maryland played back-to-back overtime matches when it tied Stanford and fell to California to begin the 2013 season.
• The Terps battled from two down to net a tie against the Cardinal on Friday. Patrick Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace scored for Maryland.
• At Cal on Sunday, Pace slotted the equalizer late in the second period to lift the Terps to extra stanzas. Tshuma also recorded a goal for Maryland.
Meet the New Kids on the Block
• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.
• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.
• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.
• Maryland started four freshmen defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal.
• Michael Sauers, Alex Crognale, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh all notched starts in the backline while Zack Steffen earned his second consecutive start in goal.
• Steffen has started all 25 games this season.
• Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.
• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).
• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.
In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament
• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 12. The second-most on that elite list is five.
• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.