There is a lot going on for Maryland Athletics right now. Of course all 95% of really care about is the Men’s Basketball team, but there is still a lot going on for the athletic department to be excited about. Just not for a our flagship program.
First, we have to congratulate the Womens Hoops team. They advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a win last night against Louisville. Laura Mincy lead the way with 24 points and Tianna Hawkins added 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was a nice win. I wouldn’t say it was a great game, but they fought it out and escaped the friendly confines of Comcast Center with a 72-68 win that came down to the wire. Thanks to a late 13-4 run the Terps move on to face defending National Champion Texas A&M on Saturday. I have not seen a game time as of yet, but it will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.
The next sport deserving some attention is Wrestling. As a team the Terps finished in 31st place at the NCAA Championships. Individually All-American Josh Asper finished in 6th place. Also worth mentioning, the Terps won the ACC Championship for the second consecutive season.
After the hot start, we took a big interest in the baseball team. While they are still having a good season, they have hit some bumps since starting ACC play. They currently are 14-6 with a game tonight against George Washington. Over the weekend though, the team was able to get their first ACC win in Sunday’s game against #4 UNC. Brett Harmen struck out 8 in 8 scoreless innings. The Terps were able to hold on for the 1-0 victory. Though the Terps are only 1-5 in ACC play, they have been very competitive in most games. There is no doubt this team is building something here. The only problem is getting past the top teams in the ACC still seems to be a little bit of a dream, but the gap is narrowing.
If it is Spring in Maryland, it must be Lacrosse season. So far this year the Men’s team is ranked #6 in the country with a record of 5-1. There are still several tough games left starting with a visit to UNC this weekend, followed by games against Virginia, Navy, and Johns Hopkins. The women’s laxer’s are currently ranked #5 with a 7-2 record. Needless to say, barring a complete collapse, both teams should be a factor in the NCAA Tournaments.
Last, but not least, spring football has kicked off. I don’t know if it is the lack of interest, or if it is Randy Edsall keeping a tight lid on all things Maryland Football, but there hasn’t been a ton of news to report in regards to the team. I think everyone is ready to put last season behind them, and if things are going to get any better, it has to start now. Still this program has a long way to go to build some interest again. Anything short of a winning record, and Randy Edsall might want to start thinking about looking elsewhere before he is run out of town. The number of people in his corner is much smaller than last year, and another loosing campaign after having so many key players want out of his program will make that number of supporters even smaller. They are currently off for Spring Break, but will be back in action on the 27th.
One final thing to mention is an article in the Sun about Steve Blake. It is on that hit close to home for me since I lost a cousin to childhood brain cancer. Blake lost a cousin to cancer and has partnered with the Children Cancer Association to raise money for the fight against Cancer. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since the Terps won the 2002 Tournament, but it is great to see that Steve Blake is taking an active role in trying to help defeat cancer.
So, there you are. A nice little wrap up of all the going ons in all things Maryland sports. It was a long fall and another winter without and ACC tournament birth, so it is nice to get a look at some teams who have had and are having some success on a national level.