Penn State 101,623 +5%
Virginia Tech 61,157 -4%
West Virginia 56,686 +7%
Rutgers 50,632 +9%
Maryland 46,981 +14%
Pittsburgh 41,315 -17%
Virginia 39,320 -15%
Navy 32,502 -9%
The University of Maryland announced on Friday morning that goalkeeper Zack Steffen will forgo his final two years of college eligibility in order to sign with German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. The 19-year-old Steffen, a member of the US Under-20 team, leaves the Terps after two years as their starting goalkeeper. He is the first player since Robbie Rogers (2005) to leave the program for an overseas opportunity.
“My time at Maryland has been nothing short of spectacular,” Steffen told UMTerps.com. “I want to thank my coaches and my teammates for an amazing two years in College Park. While at Maryland, I’ve had a chance to develop both on the field and off and I am excited to take the next step in my soccer career. I’d also like to thank the fans – the best in all of college soccer – for their incredible support.”
Steffen, who stands at 6-foot-2, led Maryland to a pair of conference tournament titles in his two years in college. He played every minute of every match for the Terps, also leading them to two regular-season conference crowns.
My take–One day in the very near future Zack Steffen will be in the nets for TEAM USA.
Flacco was good again. No interceptions. Some of his passes were off mark
Inspired play by defense–8 sacks
2 great special team plays by Kamar Aiken
Currently 9-5 and last team in on the playoffs
Patchwork secondary survived 2 more injuries (Asa Jackson and Brooks)
hard hits by Zachary Orr
Houston virtually eliminated
the 3 inexplicable plays—–
a—the easiest onsides kick I have seen successfully executed by the Jaguars
b—Successful fake punt against an 8 man front
c—getting a delay penalty on set up for 49 yard FG–pushed back 5 yards
Injuries to Asa Jackson, and Brooks
Total lack of a running game
Several dropped passes
2 missed FGs by Justin Tucker allthough both were 54 yard attempts
The USC Upstate Spartans coming in at 8 and 2 with a huge 59 to 54 win over Georgia Tech on their resume nearly added another scalp as they fought the Terps tooth and nail before finally succumbing 67 to 57 to our now 10 and 1 Terrapins. Pretty it was not and that goes for both teams but it is in the win column and a good come from behind victory that builds confidence in a young and growing team. Certainly encouraging was the all around play of Smotryz as he got extensive playing time coming off the bench as he heals from his foot injury that has plagued him most of the early season. The first half tapes should be burned and forgotten as it had to be our worst of the season, thankfully Pack hit a three with 28 seconds left to get us within 4 points and end the half on a positive note after seeing our two usually reliable stars Layman and Trimble finish the half with only three points between them, a bucket by Trimble and a free throw by Layman and the team shooting a miserable 2 for 17 from three point range.
The Terps started off well as Trimble got us in the scoring column with a driving bucket to the hoop, Dodd scored on a follow, USC scored, Nickens hit a three and Dodd scored again and the Terps led 9 to 2 with 15:12 to go. Wiley and Cheko checked in, USC Upstate hit 2 buckets and with 13:28 left it was 9 to 6 Terps but play was getting ragged on both ends. With 10:08 left USC had tied it at 12 all and the wheels started falling off the cart for the Terps. A free throw USC and a follow up Graham and the Terps had a short lived 14 to 13 lead. A bucket USC, steal and another bucket USC and a couple more buckets by USC and all of a sudden it’s 21 to 14 USC with 6:08 left. Timeout Turge !!! The Terps are 1 for 10 from three point range and Trimble has only 2 points and Layman 1. Pack makes a free throw after missing a birdie inside, USC hits a bucket, Smotryz hits a nice follow and USC scores again, 25 to 17 USC 3:17 left. Wiley gets into the scoring column with a duece, 25 to 19 USC with 2:12 to go but the Terps seem out of sync. Two freebies by Pack and a three by USC and Terps are down 28 to 21. The Terps are 1 for 15 from beyond the arc but Pack drains a trey and we close the half at 28 to 24 USC. Not a well played half and the Terps problems are of their own making.
The Terps had to come out in the second half and play better or they are in deep doo doo and they did. With 14:41 to go following a monster slam by Layman they got the lead 36 to 35 and upped it to 38 to 35 on another Layman bucket, USC hit a bucket and it’s 38 t0 37 Terps with `12;18 left. Three Smotryz and a bucket Layman, 43 to 37 and the Terps are on a 17 to 4 run with 11:37 to go. Two free throws USC, a bucket Layman and a terrific fake and drive for a bucket Smotryz and the run is 21 to 6 and the lead is 47 to 39 Terps. We upped it to 49 to 39 on 2 free throws by Dodd only to have USC hit a trey and a bucket to slice it to 5, 49 to 44. These guys are like a bad case of poison ivy, they aren’t going away anytime soon. With 4:33 left it’s Terps by 8 at 58 to 50, 2:19 to go following a tip in by USC back to 5, 59 to 54. Two freebies Trimble a three USC and we lead by only 4,61 to 57, 1:40 on the clock. A trey Layman, free throw Trimble, 65 to 57 Terps, 58.2 to go. I think this one is in the bag but again who knows? Trimble hits 2 free throws and the Terps win by 10, 67 to 57. Trust me a hard earned win !!!
Layman, enjoy him while we can as in my opinion he is headed for a lottery pick, finished with 17 points, 16 in the 2nd half, 3 for 5 from the charity stripe and 3 rebounds. Trimble 14 points, 12 in the 2nd half, 9 for 10 from the free throw line, he’s leading the Big Ten in free throw percentage, 89% and an unbelievable 12 REBOUNDS. Smotryz who played extreme well coming off the bench had 10 points, 6 boards and was 1 for 2 from the stripe. Pack whose trey as the 1st half ended changed the outlook of a poor Terp 1st half, had 8 points, 2 for 4 from the stripe and 7 rebounds. Dodd coming on strong had 8 points, 2 for 3 from the stripe and 4 rebounds. All Dodd needs to do is cut down on the fouling and he will be on the floor lots more. Nickens who got the starting nod finished with 6 points, 2 treys. Graham and Wiley each added 2 points and Cheko did not score but pulled down 4 rebounds. Cheko has taken a step backward lately but should be OK. The Terps according to Johnny Holiday, lead the nation in free throws made. The Terps finished 6 for 25 shooting threes, not bad considering 2 for 17 in the 1st half. They shot 70%, 17 for 24 from the stripe.
We move forward as upcoming is Oklahoma State away and Oakland home and then it’s bring on the BIG TEN !!!
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When this game is in Bmore, I never miss it. From the parachuting to start to start the game to the singing of the Alma Maters it was one great day.
Army had 0 yards passing through 3 quarters–a ten point lead became insurmountable.
Without the unending 5 minute media timeouts this game would have been over in 1 1/2 hours.
Army seemed to be the only team to solve Navy’s running attack this year including Ohio State
Navy has a 10 day turnaround to play San Diego State on Dec 23rd
My take–The more I see Melo the more I like him. Today:
Melo—Double Double 14 points and 12 rebounds, He continually makes the right decisions. Today he handled the press very well, being guarded off and on by 2 Seniors. I am always uncomfortable when he is out of the lineup.
Layman–came alive in the 2nd half scoring 16 of his game high 17 points
Smotrycz—a welcomed return to the lineup espially because Chekko was having an off day
Nickens, Pack and Wiley –a combined 5-18–when 2 of these 3 guys hit their shots Maryland is TOUGH to beat
Dodd–solid 8 points, 4 rebounds, no turnovers in 17 minutes–foul trouble
Offensively the shooting was off yet the Terps found a way to win. Turgeon was ecstatic after the game.
Next up–Oklahoma State a 74-55 winner at Memphis today. This will be a tough game game.
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Wizards make Statement defeating and Out toughing Clippers 104-96
John Wall gets 14th double double–MVP?
Kobe blasts teammates in practice
Orioles quiet at the Winter Baseball meetings
Can the O’s stay virtually pat and win?
Ravens control own destiny–win out and they are in the dance
Kubiak’s offense is finally kicking in
Goodell no longer Judge, jury, and appeals officer
Navy Seeks to win 13th in a row over Army at M&T
Kentucky’s Alex Poythress suffers torn ACL
Terps remain in top 20 after UVA loss
Melo Trimble leading the show for Maryland
Terps prepare for marquee matchup vs Stanford in Foster Farms Bowl in SF
Attendance suffering in all sports
UMBC’s cinderella run ends in Soccer on an extremely controversial no call
University of Maryland place-kicker Brad Craddock has been named the recipient of the 23rd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award as announced Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk at the Walk Disney World Resort.
Craddock earned the honor over fellow finalists Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, who won the award in 2013, and Josh Lambert of West Virginia.
“It is a fantastic honor for Brad to be the recipient of the Lou Groza Award,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “His work ethic and competitiveness are unmatched and personify what all of our student-athletes should strive to achieve. To see him arrive at Maryland having never played football and transforming himself into the best kicker in the nation is something that is very special. This is a great honor and very well-deserved.”