Here are my top 10 plays of the decade ranked in order with #1 being the biggest and most significant.
10— March 8, 2008—Hudson Taylor decisions Dennis Drury 10-5 clinching the ACC Title for the Terps, its first since 1973. The title signaled the introduction of the Terrapins as a NCAA power on the mat.
9— January 1, 2003—On 4th and goal, Scott McBrien ran a naked bootleg and went untouched into the endzone triggering a 30-3 win over Tennessee. This was Maryland’s first bowl win in 17 years.
8—-May 22, 2005—–Andrew Schwartzman scored an unassisted overtime goal to defeat Georgetown and send Maryland into the final 4 of lacrosse.
7—-May 24 2001—-Allison Comito scored in Overtime as Maryland defeated Georgetown for the NCAA title, thus capping the 4th title for the greatest female lacrosse player ever, Jen Adams.
6—February 21, 2009—Greivis Vasquez hit a layup with 8 seconds remaining to send the NC game into overtime. The Terps won by 3 in OT and began a run back to the NCAA tournament. Carolina went on to easily win the title and Maryland stood tall as the only team to defeat the 2 finalists.
5—-November 23, 2009—Katie O’Donnell, went the length of the field and scored the go ahead goal in a play described by many as the greatest individual play ever in NCAA history. Maryland went on to defeat Wake Forest 4-2 for the NCAA title.
4—December 14, 2008—–Zac MacMath makes a leg save late in the game preserving a 1-0 win and Sasho’s 2nd title. The Terps become the foremost soccer power in the NCAA.
3—April 4, 2006-tieto—-Kristi Tolliver hits a 3pt shot at the end of regulation,before coasting to an easy OT victory. This win gave the Lady Terps its first NCAA tilt and established the Terps as one of the elite teams in women’s Basketball
2—November 17, 2001—-Shaun Hill threw as touchdown pass to Guilian Gary with 41 seconds left and thus Maryland won the ACC Title and a trip to the Orange Bowl. This was Ralph’s 1st season as head coach.
1— April 1, 2002—Juan Dixon hita a 3 point jumper to regain the lead just after the the Terps lost the lead in the NCAA Championship game against IU. The Terps never trailed again and won the title.
There’s a couple gigantic plays from the decade that aren’t there. I would put each of these in the top 5:
Gotta give credit to John Gilchrist’s 3 point play to tie Duke at 77 in the ACC tourney final in 2004 (slightly above the Mike Jones 3 right before).
Drew Nicholas off balance 3 pointer at the buzzer in the 2003 tournament against UNCW.
Steve Blake steals the ball from Jason Williams in the last Duke game at Cole.