We’re breaking down each and every NCAA D1 team one by one to get prepped for the rapidly approaching season. Welcome back to the Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Previews! We move another spot down the list and the Maryland Terrapins, located in College Park, MD, are up for Preview!
2012 saw Maryland go 12-6, and with a great run in the playoffs, the Terps made it all the way to Memorial Day, where they fell to crosstown rival, Loyola, by a score of 9-3. The Terps had topped Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Lehigh to reach the finals. During the regular season, Maryland beat Duke, ‘Nova, and Hop for big wins. They dropped games to Colgate, Duke, Virginia, UNC, and UMBC.
2013 sees Maryland continue to test themselves. They play Mount St. Mary’s, Hartford, Loyola, Duke, UMBC, Stony Brook, Villanova, UNC, Virginia, Navy, Hopkins, Yale, the ACC tourney, and then Colgate. That’s a lot of tough games, but the Terps wouldn’t have it any other way.
Owen Blye and Kevin Forster both return at attack, and there are ten guys outside of those two who are hoping for time, all with potential and talent. There is a good mix of size and speed at attack for UMD, and the Terps are sure to find another deadly combination. At midfield, the depth only gets better. Chanechuck, Bernhardt, Carr, Holmes, Haus, and Cooper all return, and a host of young players look to step in.
Defensively, the Terps benefit from the work of Jesse Bernhardt at LSM, with some support from Gorran Murray, who will also see time down low. Down at the pole position, Maryland has some holes to fill, but not many, as Michael Ehrhardt returns after starting every game in 2012. There is talent there, and Niko Amato returns to backstop the D in net. As I mentioned above, Curtis Holmes is back, and he will continue to do well at face offs.
Overall, Maryland looks as good as they did in 2012. They have some solid Senior leaders, and many younger players with experience, ready to help lead. Will Maryland drop some games this year? YOU BET THEY WILL! No one plays a schedule like the Terps’, and wins every game… But that will only steel Maryland for what they need to do come play off time. Maryland is very dangerous, again. So watch out!
Click HERE to see Alphabetical 2013 NCAA D1 Preview posts for Air Force, Albany, Army, Bellarmine, Binghamton, Brown, Bryant, Bucknell, Canisius, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Denver, Detroit, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Hartford, Harvard, High Point, Hobart, Hofstra, Holy Cross, Jacksonville, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola, Manhattan, Marist, and Marquette!