Rising men’s soccer and field hockey lead the way

With the fall season approaching a month, Maryland’s Olympic sports have mostly completed non-conference play and are heading to take on the Big Ten enemies. Across many sports, Terps have managed to piece the turmoil together and generate the excitement of an overall positive month of action. Here’s a look at the position of those teams.

men’s soccer

last week: W @ Michigan (2-1)

Maryland’s No. 5 men’s football was on the way to re-emergence a bit after a disappointing end to the 2021 season which saw the Terps eliminated from the NCAA Championship on their home soil by Long Island University.

The Terps started 2022 with great fanfare, which teased their time – no. 9 New Hampshire at Ludwig Field, 2-1. With a road win over Michigan to start the Big Ten game, Maryland sits 4-1-1 with its only home loss to No. 20 Denver.

this week: September 20 against No. 18 Pennsylvania, September 25 against No. 13 Ohio

hockey

last week: W @ No. 23 Ohio

After a heartbreaking loss to the Final Four to Liberty in 2021, Maryland field hockey continued its path to its first national championship since 2011.

Terps are a perfect 7-0 to start the 2022 season with four wins against already ranked opponents. This weekend, the team fought back from a slow first half to claim a massive road win against Ohio State to remain perfect. Maryland is currently ranked 4th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll and 5th in the RPI, with the Big Ten occupying the top six nationally.

this week: Sept 20 @ No. 8 Princeton, Sept 23 v Michigan, Sept 25 v Michigan State

Women’s football

last week: DD v. St. Joseph (0-0), W v. Michigan (1-0)

It was a slow but consistent start to the 2022 women’s soccer season in Maryland under head coach Megan Ryan Nymzer. Terps opened with four straight draws 1-1 before finally entering the winning column during a 3-0 home game against George Mason.

Maryland did well in a 1-0 loss to Wake Forest #24 earlier this month and managed to clinch its first Big Ten game win since 2019 with Friday’s 1-0 win over Michigan, moving to 2-1-5 on the season. With only conference debates remaining.

this week: September 22 vs Illinois, September 25 @Rutgers

volleyball

last week: W v Mercer (3-1), W v East Carolina (3-0), W v Virginia (3-0).

Maryland volleyball ended its non-conference schedule this weekend with a three-game sweep of the Virginia Cavalier Classic, defeating Mercer, East Carolina and Virginia by 9-1 aggregate. The first weekend sweep of the season marks for Maryland, who has posted a record 9-3 with every loss coming in the final game of every weekend event so far this season.

The Terps haven’t faced a ranked opponent yet, but they will have to do so next time, facing #25 Illinois on the road on Friday. The Big Ten will provide plenty of challenging tests, as the team has 11 matches against teams ranked in the most recent 25 polls.

this week: Sep 23 @ No. 25 Illinois, Sep 25 v Indiana

golf

last week: 2nd place @ Yale Invitational (women), T16th of 18 @ Badger Invitational (men)

Maryland women’s golf kicked off its strong season last weekend, with young Patrice Makova winning the singles title at the Yale Invitational and helping the Terps finish second as a team. Makova fired a three-round, eight-under 205 (70-68-67) shot on his way to the title by defeating second-placed Mii Yan of Harvard by three strokes.

Maryland’s men’s golf had a rough start to its 2022-23 campaign as Badger Invitational struggled with rain on day one, shortening the tournament from 54 holes to 36. Will Corras finished 16th individually (out of 90 golfers) and posted 71 consecutive scorecards in the shortened event, but the Terps finished in a tie for 16th out of 18 teams when they were all finalists.
this week: September 19-20 Women’s @ Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Knoxville, TN)