Women's soccer fails to Make NCAA Tournament

The Terps fought through an injury plagued year to finish at .500 and qualify for the ACC Tournament but that wasn't quite good enough to earn an NCAA bid.

The NCAA announced the brackets for the Women's Soccer Tournament and for the first time in four years, the Terps failed to make the field. Coach Jonathan Morgan, who became the Terps head coach for the 2012 season after serving as an assistant coach for the previous five seasons, led Maryland to a second place finish in the ACC regular season and ACC Tournament in his first season at the helm.

In a season frought with a number of significant injuries to key personnel, Maryland finished with a 10-10 record and finished eighth in ACC play with a 6-7 record. Some unfortunate late season losses, including a lopsided 6-1 loss to UVA in the first round of the ACC Tournament combined with the fall in RPI of some of the Terps early season foes (notably Stanford and Santa Clara) probably doomed Maryland's chances for a fifth straight appearance. The Terps finished fifty-eighth in the RPI and were likely displaced by Wake Forest which made the field, despite not qualifying for the ACC Tournament. The Demon Deacons finished one point behind the Terps in the final ACC standings and lost to Maryland at Ludwig 1-0 on September 22. However, they finished with an overall record of 10-6-2 and an RPI of twenty-four.

The ACC placed eight teams in the tournament including all four top seeds - Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Florida State. The Terps lost to all four top seeds (including twice to UVA), had a record of 1-3 against the remaining three ACC squads - Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Duke and Boston College- and lost to both Santa Clara and Stanford for a combined record of 1-9 against tournament teams.

In other women's soccer news, two Terrapins received All-ACC honors. Senior forward Hayley Brock, who led Maryland with twelve goals and twenty-nine points despite missing two games due to injury, was named to the second team. Ashley Spivey received third-team honors. The sophomore from Sparrows Point, who also missed time due to injury, finished second on the team with fifteen points on six goals and three assists.

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