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Here We Go Again: Softball, WLax, Gynmastics & Baseball (& carpal tunnel syndrome?)

Sunday was another busy day for Maryland athletes. The softball team was not able to carry over any momentum from their two wins on Saturday dropping a 4-0 decision to Dartmouth’s Big Green. Two Terrapin errors in the bottom of the third allowed Dartmouth to brak the scoreless tie scoring two unearned runs. The Terps got the leadoff batter on in several innings but were never able to mount a serious threat and Dartmouth reached its final margin on a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Still, the Terps managed to bring home a winning record from their foray into Florida and come home to open their ACC season with three games against Virginia beginning with a double header at 1:30 on Saturday.

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The women’s lacrosse team playing their second game in as many days, traveled down the highway from Boston to Long Island where they took on the 5-1 Stone Brook Seawolves. The Terps peppered the goal early but Kristen Lamon’s shot was wide and the Stony Brook goalie saved a shot from the crosse of Halle Majorana and after a successful clear the home team took a 1-0 lead. After the Seawolves controlled the ensuing draw, Maryland forced a turnover and drew the first free position shot of the game but Stony Brook’s goalie was again up to the tasked and stopped Beth Glaros’s attempt. Glaros had another free position opportunity but shot it wide. The Terrapins finally got the equalizer when Meghan Douty picked up a ground ball after a Stony Brook turnover and Kat Schwarzmann made good on Maryland’s third free position chance of the game. Once again the Terps lost the draw but picked up a ground ball and Brooke Griffin scored on an assist from Schwarzmann and Maryland had their first lead of the day. Taylor Cummings got off a quick shot off the draw but Stony Brook’s goalie came up with her third save of the half. Some tight midfield play characterized the next few minutes as both teams turned the ball over and the home team tied the score with 12:33 left in the half. Maryland controlled the draw but Stony Brook’s goalie stopped Cummings’s shot for her fourth save of the half. However, Alex Aust quickly forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball and Schwarzmann scored unassisted putting the Terps back on top 3-2. Kelly McPartland picked up a yellow card at the 8:34 mark and the Seawolves capitalized on the player advantage tying the score with just over seven minutes remaining. The Terps bounced back again with 3:36 left in the half as Schwarzmann picked up her third goal of the half and second off a free position. Stony Brook controlled the draw and was content to hold the ball for the last shot which went wide and Maryland carried a slim 4-3 lead into the locker room.

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Across town at George Washington, the Maryland gymnastics team looked to bounce back from Friday’s loss at Morgantown as they took on the host Colonials, Brown, and Towson. The Terps started on the uneven bars for the first rotation and with Katy Dodds leading the way with a 9.775, Maryland would finish the first rotation tied for the lead with the host school with a team score of 48.650. The Terrapins moved to the balance beam for the second rotation and got terrific performances from Ebony Walters and Stephanie Giameo who scored 9.925 and 9.900 respectively. These scored propelled the Terps into the team lead halfway through the meet with a margin of 97.825 to the Colonials 97.250. On the floor exercise, Ally Kirkorian scored a 9.925 and the Terps extended their team lead to .900 point heading into the final rotation. In a bit of a surprise, Giameo bested her teammate Dodds for the top spot in the vault scoring 9.875 to Katy’s 9.850. These would hold up as the top two scores on this apparatus. Walters and Giameo unsurprisingly held the top two places on the beam while Kirkorian placed second on the floor exercise and her fellow Terrapins Dodd and Karen Tang tied for third. Dodds’s score was also good for third place on the uneven bars. In the all-around, Giameo held top honors while her teammate Kelly Cofsky capitalized on four solid performances to take third. The Terps won the team competition with a score of 196.150. Today’s meet closes out the regular season for Maryland as they now move on to the EAGL (East Atlantic Gymnastics League) conference championships in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

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In College Park, the Terrapin Baseball team engaged in an epic struggle with the Florida State Seminoles in the rubber game of a three game set. Florida State got on the board first breaking a scoreless tie by scoring three times in the top of the third. The Terps grabbed one back in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Papio led off with a triple and scored on Jack Cleary’s ground ball to short. The Seminoles wasted no time getting that one back scoring in the top of the fourth to once again open a three run lead. In what became something of a pattern for both teams, FSU had the bases loaded with one out Jamie Paschuk came on in relief of starter Jake Stinnett and escaped with no further damage. The Terps mounted a bases loaded threat of their own with two out in the bottom of the inning but failed to push a run across. The Seminoles put two more runners on in the fifth but left them both stranded wand the Terps were able to take advantage scratching out two runs in their half of the inning. Cleary opened with an infield single and moved to third on a double off the bat of Charlie White after Jose Cuas had struck out. He scored on Lamonte Wade, Jr.’s sacrifice fly. Kyle Convissar followed with a single up the middle scoring White and K.J. Hockaday’s single put Convissar in scoring position. But the Terps stranded both runners and FSU held on to its 4-3 lead. Florida State again loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with one out. Maryland brought in Jamie Price in relief of Paschuk and he got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout. The Terps got Blake Schmit into scoring position in their half of the inning but failed to push him across. The top of the seventh was a bit of déjà vu as the Seminoles again loaded the bases but Price pitched his way out of the jam again. It was more of the same for Maryland in the bottom of the inning as they put two on with one out but the inning ended on a double play. Exhale. There was no threat from FSU in the top of the eighth but there was one from Maryland in their half. Schmitt led off the inning with a single and Anthony Papio walked. Jack Cleary laid down a perfect sacrifice to the third baseman advancing both runners. Greg Olinski came in to bat for Cuas and smacked a grounder to third. Schmit was thrown out trying to score on the play and White stuck out to end the inning. FSU put runners on the corners with one out in the ninth but again failed to bring home the insurance run. Kyle Convissar managed a one out single in the bottom of the ninth but Florida State’s closer struck out the side and the Terps fell in another tough one by a final of 4-3. The Terps continue their home stand with a single game Tuesday night against James Madison and a three game weekend set with Wake Forest.

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Oh, back in Stony Brook (you didn’t think I’d forgotten, did you?), the second half of the lacrosse match between the Terrapins and the Seawolves got off to a slow start before Taylor Cummings found the net with an assist from Alex Aust six minutes in. Maryland had a free position chance at the 21:15 mark but the Stony Brook goalie again came up with a save on Beth Glaros’s shot. The defenses took control of the game for the next seventeen minutes or so with the Seawolves threatening several times getting off three shots in a seven minute span that were all saved by Kasey Howard. With just under five minutes remaining, the Terps got a little breathing room when Aust scored off a free position to put Maryland up 6-3. Taylor Cummings controlled the draw and a quick shot by Aust hit the post but Kelly McPartland was on the spot to pick up the ground ball and get the ball to Aust who found Brook Griffin for the Terps seventh score. Maryland notched goal number eight just sixteen seconds later. Griffin controlled the draw, got the ball ahead to Cummings who passed to Aust and bing, bang, boom, the Terps scored the final goal of the game and had an 8-3 lead. I should note that Stony Brook came into the game as the second leading scoring team in the country (behind MD) averaging almost 17 goals per game. Maryland held the Seawolves scoreless for nearly 40 minutes and the Terp defense yielded only eight goals in two games this weekend. The Terrapins wrap up their three game road trip with a game at William and Mary on Wednesday before returning home to take on James Madison Saturday at noon.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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