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Softball Forgets the Broom Falls to VT 4-0 Plus a Snapshot Preview of Women's & Men's LAX Matchups

In something of a repeat of last weekend’s final home series of the season against North Carolina, the Maryland softball team fell short of sweeping a series after winning the Saturday twin bill. As happened last weekend, Maryland’s bats fell silent on Sunday and this weekend the Terps dropped the series ender 4-0 to the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg.

After the Terps put two on with two out but failed to score in the top of the first, the Hokies got on the board early with a solo home run by their lead off hitter in the bottom of the inning. Maryland put runners on first and second again with two outs in the top of the fourth when Candice Beards delivered the only Terrapins extra base hit of the contest – a one out double to left center and Lexi Carroll was hit by a pitch two batters later. The inning ended when Juli Strange ground out pitcher to first. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Schmeiser kept Virginia Tech in check until the bottom of the sixth when she gave up her second home run of the day failing to record an out in the inning. Lexi Carroll entered the game in relief of Schmeiser with a runner on first who eventually came around to score for the final 4-0 margin.

Now, it’s off to Tallahassee where the third seeded Terrapins will take on these same Virginia Tech Hokies in the opening game of the ACC Tournament. Should they take care of business in the single elimination matchup, they will face the winner of the game between second seeded NC State and seventh seeded Virginia on Friday. It’s likely that the Terps will have to win the ACCT to earn their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid though they might squeeze in with a run to the finals. Coming into the final series, Maryland’s RPI stood at 102. Winning two of three at 31st ranked Virginia Tech will certainly move them up but the ACC isn’t particularly strong this year as VT’s 31 in RPI is second to FSU’s 19 but UNC (38), NCSU (42), and even GT (82) entered the weekend above Maryland in RPI.

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In women’s lacrosse, Maryland took the top seed as expected. The Terps will host a home game in the second round on Sunday May 12th against the winner of the first round game between Towson and Stony Brook. The Terrapins played both teams on the road earlier in the season taking Towson down by a final of 11-8 and defeating Stony Brook 8-3 in Long Island a day after playing at Boston College. Should the Terps win on Sunday, they will host a quarter final game the following weekend. One intriguing potential opponent is eighth seeded Navy coached by former Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. Timchal led Maryland to seven consecutive national championships from 1995 to 2001 and eight overall before she decided to leave for the Naval Academy. Duke, Monmouth, and Princeton round out that half of the bracket.

On the men’s side, the Terrapins drew the expected sixth seed. The Terps first round opponent is the Big Red of Cornell. Cornell won the Ivy League regular season title but was upset by Princeton in the tournament semi-final. Looking at common opponents, Cornell beat Colgate 19-3 in Ithaca early in the season, beat UVA 12-11 in Charlottesville, and defeated Yale in New Haven by a final of 12-10. The Terps beat Coglate 18-6 in College Park, had a 9-7 win at Virginia and edged Yale 8-7 a couple of weeks ago in a game played at Byrd. Jake Nazar has posted a more in depth look at the matchups but if common opponents are any measuring stick this looks to be a close match up. The game is set for Saturday at 1:00 pm. I hope to catch the replay as I will be acting as a volunteer in some capacity at the Maryland Women’s Basketball mini-golf fund raiser in Columbia at game time.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)



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