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Terrapin Title Tracker: Maryland men's lacrosse opens season with win over High Point

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This is your weekly roundup of Maryland non-revenue action. Let's take a look at their chances to win some hardware.

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No. 6 Women's Basketball

Maryland women's basketball played one of the worst 10 minutes of basketball that I have ever seen them play against Michigan. They scored just 10 points in the first quarter and turned the ball over eight times. The Terps came back and wore the Wolverines down in the second half. Maryland didn't start as slowly against Rutgers, but they wore the Scarlet Knights down in the same way.

Record this week: 2-0 (76-56 win over Michigan and a 73-59 win over Rutgers)

Record this season: (24-3, 13-2)

Grade for the week: A-. Maryland trailed going into halftime against Michigan, but showed the kind of talent and composure that they have in the second half.

Title Chances: 1/10. Maryland has almost no chance of repeating as Big Ten champions.

No. 1 Women's Lacrosse

Head coach Cathy Reese said that Maryland's first half against Georgetown was one of the best halves of lacrosse that she had seen in a very long time. The Terps were up 14-2 against the Hoyas going into the break. Caroline Steele is a very fun player to watch. She is going to score A LOT of goals for Maryland during her career. Maryland's first big test of the season comes this week when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on No. 2 UNC.

Record this week: 1-0 (18-8 win over Georgetown)

Record this season: (2-0)

Grade for the week: A-. Maryland crushed Georgetown, but had several defensive lapses in the second half that allowed the Hoyas to get back into the game.

Title Chances: 5. Maryland is the favorite to win the Big Ten title.

No. 4 Men's Lacrosse

Bryan Cole's three goals and four assists to help Maryland come back to beat High Point. Maryland won 15 of the 27 face-offs. That number is disappointing against a team like High Point. The Terrapins will have to be sharper in the circle and on offense and defense if they want to beat a ranked Yale team in New Haven next week.

Record this week: 1-0 (15-10 win over High Point)

Record this season: (1-0)

Grade for the week: B+. Maryland looked less than stellar in their first game of the season. They got the win, but a team with this much talent shouldn't be trailing High Point at halftime.

Title Chances: 5. Maryland was picked to finish second in the conference this season, but they have a great chance to win the Big Ten.

Wrestling

Maryland's senior day dual against Rider did not go the way it was supposed to. Geoffrey Alexander got caught on his back and ran out of time to finish his comeback. Lou Mascola had a big lead against a ranked wrestler, but got thrown to his back and pinned. Derrick Evanovich was competitive, but had a bit of a mental lapse and got pinned at the end of the third period. Tyler Manion and Josh Snook both got majored. Five seniors lost their final dual matches in ways that ran the gamut from disappointing to stunning to heartbreaking. Mark Colabucci was the lone senior to get a win on senior day. It was a very disappointing afternoon for Maryland wrestling.

Record this week: 0-1 (26-12 loss to Rider)

Record this season: (5-13, 1-8)

Grade for the week: F. The Terps gave up 20 points in just four matches. Maryland had some bad breaks, and the seniors and fans went home disappointed.

Title Chances: Zero.

Gymnastics

Top-15 Arkansas came to College Park and showed the GymTerps just how far away they are from reaching that tier of collegiate gymnastics. The Razorbacks only had one gymnast score under a 9.700 during the entire meet. They were as advertised. Meanwhile, Maryland was inconsistent and made errors that left the team with no margin for error. The Terps failed to execute in those pressure situations, and they lost by a significant margin. Maryland performed well, but it would have taken an outstanding performance to beat Arkansas. I'm not sure that the Terps are close to being capable of that yet.

Record this week: 0-1 (196.150-194.425 loss to No. 11 Arkansas)

Record this season: (2-7)

Grade for the week: D. The Terps continue to struggle in pressure situations. This team is very young and inexperienced and it showed at times on Friday.

Title Chances: Zero.

Softball

This was a disappointing weekend for Maryland softball. The team had a chance to beat the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide in the final at-bat of the game in their first game of the tournament and fell short. Georgia State walked off against them in the second game. They walked off against Mercer in the third game, but got beat soundly by Miami (OH) in the fourth game. The Terps took a 1-0 lead against Alabama in the rematch, but fell behind 5-1. They got within one run before the Crimson Tide blew it back open with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. There is some definite potential with this team. Head coach Julie Wright just needs to harness it and get this team to play consistently.

Record this week: 1-4 (1-0 loss to No. 5 Alabama, 4-3 loss to Georgia State, 6-5 win over Mercer, 7-1 loss to Miami (OH) and a 10-5 loss to No. 5 Alabama)

Record this season: (3-7)

Grade for the week: D. There were a few bright spots, like Lindsey Schmeiser breaking the Maryland career record for home runs, but they were hard to spot. At the end of the day, the Terps had a legitimate chance to go 5-0 at the tournament and they went 1-4 instead.

Title Chances: Zero.

Track and Field

The Track and Field team was not in action last week, but the Terps will be competing in the Big Ten Indoor Championships this week.

Women's Tennis

Maryland women's tennis has been consistently inconsistent this season. They lose to ranked LSU and a mediocre Harvard team by 6-1 scores, but come back and beat down Boston University by the same 6-1 margin. Maryland's doubles team is on a roll. The Terps won the doubles point against LSU, Tulane, Harvard and Boston, but they were 1-3 in those matches.

Record this week: 1-1 (6-1 loss to Harvard and a 6-1 win over Boston University)

Record this season: (2-5)

Grade for the week: C. The Terps got back in the win column for the first time since January 30th.

Title Chances: Zero.