No. 1 Women's Lacrosse
Maryland's gritty win against No. 13 Penn State on Thursday night was an incredibly entertaining game, but it was also a game that Maryland needed to play. The Terps needed to face more adversity, especially as they enter the postseason. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Penn State refused to go away. After Maryland took a 7-5 lead early in the second half, the Nittany Lions erased it over a stretch of 18 minutes. They went from being down 7-5 to being up 8-7 with 10:27 left to play.
The Terps responded by scoring the equalizer before going ahead on a goal by Caroline Wannen. Jen Giles made it 10-8 with a little over three minutes left in the game. That goal would hold up as the game-winner, and the Terps captured the outright Big Ten title.
Maryland women's lacrosse finished its regular season undefeated for the second straight year and third time in the last four years. The Terps still haven't allowed 10 goals in a game this season. Head coach Cathy Reese said the Terrapins still have "unfinished business". That starts this week as the Terps look to win the Big Ten Tournament title.
Record this week: 1-0 (10-9 win over No. 13 Penn State)
Record this season: (17-0, 5-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Maryland gutted out a very tough win to finish the regular season undefeated and capture the outright Big Ten title.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is your 2015-2016 Big Ten Champion in women's lacrosse.
No. 3 Men's Lacrosse
Maryland did a fantastic job against Johns Hopkins and its high-octane offense. Maryland lost 17 of the 22 faceoffs, but managed to beat a very good Blue Jays team on the road. The Terps had really good balance on offense and took advantage of some mistakes by the young Hopkins defense. They led 5-4 at the half and 8-6 going into the fourth quarter. Maryland actually stretched the lead to five before Hopkins scored a couple of goals late to make it closer.
Maryland has now won 11 games in a row. The Terps not only defeated No. 8 Johns Hopkins in the 105th installment of "The Rivalry", but they also won the outright Big Ten title. Maryland will head back to Homewood Field for the Big Ten Tournament this week.
Record this week: 1-0 (11-8 win over No. 8 Johns Hopkins)
Record this season: (12-2, 5-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Maryland avenged last year's loss in the regular season finale by going to Homewood Field, beating Hopkins in "The Rivalry" and capturing the outright Big Ten title.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is your 2015-2016 Big Ten Champion in men's lacrosse.
Mike Shawaryn broke the Maryland all-time career strikeouts record, and Maryland won its second straight Big Ten series. The Terps had to win a shootout earlier in the week against James Madison, but they took two of three from the Nittany Lions in State College. Maryland has three series left in Big Ten play, and two of them come against teams below them in the standings. The Terps need to win all three series and will probably need to sweep at least two of them in order to have a shot at the Big Ten title.
Record this week: 3-1 (19-12 (10) win over James Madison, 7-1 win over Penn State, 2-0 loss to Penn State and an 8-3 win over Penn State)
Record this season: (24-19, 9-6)
Grade for the week: B+. Maryland has put together back-to-back Big Ten series wins, and Mike Shawaryn is starting to dominate opposing hitters again.
Title Chances: 3. Maryland is only one game out of third place in the conference, but they haven't shown the consistency that they'll need to put a long winning streak together.
Brenna Nation picked up her 19th and 20th losses of the season this weekend, and the Terps looked pretty bad at the plate, in the field, and in the pitching circle. Maryland has now lost its 11th game in a row and has now been mercy-ruled for the sixth consecutive game. The Terps didn't even make it past the fifth inning in their three games this week.
Record this week: 0-3 (10-0 (5) loss to No. 24 Minnesota, 11-1 (5) loss to No. 24 Minnesota and a 9-0 (5) loss to No. 24 Minnesota)
Record this season: (11-38, 3-17)
Grade for the week: F. Maryland didn't make it out of the fifth inning this week. Even an 'F' feels generous this week. Embarrassing doesn't do it justice.
Title Chances: Zero.
Track and Field
Chioma Onyekwere led the way for Maryland at the Penn Relays by taking second in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
Maryland women's tennis' season is over after falling in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals to No. 51 Illinois. However, there are reasons to be optimistic for next season. Almost all of the starters are returning, and the Terps finished with a winning record in Big Ten play.
Record this week: 0-1 (4-1 loss to No. 51 Illinois)
Record this season: (10-12, 6-5)
Grade for the week: C. The Terps were not expected to beat ranked Illinois, and they didn't.
Title Chances: Zero. Maryland women's tennis' season is over.