No. 1 Women's Lacrosse
Maryland and Northwestern women's lacrosse have combined to win 10 of the last 11 national championships and 17 of the last 21. These two programs are quite familiar with each other, especially now that Maryland is in the Big Ten. While Maryland had won the last three games against the Wildcats by 11, 12 and 13 goals respectively, both teams were playing for the Big Ten Tournament title on Northwestern's home field.
Maryland and Northwestern were sloppy throughout the game, but it was an entertaining game to be sure. The Terrapins fell behind quickly, but scored four straight to take a 4-1 lead. Northwestern responded with four in a row to take the lead back. It was all tied up at six going into halftime, and the outcome was far from certain.
After trading goals early in the second half, Maryland made its decisive run. The Terps scored five unanswered goals and held Northwestern scoreless for 26 minutes in the second half. The Wildcats added two goals late because of turnovers and poor execution by Maryland, but by that point, the Terps still led by three goals with just over a minute left to go.
The Terps have beaten all comers this season and will enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. Maryland will look to win its third consecutive national championship as Taylor Cummings and Alice Mercer look to lead Maryland to the title one final time.
Record this week: 2-0 (19-9 win over Rutgers and a 12-9 win over No. 15 Northwestern)
Record this season: (19-0, 5-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Maryland had to battle to beat Northwestern, but the Terps will head to the NCAA Tournament with an undefeated record.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is your 2015-2016 Big Ten Champion in women's lacrosse.
No. 3 Men's Lacrosse
Maryland was one of if not the hottest teams in the country going into the Big Ten Tournament. The Terps left Homewood Field this weekend with their first-ever Big Ten Tournament title. The Terrapins dominated against Penn State and Rutgers. Maryland's defense stymied Rutgers' high-flying offense, and the offense moved the ball incredibly well in both games. Bryan Cole and Matt Rambo found teammates in good position time and time again.
Rambo had a combined six goals and five assists in the two games, Connor Kelly scored four goals in both games and Kyle Bernlohr made 12 saves in both games. The Terps are playing very, very well right now. A healthy Austin Henningsen would be huge for this team. He won seven of 10 faceoffs against Rutgers and would represent a big improvement in the circle.
Top-ranked Denver was upset by ranked Marquette in the Big East Tournament final, and second-ranked Brown was upset by Harvard this week in the Ivy League Tournament. That means that Maryland should claim the top spot in the rankings. The Terps already lead the nation in RPI and should be the No. 1 overall seed when the NCAA Tournament field is announced.
Record this week: 2-0 (16-9 win over No. 18 Penn State and a 14-8 win over No. 17 Rutgers)
Record this season: (14-2, 5-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Maryland beat ranked Penn State and ranked Rutgers convincingly to capture its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is your 2015-2016 Big Ten Tournament Champion in men's lacrosse.
Inconsistency has been the biggest weakness for Maryland baseball this season. It reared its ugly head once again against Illinois. The starting pitching was inconsistent. The bullpen was inconsistent. The hitting was inconsistent. Maryland needed to win this series to make the case that it should make the NCAA Tournament. After this week, it looks pretty clear that Maryland doesn't deserve to be in the field.
Record this week: 1-2 (4-2 loss to Illinois, 3-1 win over Illinois and a 5-4 loss to Illinois)
Record this season: (25-20, 10-8)
Grade for the week: D. Maryland's series loss to Illinois might be the nail in the coffin that causes them to miss out on the NCAA Tournament.
Title Chances: 0. Maryland is not going to win the Big Ten title.
This has been a rough season for Maryland. The Terps set a new single-season record for losses in Julie Wright's first year as head coach. Brenna Nation set a new single-season record for losses by a pitcher. It was a bad year. Maryland had to get some serious help to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament coming into this series. The Terrapins had to sweep Indiana and have Michigan State get swept.
Michigan State won on Friday, eliminating Maryland from postseason play. The Terps then dropped both games of their doubleheader on Saturday. With their losing streak at 13, the Terrapins broke a 6-6 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Record this week: 1-2 (8-3 loss to Indiana, 12-1 (5) loss to Indiana and a 10-8 win over Indiana)
Record this season: (12-40, 4-19)
Grade for the week: D. The Terps lost the series and were eliminated from postseason play, but won on senior day.
Title Chances: Zero. Maryland's season is over.
Track and Field
The Terps won both the men's and women's team title at the Kehoe Twilight Meet. The men's side scored 157 points. The next closest team to them was Georgetown with 64. The women's side scored a jaw-dropping 311 points. Georgetown finished as runner-ups with a mere 33 points.