After winning the national championship, Maryland men’s soccer knew it would be losing at least five players to graduation. Forwards Amar Sejdic and Sebastian Elney, midfielders DJ Reeves and Andrew Samuels and defender Chase Gasper are all moving on from the program.
The Terrapins also have two juniors whose futures were less certain. Donovan Pines was expected to leave as a true junior since his pro prospects are high within the D.C. United organization — which owns his rights — and potentially abroad. And redshirt junior goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair finished his season by not conceding a goal throughout the 450 minutes of the NCAA Tournament, posting five straight clean sheets to bring home the title.
Unlike Pines, St. Clair didn’t play in any MLS academy, so his path to pro soccer was less clear. But over the weekend, the 6’4 keeper decided to move on from Maryland and enter the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 11 in Chicago.
Learned tonight that @MarylandMSoccer redshirt Jr. goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, who led the Terps to an @NCAASoccer championship earlier this month by not allowing a goal in the NCAA Tournament, has signed a Generation Adidas deal and will be in the #MLSSuperDraft next month.— Brooke Tunstall (@YesThatBrooke) December 30, 2018
In Top Drawer Soccer’s MLS Mock Draft from Dec. 26, St. Clair was projected to go No. 17 overall to Real Salt Lake. Also on the board were Samuels (No. 15, Colorado Rapids) and Sejdic (No. 18, Columbus Crew).
As for the 2019 Maryland men’s soccer team, three goalkeepers are currently on the roster. Alejandro Chacon will be a junior next season, while Craig Eichelberger and Russell Shealy will be sophomores. None have any regular-season experience with the Terps.
In other news
Maryland men’s basketball overcame a sluggish start to storm past Radford, 78-64, on Saturday night.
Ricky Lindo helped take over for an ill Jalen Smith and put in his best performance of the season.
Maryland walk-on and fan favorite Andrew Terrell was placed on scholarship, which delivered this awesome video.
College Park’s favorite walk-on blogger is now on scholarship!— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) December 29, 2018
Congrats @andrewterrell24! pic.twitter.com/MwMjLfx1zr
Despite trailing through three quarters to Big Ten foe Penn State, the No. 4-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team used a fourth-quarter run to stay undefeated.
Incoming Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley led Alabama’s offense past Oklahoma, 45-34, in the College Football Playoff semifinal. Check out these highlights:
And here’s the three-part recap of Maryland wrestling’s performance at the 56th Midlands.
That's all for the Terps from #Midlands56! For everything you need to know from this weekend in Hoffman Estates— Maryland Wrestling (@TerpsWrestling) December 30, 2018
Session I ➡️ https://t.co/eLGFgE75Wh
Session II ➡️ https://t.co/cTWcEyPLeO
Session III ➡️ https://t.co/HoHVzOKKWl#FearTheTurtle
Editor’s note: The Maryland Minute will return Wednesday, Jan. 2. Happy New Year!