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Maryland field hockey’s Linnea Gonzales named to US National Team

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Less than a week after winning the NFHCA’s National Player of the Year Award, Linnea Gonzales was promoted to the US National Team’s senior squad.

Gonzales has worked her way through the national team system, being named to the U-17 team in 2012 before earning her way onto the U-21 team in 2014. Earlier this year, she was named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad.

“Being named to the senior squad is a dream come true,” Gonzales said in a press release. “This is something that I have wanted since I was a little girl, so it is very exciting to be able to start this new journey with an empowering group of women. I am looking forward to new challenges, learning, growing, and competing with the best as I continue on with the sport I love. I am very grateful for everyone who has helped and supported me along the way. Can’t wait to start this new chapter!”

The Bel Air native and Patterson Mill graduate finished the 2018 season with a team-high 14 goals and 33 points, winning a bevy of awards after the season wrapped up. Besides winning National Player of the Year, she also was named an NFHCA First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year.

In other news

Good Counsel offensive lineman Mason Lunsford committed to Maryland football Friday night, becoming the second player to commit to the Terps since Mike Locksley was hired.

Speaking of Locksley, here are the details of his new contract.

The current football team put a bow on its 2018 season at its annual team celebration Saturday night. Anthony McFarland won Offensive Player of the Year while Tre Watson took home Defensive Player of the Year.

Nick Saban released a statement on what exactly DJ Durkin is doing at Alabama.

Here’s two stories from The Baltimore Sun from the weekend you may have missed. Edward Lee wrote about Donovan Pines’ stellar NCAA Tournament play opening new paths, and Mike Preston wrote about former Maryland head coach Mark Duffner re-energizing the Buccaneers’ defense.

Maryland basketball gave the family from the viral Karoake Cam video a gift for the holidays.