Former Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen has gone from stopping shots for the black and gold to stopping shots for the red, white and blue.
Steffen made his first start in goal for the U.S. national team against Paraguay Tuesday night, recording two saves in a 1-0 win. The former Terp made his national team debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina in January, and previously served as a goalie on the U-18 and U-20 national teams.
Steffen starred at Maryland in 2013 and 2014, playing every minute in goal both years. As a freshman, he helped led the Terps to an appearance in the College Cup final, where he was recognized as the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the NCAA Championship. He was also named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament the following year on a team that won the tournament in its inaugural season in the conference.
With Tim Howard likely retiring before the 2022 World Cup, Steffen will see appearances throughout friendlies and World Cup qualifying over the next four years. If the U.S. qualifies for Qatar and Steffen makes the roster, he would join Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi as former Terps who have represented the U.S. on the world’s biggest stage.
In other news
Here’s Steffen’s former coach, Sasho Cirovski, along with Maryland players and many others discussing what’s wrong with college soccer.
Both Maryland lacrosse teams picked up multiple weekly awards from the Big Ten Tuesday. On the men’s side, senior Bryce Young was named Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Justin Shockey was named Specialist of the Week.
The women’s team swept all three awards, with senior Megan Whittle winning Offensive player of the Week, junior Megan Taylor winning Defensive player of the week and Grace Griffin winning Freshman of the Week.
Maryland baseball continues to struggle in midweek games, including a 10-3 loss at Richmond yesterday.
Maryland gymnastics is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015, and will compete in the Raleigh regional on April 7.
While Maryland women’s basketball’s season is over, senior Kristen Confroy will compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in San Antonio tomorrow. You can catch the event at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Speaking of women’s basketball, here are some of my reflections on this season.
Maryland commits Jalen Smith and Shakira Austin will play in the boys’ and girls’ McDonald’s All-American game tonight. Both appear in the photo in the top right corner, with Smith in the center and Austin on the left.