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Maryland field hockey has another loaded schedule in 2018

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

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Despite what looked at one point like it would be a down year, Maryland field hockey was one game away from capturing a national title in 2017. The team’s postseason run stood up as the best by a Terps squad in 2017-18.

This year, Missy Meharg’s team will play its usual daunting schedule. Maryland’s 20-game regular-season slate, announced in full Thursday, includes eight of the 15 other teams to make the NCAA Tournament, including reigning undefeated champion Connecticut. The Terps will play 11 teams that finished last season ranked.

The season starts with three games on the West Coast against Pacific, California and UC Davis. After that, Maryland will be home for two straight weekends for the fourth annual Big Ten/ACC Cup will be held in College Park followed by the Terrapin Invitational.

Maryland’s first Big Ten game will be Sept. 15 at Michigan State, and the Terps will go back and forth between conference and non-conference matchups until the regular season concludes. The Big Ten tournament starts Oct. 28 at campus sites and finishes the following weekend in Evanston, Illinois. The NCAA Tournament begins Nov. 9 and 11, with the Final Four in Louisville the next weekend.

Here’s the full regular-season schedule:

Date Opponent 2017 rank
Date Opponent 2017 rank
Aug. 24 vs. Pacific (game in Berkeley, CA) -
Aug. 26 @ California -
Aug. 27 vs. UC Davis (game in Berkeley, CA) -
Aug. 31 vs. Boston College (B1G/ACC Cup) 14
Sep. 2 vs. Duke (B1G/ACC Cup) 2
Sep. 8 vs. Delaware (Terrapin Invitational) 7
Sep. 9 vs. Harvard (Terrapin Invitational) -
Sep. 15 @ Michigan State -
Sep. 18 @ Princeton 11
Sep. 21 vs. Ohio State -
Sep. 23 vs. Michigan 3
Sep. 30 @ Connecticut 1
Oct. 5 vs. Rutgers 21
Oct. 7 @ Penn State 6
Oct. 12 @ Indiana -
Oct. 14 @ Iowa 24
Oct. 19 vs. Northwestern 10
Oct. 21 @ Virginia 5
Click here to see the schedule on the team site.

In other news

Byron Cowart could be one of Maryland football’s biggest X-factors this season. Here’s a story about him.

His teammates had some fun dancing to Drake yesterday.

Twenty-six Maryland student-athletes earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards for posting 3.7 GPAs in the 2017-18 academic year.

CBS put out its “Best in College Sports” rankings yesterday, and Maryland fell to No. 50 after spending three straight years in the top 20. (The formula heavily weights football and men’s basketball, which both took downward turns last year, and only includes two “wild card” sports that aren’t those or women’s basketball.)

Former Terps soccer star Patrick Mullins was acquired by the Columbus Crew, which reunites him with college teammates Alex Crognale and Zack Steffen.

Mystics point guard Kristi Toliver now has over 1,000 assists in her WNBA career. Her college program is as proud as you’d expect.

And if you didn’t see it yesterday, here’s an aerial view of Maryland’s campus.