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Maryland women’s soccer releases 2019 schedule

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

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Maryland women’s soccer released its 2019 schedule on Tuesday, as the Terps will look to improve after a 4-10-5 season in 2018.

Maryland will play more than half of its games at Ludwig Field, with 10 home matches and nine away contests on the schedule. The home slate is evenly split between conference and nonconference opponents and features three teams that played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The Terps will take on six 2018 tournament teams, taking on Princeton, Wisconsin and Minnesota at home and facing Auburn, Rutgers and Ohio State on the road. Maryland will unofficially open the season on Aug. 11 in a scrimmage against Delaware, but won’t have its first official kickoff until Aug. 22 against Georgia Southern, both at Ludwig.

After a 7-8-3 performance in 2017, Maryland took a step back this past season but managed to improve its conference record. The Terps added a win to their Big Ten total, going 2-7-2 after a 1-8-2 conference record in 2017, but still regressed overall.

Head coach Ray Leone will lose Rachel Egyed in goal to graduation, but returns the bulk of a solid defense. Leone will hope another year of experience from his young attack will be enough for the Terps to finish over .500 for the first time since 2012.

In other news

Today marks a year since Jordan McNair collapsed at a football workout after suffering heatstroke. Since his collapse and subsequent death 15 days later, Maryland has changed coaches and made changes to how it handles athlete health. However, as Barry Svulga of The Washington Post writes, there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Track and field will send five participants to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, next weekend, after the quintet advanced out of last weekend’s regionals in Jacksonville.

New wrestling head coach Alex Clemsen has made two more additions to his staff, hiring Nick Brascetta and Devin Mellon to be his assistants. Brascetta was most recently on staff at Tennessee, while Mellon joins after stints at Missouri and Oregon State.

Men’s golf’s Peter Knade was named to the PING All-Northeast Region team Tuesday. The Second Team All-Big Ten junior now has two straight All-Region honors.

Professional men’s lacrosse is at a crossroads of sorts, with Major League Lacrosse set to start the first season with the upstart Premier Lacrosse League also in existence. Experts are convinced they won’t be able to co-exist, from The Washington Post.

In WNBA news, Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones and the Connecticut Sun took down the Indiana Fever in the only game of the night. Each finished with just three points, but Thomas made her mark on the boards with a team-high 10, and had this impressive rip.