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Maryland In The Big Ten: Past And Future

August 17, 2015

Here's a look at how the University of Maryland's 19 athletic teams fared during their first season in the Big Ten, along With their projected outlook for year two.


2015: 42-24 overall; 14-10 Big Ten (T-third); won NCAA Los Angeles Regional; lost to Virginia in NCAA Super Regional

Terps Maryland Baseball 2015: Mike Shawaryn
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Outlook: The Terps reached the Big Ten title game and made another deep NCAA tournament run, but they could struggle next spring. Maryland lost a school-record eight players in the MLB draft, so head coach John Szefc has many holes to fill. Junior right-hander Mike Shawaryn, who holds the school record for career and single-season victories, earned first-team All-American recognition and should again be one of the nation's best pitchers next spring.

Men's Basketball:

2014-15: 28-7 overall; 15-4 Big Ten (second); lost to West Virginia in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament (first NCAA appearance since 2009-10 season)

Maryland Terps Basketball 2014-15: Melo Trimble (pointing, vs. Northwestern)
Photo Credit: Mitch Stringer/PressBox

Outlook: The Terps set a school single-season record with 28 victories and finished second behind NCAA finalist Wisconsin during their first Big Ten season. Head coach Mark Turgeon's team should enter this season as the conference favorite. Maryland will miss team leader Dez Wells, but will welcome back senior forward Jake Layman and sophomore guard Melo Trimble. The addition of highly touted recruit Diamond Stone could put the program on track for its best season since the 2001-02 team earned the NCAA title.

Women's Basketball:

2014-15: 34-3 overall; 18-0 Big Ten (first); won Big Ten regular-season and conference titles; reached NCAA Final Four for the second consecutive season

Terps Women's Basketball 2015: Brenda Frese
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Outlook: Maryland swept through the Big Ten, winning all 21 regular-season and conference tournament matchups. Despite the loss of standout guards Laurin Mincy (graduation) and Lexie Brown (transferred to Duke), the Terps should remain among the nation's elite teams. Standout starters Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones return, but it will be a challenge for head coach Brenda Frese's team to make a third Final Four trip in as many years.

Women's Cross Country:

2014: finished 14th of 14 teams at Big Ten championships

Outlook: Maryland placed only one runner in the top 100 at the Big Ten title race. Myah Hicks (88th in Big Ten) has graduated, but a group of runners that includes seniors Catherine Sheffo and Emily VandeWater and juniors Sydney Almeida and Charde Barnes will be critical to the Terps' improvement.

Field Hockey:

2014: 19-4 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (first); lost to Albany in the second round of the NCAA tournament

Outlook: Maryland won the Big Ten regular-season title and defeated all of its conference opponents except Northwestern. The Terps' route to another Final Four was halted by an upstart Albany squad. Despite significant graduation losses, the return of point-leaders Anna Dessoye and Sarah Sprink should keep head coach Missy Meharg's team in the hunt for the Big Ten title and another run at an NCAA championship.


2014: 7-6 overall; 4-4 Big Ten (third in East division); lost to Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl

Maryland Terps Football 2014: Randy Edsall (clapping)
Photo Credit: Mitch Stringer/PressBox

Outlook: Maryland held its own during the program's first Big Ten season. But blowout losses to conference elites Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State indicate that head coach Randy Edsall's team needs more work before it can contend for a Big Ten crown. With steady quarterback C.J. Brown and top receiver Stefon Diggs gone, Maryland will be rebuilding on offense. The defense, led by standout cornerback Will Likely, should be the team's best unit. Kicker Brad Craddock is one of the nation's best.

Men's Golf:

2014: finished tied for 10th of 14 teams at Big Ten championships

Outlook: The continued development of sophomore David Kocher, who tied for third at the Big Ten championship, could help Maryland improve its conference standing. Maryland lost Connor Tendall, who tied for 13th at the Big Ten match, to graduation.

Women's Golf:

2015: finished eighth of 14 teams at Big Ten championships

Outlook: The performance of Juliet Vongphoumy lifted Maryland to the middle of the Big Ten pack. But Vongphoumy graduated after earning All-Big Ten first-team recognition and finishing in a second-place tie at the conference championship. Heidi Baek, who tied for 43rd at the Big Ten match, is the Terps' top returnee.

Women's Gymnastics:

2015: 14-5-1 overall; 2-3 Big Ten; finished seventh at Big Ten championships; finished third in NCAA Auburn Regional

Outlook: After finishing second or third in the East Atlantic Gymnastic League from 2011-14, the Terps moved to the tougher Big Ten. Maryland earned an NCAA tournament berth for the seventh consecutive year, but will have to rebuild after losing valuable seniors Katy Dodds, Karen Tang and Stephanie Giameo. Senior Kathy Tang is the top returnee for a program that posted its highest regional finish since 2001.

Men's Lacrosse:

2015: 15-4; 4-1 Big Ten (T-first); lost to Denver in NCAA championship game

Terps Maryland Men's Lacrosse 2015: Matt Rambo
Photo Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox

Outlook: The Terps shared the inaugural Big Ten crown with Johns Hopkins and reached the NCAA tournament title game for the third time in five years. But head coach John Tillman's team suffered heavy graduation losses, including defenseman Casey Ikeda and faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. Senior Matt Bernlohr, the nation's most efficient goalkeeper last season, and junior attackman Matt Rambo will lead a 2016 Terps team that is hoping to break a 41-year NCAA title drought.

Women's Lacrosse:

2015: 21-1; 5-0 Big Ten (first); NCAA champion

Terps Maryland Women's Lacrosse 2015: Taylor Cummings (March 21)
Photo Credit: Mitch Stringer/PressBox

Outlook: The Terps rolled through the Big Ten regular season, lost to Ohio State in the conference tournament semifinals and rebounded to win their second consecutive NCAA championship. Maryland will have to replace prolific scorers Brooke Griffin and Kelly McPartland and standout defender Megan Douty. But the return of two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings, sophomore attacker Megan Whittle and senior defender Alice Mercer should help head coach Cathy Reese's team defend its conference title and remain in the running for the 2016 national title.

Men's Soccer:

2014: 13-6-3; 5-2-1 Big Ten (first); won Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships; lost to UMBC in first round of NCAA tournament

Maryland Soccer: Coach Sasho Cirovski
Photo Credit: Maryland Athletic Media Relations

Outlook: The Terps were the Big Ten's best team a year ago, but they fell short of a third straight appearance in the NCAA College Cup. Head coach Sasho Cirovski has significant holes to fill in the midfield and in goal. But the Terps' chance to repeat as the conference champion will be helped by the return of senior midfielders Mael Corboz, Tsubasa Endoh and David Kabelik.

Women's Soccer:

2014: 5-7-6; 3-5-5 Big Ten (ninth)

Outlook: In order for Maryland to move up in the Big Ten, it will have to find some goal scorers. The Terps tallied 17 goals in 18 games and lost top scorer Shade Pratt. But a solid back line, helmed by senior defender Shannon Collins and senior goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands, gave up only 16 goals all season and should be the team's strength again.


2015: 27-27; 9-14 Big Ten (tied for eighth)

Outlook: The Terps finished in the middle of the Big Ten. But the losses of Erin Pronobis, who led the team in average, and 19-game winner Kaitlyn Schmeiser will be difficult to overcome. Julie Wright, hired July 17 as Maryland's new head coach, will rely on seniors Lindsey Schmeiser and Corey Schwartz and junior Hannah Dewey.

Women's Tennis:

2015: 10-12; 3-8 Big Ten

Outlook: The Terps will return their top singles players, Alexandra Stanova, Ekaterina Tour and Nataliya Bredikhina, from a team that beat nationally-ranked Purdue during its final match. The graduation of Welma Luus means that Bredikhina will have to find a new partner at No. 1 doubles.

Men's Track and Field:

2015 Outdoor: finished 13th of 13 teams at Big Ten championships

Outlook: Maryland scored six points at the Big Ten outdoor championship meet. The Terps lost Jakub Zivec, who earned a berth in the NCAA championships with a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 meter run at the East Regional.

Women's Track and Field:

2015 Indoor: finished eighth of 13 teams at Big Ten championships

2015 Outdoor: finished 10th of 13 teams at Big Ten championships

Outlook: The Terps won three individual titles at the Big Ten meets, but lost one of their top two athletes to graduation -- Big Ten high jump champion Amber Melville. Senior thrower Chioma Onyekwere, a second-team All-Big Ten indoor choice, is Maryland's top returnee.

Women's Volleyball:

2014: 10-21; 3-17 Big Ten (13th)

Outlook: Maryland's initial year in the Big Ten was a long one. A young Terps squad defeated fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers twice and finished the season with a win against Northwestern. The return of senior Emily Fraik and sophomore Hailey Murray should help overcome the graduation of Ashleigh Crutcher, the Terps' best player in 2014.


2014-15: 5-15; 0-9 Big Ten (T-13th); 14th at Big Ten championships

Outlook: Maryland jumped from the ACC to the nation's most accomplished wrestling league. Most of the Terps' Big Ten matches resulted in lopsided losses, and it might take a while for head coach Kerry McCoy's program to catch up to the likes of NCAA champion Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State. With the loss of four-year standout Spencer Myers to graduation, Maryland will depend on seniors Geoffrey Alexander and Lou Mascola and junior Shyheim Brown. 

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