Maryland has released its schedule for the 2014 season. Here is a breakdown of the slate that awaits the Terps, who went 10-4 last year and lost to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
10: Maryland has won at least 10 games in each of the last 11 seasons. The last time the program fell short of the 10-victory mark was 2002, when it went 9-4 in 2002 and missed the NCAA tournament. That also was the last time the school failed to play in the postseason.
9: The Terps surrendered an average of just 8.2 goals last spring, which ranked ninth in Division I. The defense returns four starters in senior goalkeeper Niko Amato, senior defenseman Michael Ehrhardt and junior defensemen Goran Murray and Casey Ikeda.
8: Maryland’s roster features just eight seniors. By contrast, the freshmen and junior classes lead the way with 14 members each.
7: The Terps will play seven games at Byrd Stadium in College Park and seven on the road. That includes the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which will take place at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
6: Of the 14 freshmen, six played in the Under Armour All-America Game in July. They are attackmen Connor Cannizzaro, Colin Heacock, Tim Rotanz and Matt Rambo; defenseman Mackenzie Pons; and goalie Daniel Morris.
5: This is the program's final year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Terps will play five league opponents -- two more than last season. In addition to longtime members Duke, North Carolina and Virginia, they will meet Syracuse on Feb. 22 and Notre Dame on April 19.
4: Maryland will clash with four teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA tournament, including national champion Duke. The team will visit the tournament runner-up Orange, welcome the Blue Devils on March 1, travel to the Tar Heels on March 23 and visit the Fighting Irish.
3: With six teams in the ACC, the conference tournament will be three games. The top four will meet in the semifinals April 25, and the teams that finish in fifth and sixth place will play April 26 at the same venue. The final will take place April 27.
2: Maryland’s longest stretch of home games is two. The team will welcome Mount St. Mary’s to Byrd Stadium on Feb. 8 and UMBC on Feb. 15, and then Virginia on March 30 and Robert Morris on April 2. Similarly, the Terps’ longest stretch of road contests is two. They will travel to Michigan on March 18 and North Carolina, and then visit Johns Hopkins on April 12 and Notre Dame.
1: The Terps will play Michigan for the first time in both programs’ histories on March 18 in Ann Arbor. But it won’t be the last -- both teams will play in the Big Ten in lacrosse in 2015.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun