As Maryland leaves the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten, the Terps will be looking at an entirely new set of competitors in each of their intercollegiate sports.
With the transition becoming official Tuesday, here's a glance at each of Maryland's athletic programs, with recaps of their final year in the ACC and a look forward to what they'll face in the Big Ten.
Record: 40-23 (15-14 ACC)
Finish: 2nd in Atlantic Division
Recap: Second-year coach John Szefc led the baseball team to its best postseason run in program history. The Terps made the ACC championship game and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971. They were knocked out in the super regional, which is the furthest they have ever reached.
Outlook: The Terps will look to build off of this season's success and become one of the top teams in a weaker Big Ten. Indiana and Nebraska made this season's NCAA tournament, but both teams were knocked out in the regionals.
Record: 17-15 (9-9 ACC)
Recap: Three victories at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands were the only tournament wins for the Terps during coach Mark Turgeon's third season. The team lost to Florida State in the second round of its final ACC tournament and did not get selected for the NCAA tournament or the National Invitation Tournament.
Outlook: The Terps exit the ACC just as American Athletic Conference champions Louisville enter the league, but the Big Ten hardly gets easier for Turgeon's young bunch. The team hosts Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin next season.
Record: 28-7 (12-4 ACC)
Recap: After dropping their first game at the ACC tournament, the Terps rallied under coach Brenda Frese to make their second appearance in the Final Four, , where they lost to Notre Dame, 87-61. Senior forward Alyssa Thomas averaged 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while earning first-team All-America honors.
Outlook: The Terps are without Thomas next season, but making up for her loss will be an easier task in the Big Ten. The team will no longer have conference games against Notre Dame and Duke. Instead, its marquee matchups will be against foes like Penn State and Nebraska.
Women's cross country
Recap: Women's cross country finished second to last at the ACC championship meet, with senior Becky Yep leading the team with a time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Yep again paced the Terps at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, where the team improved to 15th out of 29 teams.
Outlook: Five teams in the Big Ten finished the season ranked in the top 30 nationally, while the ACC had four.
Record: 22-2 (6-0)
Recap: The field hockey team captured both the ACC regular-season and tournament titles before an upset loss to fourth-seeded Duke in the NCAA tournament semifinals. Forward Jill Witmer and defender Ali McEvoy were voted ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
Outlook: With the ACC traditionally a much stronger field hockey conference than the rest, the Terps should have few problems adjusting to the Big Ten. Michigan State was the most successful team in the conference last season, upsetting Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Record: 7-6 (3-5 ACC)
Finish in ACC: 5th in Atlantic Divison
Recap: The football team finished above .500 for the first time since the 2010 season, sporting a 7-5 record going into the Military Bowl clash with Marshall. While the Terps lost that game, 31-20, it marked the team's first bowl appearance under third-year coach Randy Edsall.
Outlook: The Terps will face top opposition on a more consistent basis in the Big Ten. Next season, they host powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan State at Byrd Stadium, and they visit Wisconsin and Michigan.
Recap: The men's golf team placed 11th out of 12 teams at the ACC championships. Senior Sean Bodosh shot a final-round 69 to tie for 14th in the individual standings.
Outlook: The Terps will face a similar quality of competition in the Big Ten as they did in the ACC. Both conferences had six teams in the NCAA regionals.
Finish: Tied for 9th
Recap: Junior Juliet Vongphoumy was a bright spot for the Terps at the ACC championships, finishing in a tie for 15th thanks to a first-round 72.
Outlook: The team will no longer be in the same conference as national champion Duke. Ohio State is the standout team in the Big Ten, finishing seventh in the NCAA championships.
Record: 17-8 (6-6 East Atlantic Gymnastics League)
Finish in EAGL: 2nd
Recap: Though senior captain Katy Dodds suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury before the third meet of the season, the gymnastics team was still able to finish second in the EAGL championships. The Terps' season ended, however, after a sixth-place finish in the NCAA regionals.
Outlook: The Terps are headed toward tougher competition in the Big Ten. Four teams from the conference made it out of their region in this year's NCAA championships, while no team from the EAGL got that far.
Record: 13-4 (4-1 ACC)
Recap: After getting upset by Cornell in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2013, John Tillman's team made another deep postseason run, reaching the Final Four for the third time in four seasons. But the Terps didn't get the chance to win their first national title since 1975, suffering an 11-6 semifinal loss to Notre Dame.
Outlook: The newly formed lacrosse conference will feature Johns Hopkins, but beyond that it will be a significant step down from the powerhouse ACC. The Terps will also host the inaugural Big Ten tournament.
Record: 23-1 (6-1 ACC)
Recap: The women's lacrosse team won its 12th national title with a 15-12 victory against Syracuse. The team had six All-Americans, and sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) won the Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player.
Outlook: Maryland was the most dominant team in the ACC, a conference filled with national powerhouses. The Terps' top opposition in the Big Ten will be Northwestern, which has won seven national titles since 2005. Maryland defeated the Wildcats in the national semifinals this season.
Record: 17-4-5 (7-1-3 ACC)
Recap: The men's soccer team fell just short of its fourth national championship, losing to Notre Dame in the title game, 2-1. Senior forward Patrick Mullins won the Hermann Trophy — given annually to the top men's soccer player — for the second year in a row, and he was a first-team All-American.
Outlook: Although the Big Ten will be less of a challenge for the men's soccer team than the ACC, it's still a formidable conference. Five teams from the Big Ten played in the NCAA tournament last season, with Michigan State making the quarterfinals.
Record: 10-10 (6-7 ACC)
Recap: The women's soccer team missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010 and bowed out in the first round of the ACC tournament to top seed Virginia.
Outlook: The conference switch might boost the Terps' chances of earning an NCAA tournament bid, as eight of Maryland's 10 losses last season came against ACC teams. Michigan, which finished second in the Big Ten and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals, could be the Terps' most formidable opponent.
Record: 11-35 (7-16 ACC)
Recap: The softball team never fully recovered after losing 23 of its first 24 games. Though the Terps improved during conference play, they still failed to qualify for the ACC tournament.
Outlook: The Terps won't have to worry about conference series against national power Florida State, which appeared in the Women's College World Series this year. The Big Ten is more balanced, however; it had three teams exceed 40 wins this past season.
Record: 9-13 (4-10 ACC)
Recap: The Terps improved their win total from the 2012-13 season by three but still couldn't advance past the first round in the ACC tournament, losing to Wake Forest, 4-1.
Outlook: The ACC had 14 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Americans this season, while the Big Ten had only one. The significant drop in individual talent between conferences could bode well for the Terps.
Men's track and field
Finish: 14th (outdoor championships)
Recap: After the university cut funding for the men's track and field team in 2011, the Terps have raised enough money to keep the outdoor team afloat for the past two seasons. Though the team struggled in the ACC championships, it finished second in both of its home meets this season.
Outlook: The ACC had no nationally ranked team in the conference last year, while the Big Ten had four. The switch might make it harder for the Terps during next year's conference championships.
Women's track and field
Finish: 10th (outdoor championships)
Recap: Despite its low finish in the ACC championships, the women's track and field team had some individual success this season. Jumpers Amina Smith and Amber Melville finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the high jump during the NCAA championships earlier this month, and both earned All-America honors.
Outlook: The Big Ten has fewer ranked teams than the ACC, so the Terps hope they can fare better.
Record: 13-19 (5-15 ACC)
Recap: The highlight was a four-set victory Oct. 6 over a solid Virginia team. As the Terps head to the Big Ten, they will be under new leadership, with Steve Aird replacing Tim Horsmon as coach.
Outlook: Aird and the Terps will have conference matchups against Penn State and Wisconsin next season, the teams that played in last year's national championship.
Record: 9-8 (3-3 ACC)
Recap: Senior Jimmy Sheptock won his third straight individual ACC title, and the team placed five wrestlers in the NCAA championships. Sheptock continued his strong run at the NCAAs, becoming the first Maryland wrestler since 1969 to advance to a national final before losing to Penn State's Ed Ruth.
Outlook: The Terps will take a step up in the Big Ten, the home of wrestling powerhouses Iowa and Penn State.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun