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After starting over, UMBC defender Marquez Fernandez is nearing top
After starting over, UMBC defender Marquez Fernandez is nearing top

In the winter of his discontent, Marquez Fernandez clung to a blanket of stress. He found no comfort. For as the Maryland men's soccer team's 2012 season spilled into December and a College Cup appearance, what had led him to College Park — talent, expectations, pressure — was now pushing him out. An odd thing, having to reconcile the burning desire to win a national championship with the realization that a career had been stopped cold. The former McDonogh star had come to Maryland in 2010 with All-America honors and a stress fracture caused by overplaying. Such was his talent on the field; such was his dedication to the sport. But happiness? Even while the NCAA crown...

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