COLLEGE PARK - Freshman midfielder Jen Biscoe needed less than five games to help lead the Maryland women's soccer team to surprising early-season heights, but now her season has shockingly come to an end due to a freakish, non-contact injury.
Biscoe will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament she suffered Sept. 9 in a 1-0 loss to Richmond on natural grass. Biscoe was chasing a ball down in the defensive corner of the field and tried to change directions, resulting in the injury to the standout from John Carroll High who was The Sun's Player of the Year last season.
"This is obviously a great loss for us," Maryland coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski said. "Jen was a force for us. She was a personality on the field. She could change a game and was just getting a feel for the pace of the game at this level when this happened."
Higgins-Cirovski also said Biscoe was getting used to college defenses.
"Jen is obviously very upset," the coach said. "She's not used to being injured."
Higgins-Cirovski said the school would apply for a medical redshirt season for Biscoe, meaning the 5-foot-4 star would not lose a season's eligibility and have four years remaining.
"It's worth a try," Higgins-Cirovski said. "But we're not counting on anything. Right now, I just hope to get Jen back on the field for some spring stuff. Some people take four months to recover from an injury like this and others take 11. I'm thinking Jen won't be out anymore than six months."
If Biscoe had been injured in the first three games of the 18-game regular season, her chances for a medical redshirt would be greater since she would have played in less than one-fifth of the season.
The Terps (4-4) jumped all the way to No. 9 in the country after a 3-1 upset victory over No. 4 Penn State on Aug. 29, but they have fallen to No. 21 with two losses in three games without Biscoe. However, the setbacks came against No. 5 Stanford (3-0) and No. 19 Santa Clara (4-2).
Biscoe has been replaced in the starting lineup by her roommate, freshman Audra Poulin, who was the Washington Post's Player of the Year last season.
"Audra has played phenomenally in Jen's absence," Higgins-Cirovski said. "We have plenty of talent to replace Jen, but it's hard to replace that personality and fire she always brought to the team."