An upset victory over the No. 8 Blue Devils might not be enough to put the Terps back in the NCAA tournament discussion, but it would at least give an underachieving Maryland team a small amount of solace in an otherwise disappointing season.
In its prime, Maryland-Duke was a series that emanated heat. While Duke fans professed indifference, the rivalry didn't fade away quietly at Maryland, not even after the school announced it would join the financially lucrative Big Ten beginning this July.
The quest to defend an NCAA men's lacrosse national championship can be used as motivation for both the defending champion and its opponents during the following year. But every coach would like to be in that situation, coming off a championship.
The Terps entered Tuesday night¿s game believing there could be no better occasion than in their farewell to the proud Dean Smith Center, a light-blue nightmare for visitors in which Maryland had lost seven of its previous eight games.
While Maryland's 80-60 win at Virginia Tech came against a bad, undermanned team that has lost eight straight games, the Terps showed that they are at least playing up to some of the potential their fans had hoped for going into the season.
Exploring the potential return of Maryland running back Wes Brown next season and his impact on the team, plus the Terps' basketball team's nonconference schedule and the recruiting fallout from Bill O'Brien's departure from Penn State.
Senior Alyssa Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed her 1,000th rebound as No. 8 Maryland routed the visiting College of Charleston, 103-51, on Sunday in the Terrapin Classic championship game in College Park.
Freshman Michael Sauers (Archbishop Curley) scored the winning goal in the 86th minute to give No. 5 seed Maryland a 2-1 victory at No. 4 seed California on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's soccer championship.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks have acquired standout Joe Walters (Maryland) in a blockbuster trade with Florida Launch, Major League Lacrosse's newest team, and Florida will receive three-time MLL champion Casey Powell.
Dave Dickerson's ties to Maryland's men's basketball program go back to playing in College Park for Lefty Driesell and Bob Wade from 1985 through 1989, and coaching there under Gary Williams from 1996 through 2005.
Prior to the Navy men's soccer team's first-round game in the NCAA tournament against Virginia Commonwealth University, the Midshipmen talked about making sure that their stay in the postseason wasn't a short one.
Senior forward Patrick Mullins' pass was directed by Virginia senior defender Kevin McBride into his own goal with 2:42 left in regulation to lift the No. 4 Terps to a 1-0 victory over the No. 12 Cavaliers before an announced 4,763 at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Sunday afternoon.